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Blog Spy Vol 44: A Weekly Round-up From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 30/01/2014
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Welcome to the second Blog Spy round up of 2014. Here are some of the latest blog posts from the Software Testing Industry that have caught our eye during the past week:

Top 5 Things a Tester Must Have to Excel (And the Software Tester’s Shifting Perspectives)

“As we got into the groove of things, we also got into the boring and deadly rut of manual testing. Getting into such a situation is easy, because it requires no effort and no brainpower. But realizing it, and wanting to get out of it is not at all easy. The trick is to not get into such a rut in the first place.” This blog post shares the list of what they think are the top five things a tester must have to excel.

Read more here.

Test Jumpers: One Visions Of Agile Testing – James Bach

“Many software companies, these days, are organized around a number of small Agile teams. These teams may be working on different projects or parts of the same project. I have often toured such companies with their large open plan offices; their big tables and whiteboards festooned with colorful Post-Its occasionally fluttering to the floor like leaves in a perpetual autumn display; their too many earbuds and not nearly enough conference rooms. Sound familiar, Spotify? Skype? I have a proposal for skilled Agile testing in such places: a role called a “test jumper.””

Read more here.

Passing Test Cases – Michael Bolton

“Testing is not about making sure that test cases pass. It’s about using any means to find problems that harm or annoy people.”

Read more here.

You have to believe in change for it to happen – Rob Lambert

“After delivering my talk at EuroSTAR last year about weekly releases I got lots of positive responses, but also some intense negativity and skepticism about the subject.” Read more here.

Riffing on the Quadrants – Alan Page

In 2003, Brian Marick introduced the concept of “Agile Quadrants” to describe the scope of testing[1] (later expanded on by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory[2]). Several people (including me) have expanded and elaborated on the quadrants to describe the scope and activities of testing. One challenge I’ve seen called out before is that there are varying definitions of what a unit actually is. Many unit tests in existence today are actually functional tests, and some may even be better defined as acceptance tests.

Read more here.

Standard Risk List for Projects – Nicolai Nielsen

“Problem: Risks are cumbersome to identify, and requires grooming before discussion can take place. Working with risks require that they are well documented and made accessible for the organization to absorb and work with.”

Read more here.

If Managers Don’t Give Performance Reviews, What Happens? – Johanna Rothman

There’s a great comment to my recent Management Myth: Performance Reviews Are Useful. The writer asks questions such as how do bonuses work, how can a company know who is contributing and who isn’t and many more, which Johanna paraphrases in this blog post.

Read more here.

Using games to aid tester creativity – John Stevenson

“Recently Claire Moss blogged about potty training and how this came about from a card game called Disruptus I introduced to the Atlanta Testing meet up while I was in the USA. This reminded me that I was going to blog about how I use this tool in a workshop and in my day to day testing to improve upon my own and teams testing ideas.”

Read more here.

Potty Training – Claire Moss

My first experience with testing games was back at my first testing conference when Michael Bolton gave me a testing challenge at lunch: a rubber ball. I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I knew I loved games. And that is a key aspect of how games help us to learn: getting past our resistance by promising us fun. Since software testing is a complex mental activity, exercising our minds is an important part of improving our work.

Read more here.

Continuous Acceptance – Markus Gärtner

“Over the past year I ran a couple of Scrum trainings. At first I found it sort of funny to notice that amount of misconceptions that seem to appear in these various classes. Recently I figured that it would be more helpful to clarify some of them. Among one of the larger, and probably more manifested misconceptions regarding Scrum lies in the Sprint Review meeting. Let’s examine that one today. I am quite sure that someone has written about this before. I found that it would be worth to throw in my point of view as well.”

Read more here.

Automated Functional Testing – A Test Activity? – Stephen Janaway

“If you are a functional test automation expert then times are good. There’s big bucks to be made in the contracting game, companies are desperate for candidates to ‘automate everything’ and to get to this oddly perceived test automation nirvana that those who are either mis-informed or have hidden agenda’s seem to feel fit to promote.”

Read more here.

On the Testing of Normative Theories – Joris Meerts

“While I was writing a piece on newly created Dutch testing approach, I took a closer look at a couple of models in testing. In particular I tried to assess the Tester Freedom Scale by Jonathan Bach andthe Heuristic Test Strategy Model by James Bach. To me, both these models are descriptive theories, which means that they try to capture and explain some of the phenomena in software testing.”

Read morehere.


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