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Blog Spy Vol 47: A Weekly Roundup From The Software Testing Blogosphere

  • 26/02/2014
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Welcome to the fifth 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:

Integrating SauceLabs reports with MSTest and Jenkins – Victor Pascual

“Lately I’ve been building a C# Selenium framework, it’s my first time doing such a thing, so I’ve learnt (I’m learning actually) lots of new things: Selenium, PageObjects, MSTest, Jenkins,SauceLabs, XSL Transformation… One of the most challenging parts has been to produce a maintainable and extensible Test Suite that can run against different browsers with minimum effort for the end user (Dev team in this case).”

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Most software developers are not architects – Simon Brown

“I still struggle to believe that, even in 2014, the role of software architects remains hugely misunderstood by many people in our industry. We generally understand the role of software developers, business analysts, project managers, ScrumMasters, testers, etc but a common definition of the software architecture role still seems to elude us. There’s nothing new here, I’ve spoken and written about this before, as have many others. The thing that irritates me the most is the common knee-jerk reaction along the lines of…”

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Very Short Blog Posts: Scripted Testing Depends on Exploratory Testing – Michael Bolton

“People commonly say that exploratory testing “is a luxury” that “we do after we’ve finished our scripted testing”. Yet there is no scripted procedure for developing a script well.”

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Introducing Virtualbox Turnkey Virtual Machines for Web Testing – Alan Richardson

Alan has created a video showing the basic install process for VirtualBox. A free Virtualisation platform from Oracle which runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Budget instead of estimating – Gojko Adzic

“Detailed estimation works against the whole idea of flexible scope, but many companies I worked with fall into a common trap when they insist on work duration estimates.”

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Facilitation : Dealing with the Yellow cards – Simon ‘Peter’ Schrijver

This blogpost is one I wanted to write for a long time. As a facilitator of LAWST style conferences your main task is to keep the presentation of the speaker and the open season questions in good order. We use K-cards for this.. The Green, Red, and Blue cards are easy to deal with, but dealing with the Yellow cards is a different story.

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Some Principles – Alan Page

“I’ve been thinking a lot less about testing activities lately, and much, much more on how we to make higher quality software in general. The theme is evident from my last several blog posts, but I’m still figuring out exactly what that means for me. What it boils down to, is a few principles that reflect how I approach making great software.”

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Dissecting The Testing Quadrants – Duncan Nisbet

“I’m a fan of the (Agile) Testing Quadrants, first described by Brian Marick back in 2003 as a matrix & later popularised by Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory.

James Bach helped me to break down the quadrants in order to get a deeper understanding of what each quadrant meant. It was during this conversation I realised I had a very shallow understanding of the model & I was effectively diluting (& even twisting?!) the message the quadrants were trying to get across.”

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Is Software Testing for Losers? – James D. McCaffrey

“Are software testers the losers of the software world? Well, in my opinion, yes and no. Let me explain. Very early in my career I was strictly a software developer, coding mostly using the C language. Then I started working at Microsoft in the 1990s doing software testing work.”

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The No-Fake-Tester Rule – Markus Gärtner

“Have you every worked with a fake tester? How would you notice? How would you notice how much they are faking? Triggered by a discussion back at DEWT 4, I had an insight triggered by a book that I read earlier in my life: The No-Asshole Rule from Bob Sutton. Let’s see how fake testers and the no asshole rule connect in our workplaces.”

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Using Quality Characteristics – Rikard Edgren

“More than 3 years have passed since we published the first version of our Software Quality Characteristics. It is quite popular, and it is now translated to 8 languages by testing enthusiasts. But it’s about time to talk a bit more about how to use the list, where there are at least three typical scenarios.”

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