How To get Started in Software Testing

How To Get Started In Software Testing – Part I by Tim Ebie

Jobs in technology and software are becoming more and more in demand. With the advent of cloud computing, mobile applications, IoT (Internet of Things), and newer technologies that spring up frequently, the demand for qualified and skilled technologists is quickly surpassing the supply of individuals that can fill those roles.

A recent CNN interview with Andela Co-Founder Jeremy Johnson revealed that 4 out of 5 software development jobs go unfilled in the US and “… 1.8 million open IT jobs in the US alone.” As technology and software advances, so also the need to test and verify the correctness of these systems will be necessary before passing them on to the end users. This is where software testing and software quality assurance comes in.

Looking to pursue a career in software testing is a great decision that can yield great dividends in years to come. Forbes released an article rating software quality assurance as the happiest job in America.  In part I of this series, I’ll give you five things to consider as you look to get started in this field of software testing to ensure you enjoy a rewarding and lasting career. Read more

Reading Recommendations

Reading Recommendations # 84

Long time no read. Well, I spent the last 3 weeks being on vacation from my day to day job and from the Internet itself. I wasn’t completely offline, but I reduced my time on twitter and other social networks and it was a great time reflecting my work and spending 100% of my time with my wife and son. I can highly recommend you to do the same. I already plan a longer absence around August and September this year 🙂 But let’s get back to the reading recommendations. The 84 issue of my reading recommendations contains 7 very interesting blog posts form the last weeks which I really enjoyed reading after my vacation. The topics are “Manipulating the test data”, “Pairing For Learning – Across the Team”, ” Test Coaching Competency Framework”, “Where do our flaky tests come from?”, “You Say Test I Say Check. On We Go.”, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and “Lessons learned in leading Testing CoP”.

Enjoy reading the posts and send me new ones that are worth reading and I will mention you and link to your social links or blog.

Manipulating the test data - Reading RecommendationsManipulating the test data – Mobile Automation Testing Once I started to work on a terrible project. Where all the possible mistakes were done. But I’m really thankful that it has happened, because now I know how the project shouldn’t look like. One of the learning that I took from this situation is that you should do the proper data management. The test…

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Mobile Testing Pain Points - Adventures in QA

What are your Mobile Testing Pain Points?

In this post I want to find out, what are your current mobile testing pain points? I created a very short survey with just 2 questions to gather some information from you. The goal of this short survey is to understand the current problems mobile testers have in their daily work-life. The outcome will help me to outline new blog posts that may help you in solving your problems.

Please feel free to share this survey on all known social media channels or with your colleagues.

Link to the survey

Once the survey is over, I will publish the results here and will outline upcoming blog posts.


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Reading Recommendations

Reading Recommendations # 83

This is the 83 issue of my reading recommendations contains 7 very interesting blog posts. This time with two blog posts from Katrina Clokie and Serghei Moret. “How a typo took down S3, the backbone of the internet”, “CI role in mobile automation”, “Test Leadership Breakfast”, “Android Espresso – 4 tools you should be using”, “Running parameterized jobs on Jenkins from PR on GitHub”, “So you created the best app ever?” and “How do you hire a junior tester?”.

Enjoy reading the posts and send me new ones that are worth reading and I will mention you and link to your social links or blog.

How a typo took down S3 - Reading RecommendationHow a typo took down S3, the backbone of the internet – The Verge

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Mobile Release Train

The Mobile Release Train

In one of my last blog posts, I wrote about the Mobile Bug Matrix and how to use it to identify bugs that are worth doing a hotfix. Today, I write about the mobile release train and how to use this approach to release apps to the different app stores.

The release train concept is nothing new and is part of the scaled agile framework. It describes how to deliver software in a specific way. The concept of the mobile release train can be used by small and/ or bigger distributed teams who work on one app, but in different teams. Usually smaller app developer teams/ companies release an app whenever there are enough bug fixes or new features that make sense for their users. However, apps that are developed across multiple teams need an aligned approach to plan releases in advance. If more than one team is developing features they may depend on each other and can’t release without the changes from other teams. In this case, it is not possible to just push the release button to upload an app, this approach will fail.

The Mobile Release Train

Let’s take a look at a mobile release train. In the following picture, you see a simple one. It has a defined development phase in most cases 2-4 weeks. On a defined day and time let’s say on a Monday at 3pm, there is a code freeze happening. Until this time, the teams have the time to review, test and merge the features to the master branch that should be part of the train. At 3pm someone will create a release branch from master branch, either manual or in an automated way. This release branch will get a final integration testing phase. In this phase, all team members should check that the new features are working as expected. If there is a problem on the release branch the bug will be fixed on the release branch and later merged back to the master branch.

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