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Blog Spy Vol 42: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 12/12/2013
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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.

Wait…what? – Tales from the Testing Dark Side – Keith Klain

“I recently gave a talk at the EuroSTAR conference in Gothenburg, Sweden about how I feel you can re-frame the perception of your testing effort in your organisation. A big part of the philosophy underpinning my approach is to be honest, frank and up front about what is, and is not working with yourself first – then address anything that comes after that.”

Read more here.

Representation Of Testing – Duncan Nisbet

“After I finished reading “Are Your Lights On” by Jerry Weinberg, several things started happening. This post gets a bit surreal, so please stick with it, it should make you smile if nothing else…”

Read more here.

The Testing Focus Shift: Back To Its Roots? – Jeff Nyman

“There is a large debate ongoing in the testing community about how technical a tester has to be. I actually believe that a tester has to be technical enough to implement test solutions when they are most needed or know how to gather the skills to become technical enough. Pretty vague, huh? The problem is that it really depends on what test solutions you need and the skills needed to create them.”

Read more here.

Hiring for an Agile Team: Create the Agile Interview – Johanna Rothman

“When I talk about interviewing an agile team, many people think, “Oh, we should pair!” and that’s it. But, many teams don’t pair regularly. If you pair in the interview and you don’t pair at work, you have an incongruent interview. That’s not helpful to you or your candidate.”

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Improving your agile flow – Alister Scott

“I’ve noticed two counterforces to flow on an agile team: rework and human multitasking. It’s common knowledge that rework is wasted effort, and human multitasking should be avoided as it reduces velocity through inefficient human context-switching, and can increase further errors through insufficient attention to tasks at hand.”

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Choosing Continuous Delivery – Amy Phillips

“Continuous Delivery (CD) is looking like it’s the new Agile. Teams hear about the wonderful things that happen with you implement CD and rush to get on-board. In reality CD is the same as any process, there are pros and cons to adopting the approach. Not every team could. or even should want to change their culture and process to allow CD to work. However if you have a team, including business people, who are willing to take the steps required then CD can have a huge impact on team morale.”

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25 Secrets That Have Made Me a Better Tester – Colin Cherry

Colin shares 25 secrets that he feels have made him a better tester.

Read them here.

There Ain’t No ROI in Software Testing – Dawn Haynes

“Using a return on investment calculation for testing (or test automation) is an error. It’s misuse. It’s kinda like my misuse of English grammar in the title up there … But I doubt you had any trouble understanding my meaning, and you may already understand my “joke.” Regardless, it’s still wrong.” Read more here.

Justifying Real Acceptance Testing – James Bach

“This post is not about the sort of testing people talk about when nearing a release and deciding whether it’s done. I have another word for that. I call it “testing,” or sometimes final testing or release testing. Many projects perform that testing in such a perfunctory way that it is better described as checking, according to the distinction between testing and checking I have previously written of on this blog. As Michael Bolton points out, that checking may better be described as rejection checking since a “fail” supposedly establishes a basis for saying the product is not done, whereas no amount of “passes” can show that it is done.”

Read more here.

Software demand curve – Allan Kelly

Returning to my series of posts applying the tools of economics to software development – Supply & Demand in software development, Software supply over time and Software supply & demand – this time its Agile – it is time to turn our attention to the demand curve. First a reminder of how things start…”

Read more here.

Read some of the more recent Blog Spy Round-Ups:  Volume 39Volume 40,Volume 41.
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