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Blog Spy Vol 37: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 22/10/2013
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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.


Know Your Role! – Being Invested and the Art of Objectivity – Keith Klain

“Recently I gave an interview to Duncan Nisbet from Lets’ Test which ranged in topics from my role at Barclays, the work we are doing with Per Scholas, and my talk on “Testing for Confidence” for EuroSTAR. Thomas Hulvershorn had a great comment and observation on Facebook about the idea of providing information without weighing in on release decisions.” Read more here.


Are you ‘Checking’ or ‘Testing’ (Exploratory) Today? – John Stevenson

“Do you ask yourself this question before you carry out any test execution? If not then this article is for you. It starts with a brief introduction about the meaning of checking and testing in the context of exploration and then asks the reader to think about the question then evaluate the testing they are doing and determine from their answer if what they are doing has the most value.” Read more here.”


Career Paths and Testing – Rob Lambert

When you’re advancing your career in testing it’s easy to get sucked in to the lure of big titles like Test Manager, Programmer Manager etc, especially if your using some of the mainstream “career path” guidance tools. The offer of a test manager role might seem like an attractive offer compared to a “test engineer” or something like that. However, apply caution, in my experience most test managers I’ve known have done little other than manage artifacts (test cases). A role title does not accurately reflect the role. Read more here.

Career Paths And Testing


Networking event on EuroSTAR – Derk-Jan de Grood

The term conference is closely related to the term conferring, consulting each other. Visiting the EuroSTAR conferences gives you many opportunities to do so. Read more here.


Time-tracking in Scrum – Markus Gärtner

“”Where should our developers book their hours on when we move to Scrum?” I was asked recently at a client. I am helping them roll out their new development methodology which leverages a big deal of Scrum among 17 teams. One of the questions in the larger organization was, how to do time-tracking. I knew I needed to dive deeper into that.” Read more here.


Problems computers (still) don’t solve for us – Carsten Feilberg

“I’m constantly using computers for professional and leisure purposes, and spread over several technologies. And it strikes me so often nowadays, that they have all come to suffer from the same troubles. In more cases than not, computers are taking up our time by requiring us, their lords and masters (aka human beings), to do a lot of different things, that we really shouldn’t be bothered with. We have enslaved ourselves so deeply in the need for computing services that we accept doing this!” Read more here.


Let’s break the Agile Testing Quadrants – Gojko Adzic

“Five years ago, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory brought testing kicking and screaming into agile, with their insanely influential Agile Testing book. They are now working on a follow-up. This got me thinking that it’s about time we remodelled one of our sacred cows: the Agile Testing Quadrants. Although Brian Marick introduced the quadrants a few years earlier, it is undoubtedly Crispin and Gregory that gave Agile Quadrants the wings. The Quadrants were the centre-piece of the book, the one thing everyone easily remembered. Now is the right time to forget them.” Read more here.


What I love about QA and Testing…. Gareth Waterhouse

“Many people are unfortunate enough to be in a job that they don’t like, I won’t use the word hate, as that’s a strong word, but I’m sure it applies to some people.

I’m lucky, in that when it boils down to it, I do enjoy doing what I do, I enjoy coming to work (and not just to get out the house!) I recently spent time off from work for 3 and a bit weeks, I must say I missed work, I missed the routine, but not only that I missed the people, the actual work I do, the challenges and just keeping my brain active.” Read more here.


Question with sprinkle of humility on the side – Anne-Marie Charrett

“Why do testers insist on trying to be influential? I suspect part of the reason is that part of a tester’s job is to recognise problems. Too often, testers see that the *real* problem is not the software itself, but the process behind the software and go into bug prevention mode. That sort of change requires influence.” Read more here.

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