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Blog Spy Vol 36: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 15/10/2013
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A round up of some of the latest blog posts from the Software Testing Industry in the past week. If you would like to have your blog featured in our regular round-up, please email details and a link to the post to [email protected] or tweet us @esconfs.

Why tea is a great tool for a tester! – Dan Ashby

So, from making tea, drinking tea and offering tea (or coffee) there are many aspects of how each of these can really help us in the workplace! Add it to your testing tool arsenal and let me know how it works out for you!” Read more about why you should add tea to your testing tool boxes here.


Dealing with time pressure – Jeroen Mengerink

There hasn’t been a project that didn’t have any form of time pressure. So we can easily conclude that we need to deal with this pressure. Can we always do this in the same way? Read more here.



Andy Glover discuss the ISO/IEC 29119 through a series of illustrations. See them here.


Yu Han on what Software Testing means to me – Anne- Marie Charrett

“Last year I had the honour of teaching post graduate students the subject of software testing at the University of Technology Sydney. I asked students if they would like to write a post on testing on my blog. Yu Han did, and here it is.”


Believing in the Requirements – John Stevenson

“Traditionally in testing there has been a large amount of emphasis placed upon ‘testing’ ‘checking’ the requirements. An article by Paul Holland on Functional specification blinders and my currently reading of Thomas Gilovich excellent book on How we know what isn’t so has made me re-think this strategy from a psychological perspective. I feel Paul was on the right track with his suggestions of not using the requirements/specification to guide your creative test idea generation but looking at alternatives. However even these alternatives could cause limitations in your thinking and creative ideas due to the way we think.” Read more here.


A Decade in Software Testing – In Search of The Master – Parimala Hariprasad

“On 14th August 2013, I completed *ten* cool years in testing. While I am not a great fan of numbers, ten years is significant because of my journey in this time. It’s been special, hard, painful and yet highly satisfying. This journey made be tougher in terms of handling situations and gentler while dealing with people. I wish to jot down my learning journey in these ten years as a series of blog posts. These blog posts are a gift to myself because I started this wonderful journey here – on Curious Tester blog! I am writing it down so I can look back when I want to, when I need to. If I lose hope someday, I would like to come back and regain it here.

3 Tips for Overcoming Shyness at Conferences – Phil Kirkham

“I recently attended the CAST testing conference in Madison, WI and was really glad that I went. While driving there I was nervous, as I am shy and an introvert – but I also know that a lot of the value you can get out of a conference is talking with the people there. I did not want to be this guy, sitting in a hotel room and missing out on the interactions with the other attendees.

So what did I do to make sure I got more from the conference than just listening to the speakers?” Read Phil’s 3 tips here.


Agile Tester vs. Technical Debt – Harry M. Sneed & Richard Seidl

Harry & Richard provide an abstract from the book “Agile Testing – Der agile Weg zur Qualität” (Agile Testing The agile way to quality) from the authors Manfred Baumgartner, Martin Klonk, Helmut Pichler, Richard Seidl and Siegfried Tanczos. Read more here.


Assumptions ahead… Beware – Kristoffer Nordström

“Recently I was asked to participate on the Eurostar community blog in an interview. One of the questions I got there was what I would recommend for a young aspiring tester, my answer contained “[…] challenge everything and beware of assumptions.” This blog contains advice from Kristoffer about being aware of assumptions as a tester.

Focus on Mobile Functional Automation and need of the hour Performance Engineering for mobile apps.

Functional test automation has emerged as the watchword of reliable way to test functional robustness of mobile applications. Offering a quick and swift approach to aid human tenacity and overcome costly affairs, functional test automation offers great succor to relieve pressure on developers, testing teams, and end-users alike. Read more here.


Test Data Masking and Tool Pilot Experiences – Kalilur Rahman

Part two: Following on from the blog post ‘Test Data Management – Security Compliance whilst performing production Data Extraction / Data Anonymisation using Tools’ this blog presents a case study of an actual implementation of a Test Data Management tool and the results achieved. Read more here.

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