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Blog Spy Vol 41: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 06/12/2013
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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.

Stuff About Leadership – Alan Page

“In my last post, I wrote a bit about what it takes to build a great team, and how it takes a great team to build great software (which also covers about half of what I spoke about at STAR West in October). In this post, I’ll see if I can cover the other main points from that presentation which include Leadership and management and Learning leadership.”

Read more here.

Potential and Kinetic Brokenness – Why Testers Do Break Software – Adam Knight

“I’m writing this to expand on an idea that I put forward in response to a twitter conversation last week. Richard Bradshaw (@friendlytester) stated that he disliked saying that testers “break software” as the software is already broken. His comments echo a recent short blog post by Michael Bolton “The Software is already broken” . I know exactly what Richard and Michael are saying. Testers don’t put problems into software, we raise awareness of behaviour that is already there. It sometimes feels that the perception of others is that the software is problem free until the testers get involved and suddenly start tearing it apart like the the stereotypical beach bully jumping on the developers’ carefully constructed sandcastles. I disagree with this statement in principle, however, as I believe that breaking software is exactly what we do…

Read more here.

My approach on getting grip on exploratory testing – Pascal Dufour

“How to do a decent job on Exploratory testing. That is the question I gave my self at the beginning of this year.” Pascal share what he did this year to help him get a grip on exploratory testing.

Read more here.

I hacked Santa Claus – Teemu Vesala

“Security is important part of modern systems. But as the testers we usually think only about application security. Unfortunately reality is that easiest way to intrude to the system is to cheat people. This is story about me and Santa Claus.

This year I won’t be without Christmas presents! Actually I managed to find out, how to change the present allocation to 10% of Santa’s budget. It started with the e-mail I got. I investigated its headers and there was domainsanta-claus-intelligence-agency.com. (I’ll call the agency as SCIA.) It got me really excited! So I started to dig around.”

Read more here.

“The best kind of bug report” – Kristoffer Nordström

“Tweet: The best kind of bug report is the one I don’t have to write. Now this cryptic tweet can mean a few different things. What I meant at the time had its origin in a discussion I had with a team member and developer just before that. He had been working on a feature for a web portal and worked late last night. So normally I pick up the work my developers have done and start with an hour of exploratory testing.”

Read more here.

Obsessive testers? – Nicolai L. Nielsen

“We had quite a laugh here at the office the other day when looking at the pictures in this Blog post:

http://dunzo.net/30-infuriating-images-that-will-trigger-your-ocd

Obsessive or not, any testers looking at the pictures will recognize the feeling they get when testing and hunting for bugs. When the bug is close you get the feeling of “something-is-not-right-here!”

Read more here.

Blog: Very Short Blog Posts (9): “Insufficient Requirements” – Michael Bolton

“Some people say they “don’t have enough requirements to start testing,” or that the requirements are unclear or incomplete or contradictory or out of date. First, those people usually mean requirements documents; don’t confuse that withrequirements, which may be explicit or tacit.”

Read more here.

Getting Hired – At Conferences – Rob Lambert

“One of the things that I have observed from a number of testing conferences is that none of them have any sustained focus on hiring or getting hired *.

There have been one or two sessions about the topic of hiring but nothing sustained. The occasional tracks that I have seen have been mostly focused around the hiring strategies of big corporates where bums on seats is sometimes more important than cultural team fit.”

Read more here.

Winning or losing in gamified test situations – Martin Jansson

“Games are not always about winning or losing. Each game can have different objectives. In my early youth I started with role playing games and later on story telling games. At the time, people who knew little about it sometimes asked us, “Who is winning?”. Being 7 years old, I didn’t really know what to say, in a good way, to explain to this grown-up that winning or losing is not always the objective. Instead, when we were role playing we worked as a group to go on with the story, to gain experience, to improve the character with skills and items and, probably above all, to have fun.”

Read more here.

Read some of the more recent Blog Spy Round-Ups:  Volume 38Volume 39,Volume 40.  Don’t forget to email or tweet us your blog posts to be featured in next weeks Blog Spy round up!

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