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Software Testing, Mobile Testing and Agile Development by Daniel Knott

Printed Copy of Hands-On Mobile App Testing, I want to share some really great news with you. I think you all know, that I have written a book about mobile testing called “Hands-On Mobile App Testing” which is available since October 2014 on leanpub.
Since the book is available, I got really great feedback from people from around the world who were reading it. I never expected so many great feedback and responses. However, I also got lots of e-mails asking for a printed copy of my book. In the first place my idea was to publish the book via leanpub to have full control of the publishing process and the lightweight service they offer to distribute eBooks online. However, self publishing a printed copy of the book is not possible for me as a single person.

Therefore, I want to announce the printed copy of my book “Hands-On Mobile App Testing”. The famous book publisher Pearson formerly known as Addison Wesley will publish my book in a printed copy and eBook version.

This is a really great honor for me, because Pearson already published famous software testing books from software testing experts like:

Currently, I am reworking some chapters together with Pearson in my spare time to deliver the final manuscript in the next upcoming weeks. The final printed copy will then be available later this year in all known online and offline bookshops around the world.

Publishing the book with Pearson means that I will have to remove the leanpub version before the book will be available via Pearson. Don’t worry, this will take a couple of months and you can still buy it. If you like a printed copy of it, you have to wait some more months :).

I hope you like the update about my book and because of the great news, I will reduce the price of the book permanently to $9,99 ($ 11.89 including VAT).

If there are any new updates about this project, I will let you know!

Happy Testing!

Reading Recommendations # 10

Reading Recommendations Daniel KnottHere is the 10th episode of my reading recommendations. This issue contains 8 awesome posts from topics like hardware can be agile, how to use games to become a better software tester. There are 3 posts about mobile testing one from the Google Engineer Mona El Mahdy, one from Stephen Janaway and Dan Billing and Edgar L. Furthermore, there are posts about context-driven testing, one about great testing resources and the last one is presenting the top tweets from the TestBash 2015 conference in Brighton. If you were not able to attend the conference, you should try to go there next year. It was an awesome conference, check my short blog post about it here.

My recommendation this time is the post from Mona El Mahdy about Android UI Testing at Google.

Enjoy reading the posts.

  1. Yes, Hardware Can Be Agile!
    Author: Nancy Van Schooenderwoert
  2. Using Games to Make You a Better Tester
    Author: Erik Davis
  3. Android UI Automated Testing
    Author: Mona El Mahdy
  4. Testing in the Pub Episode 3 – Mobile Testing
    Authors: Stephen Janaway & Dan Billing
  5. Context-Driven-Testing
    Authors: James Bach, Brian Marick, Bret Pettichord and Cem Kaner
  6. Great Resources
    Author: Huib Schoots
  7. What App Testers Need To Know About iOS 8.2
    Author: Edgar L
  8. Top Tweets From TestBash 2015
    Author: Ryan Arsenault

If you have some interesting posts to share them here at the reading recommendations, don’t hesitate to contact me or to comment on this post.

Happy Testing!

TestBash 2015 and my Workshop about Mobile Testing

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Today, I am in Brighton to attend the TestBash 2015 conference as a speaker and attendee. However, this time I was not a normal speaker, no I was providing the conference with a 2h workshop about mobile Testing. The title of the workshop was “How to Break your App – Best practices in Mobile App Testing”.  My slides can be found via slideshare or in the embed version at the bottom of this post.

So far the conference is a blast. The first day this time is a workshop day, with a great line up of workshops. There were three tracks that covers great topics like

  • Mapping Exploratory Testing Tours & Personas – Karen Johnson
  • Games and Tools to Encourage Creative and Critical Thinking within Testing – John Stevenson
  • Exploratory Performance Testing with JMeter – Simon Knight
  • Supercharging your bug reports – Neil Studd

to just name some of them. The full workshop schedule can be found here.

Tomorrow there will be more TestBash action with lots of great talks from Michael Bolton, Stephen Janaway, Richard Bradshaw, Karen Johnson or Martin Hynie. Unfortunately, this years TestBash is sold out, however if you like to get some insights, check the twitter search for the hashtag #TestBash to get direct information from the audience.

Happy Testing!

Reading Recommendations # 9

Reading Recommendations Daniel KnottHere is the 9th episode of my reading recommendations. This issue contains 5 great posts from topics about how to customize Jenkins CI and a very nice visualization from Spotify. Furthermore, there is a post dealing with “What is Visual Validation Testing”, how to explore different capabilities and about exploratory testing 3.0 from James Bach and Michael Bolton.

I really like the visualization from Nhan Ngo, a QA engineer at Spotify. Furthermore, the post from James Bach and Michael Bolton is a must read for every tester.

Enjoy reading the posts.

  1. Lecture: Customizing Jenkins @ SiteSpect
    Author: T.J. Maher
    Author: James Aspinall
  3. Applitools – What is Visual Validation Testing
    Author: Joe Colantonio
  4. Explore capabilities, not features
    Author: Gojko Adzic
  5. Exploratory Testing 3.0
    Authors: James BachMichael Bolton

If you have some interesting posts to share them here at the reading recommendations, don’t hesitate to contact me or to comment on this post.

Happy Testing!

Software Testing Interview Questions

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In one of my last posts, I wrote about the question “How to Test a Spoon?” and why is this question related to software testers and interviewing them. Today I want to share a webpage with you that is collecting and sharing testing interview questions. The webpage is The author, Esteyaque Ahmed is collecting and sharing software testing interview questions from various topics like:

  • Manual Testing
  • Automated Testing
  • HP QuickTest Professional
  • Selenium and Selenium Code
  • Java
  • SQL
  • UNIX

Some of those sections also contain sub-sections with more possible questions to ask. During my last interview sessions I used some of those questions to ask the testing candidates. Based on the skill level of the candidate I am selecting questions that the candidate should easily answer and some questions that are really challenging to see how he or she is handling the situation. Furthermore, I like to use some quick testing tasks that can be performed either on a paper or whiteboard (or with the help of a spoon :) ).

If you are looking for specific software testing interview questions have a look at the page, it might be helpful for both sides.

Happy Testing!

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How to Test a Spoon?

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A couple of months ago I stumbled up on a blog post or tweet (Sorry, but I really can’t remember and find it again) about a very funny and interesting software testing interview question.
The question is:

How to Test a Spoon?

This question sounds strange in the first place, but if you think about it, it is a brilliant software testing question. But why?
The goal of this question is not to see the possible candidate to break the spoon, instead it is more about the reaction and the thinking process about this question.

I would love to get some questions back from the candidate to see how he or she will get more information out of this testing challenge.

Some brilliant answers would be:

  • What is the purpose of this spoon?
    • Will it be used as a normal spoon for soup or will it be used for example in a chemical environment for acid liquids?
  • What is the area of operation of this spoon?
    • Will it be used in a hot or cold environment?
  • What material is it made of?
    • Is it made of plastic, metal or wood?
  • What is the shape of the spoon?
    • Is the shape important for the use case of this spoon? Maybe it has a square, round or rectangle shape.
  • Who will use it? Children, adults or older people?
    • Are there sharp edges, are those edges intended to be sharp?

I will ask this question in one of my next software testing interviews, if you were lucky enough you have read this post before :).

But please just hand out a spoon no fork or knife, for your own safety :).

What do you think about this question? Will you use it in one of your upcoming interviews or do you have some similar questions?

Happy Testing!

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