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Blog Spy Vol 45: A Weekly Roundup From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 05/02/2014
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Welcome to the third 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:

Beer Coaching – Markus Gärtner

“To avoid any upcoming confusions, beer coaching is not about coaching people to drink beer. It’s more coaching a larger organization by putting a crate of beer in the middle in the evening, and have chats with people. I didn’t invent this one. A few weeks ago, a colleague, christian dähn told me that he was bringing a crate of beer to a client to have an opportunity to talk to some folks, and reach a deeper relationship with the ones attending.”

Read more here.

Are you a Tester or a QA Engineer? – Gareth Waterhouse

“When I first started out in the Software QA world, my job title was a Test Analyst, which I disagreed with, we weren’t just testing software, in my eyes we were doing far more than that, and still are.I often hear people talk about software testing and QA in the same sentence as much the same thing. They are not the same thing!!”

Read more here.

Minimizing Unreproducible Bugs – Anthony Vallone

“Unreproducible bugs are the bane of my existence. Far too often, I find a bug, report it, and hear back that it’s not a bug because it can’t be reproduced. Of course, the bug is still there, waiting to prey on its next victim. These types of bugs can be very expensive due to increased investigation time and overall lifetime. They can also have a damaging effect on product perception when users reporting these bugs are effectively ignored. We should be doing more to prevent them. In this article, I’ll go over some obvious, and maybe not so obvious, development/testing guidelines that can reduce the likelihood of these bugs from occurring.”

Read more here.

Speaking To Management: Coverage Reporting – Anders Dinsen

Test coverage is important. In this post, I will reflect about communication issues with test coverage. The word coverage has a different meaning in testing than in daily language. In daily language, it’s referring to something that can be covered and hidden completely, and if you hide under a cover, it will usually mean that we can’t see you. If you put a cover on something, the cover will keep things out.

Read more here.

How to write good software – David R. MacIver

“I have a thesis on how to write good software that I would like to persuade you of. It’s not an easy process to follow – indeed, much to my shame, I have never successfully followed it, but I think that if more people tried to follow it it would gradually become easier to achieve, and at the end of it what we would have would be a much better software ecosystem.”

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.

30 Testing Interview Questions – Mark Crowther

“A good while ago I built out this list of questions to ask prospective candidates about their core testing knowledge. It was meant to respond in part to the influx of ISTQB holding candidates that had no real knowledge. There are three sections: Testing Concepts; Test Artefacts; Analysis.”

Read more here.

A Script Rises From The Reboot – Daniel A. Woodward

“I love to hack around at things. And while I’m not one to do too much hardware hacking, I will hack around a little bit of Ruby here and there.

I’ve been working from home for over a year now. It’s a great experience for me. I don’t mind being by myself during the day, and I have plenty of camaraderie with my coworkers through chat and online meetings. But working from home requires a stable Internet connection. Stable is key. Nothing is worse than having your Internet connection drop out just before you give your report in the virtual stand-up. My connection was dropping out regularly, and it was looking like it was going to be a big problem.”

Read more here.

Pandora’s Box Testing and Requirements – Pete Walen

“Right. Hands up – Everyone who has been told “Testing for this project is to only verify the requirements.” This is fine as far as it goes. Where we get into trouble is what counts as a “requirement.” Most often we are told this means the documented requirements have been analyzed and considered by experts and they are firmly set and we can work from them. Doing so is a classic example of Pandora’s Box Testing.”

Read more here.

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