In this post I want to inform you, that I am currently working on the 2nd edition of my book Hands-On Mobile App Testing. The mobile testing book will be available in some weeks on leanpub.com and maybe on other platforms. The book is on the market since 2014 and in some parts outdated. Especially the link sources are outdated or not available anymore. Also outdated is the test automation chapter, especially the testing tool section.
My plan is to revise the whole book from the first to the last page. Once revised, it will be a state of the art mobile testing book. That will help you to tackle all mobile testing challenges. If you would like to stay up to date with the book and to get informed when the book will be available, make sure to sign on the landing page here.
The content of the first edition can be checked here.
If you have a topic that should be covered in the 2nd edition let me know either on twitter @dnlkntt or via mail daniel [at] adventuresinqa [DOT] com.
Right at the beginning of 2022, I had the pleasure to interview Nicola Lindgren on my YouTube channel about her new book. The book is called Starting Your Software Testing Career. And finally, more than 4 months later I managed to read the book 🙈 🎉. I wanted to write this post much earlier, but life added some other tasks onto my shoulders 😃. But let’s get right into the book review.
Nicola wrote a wonderful book about software testing and what is important to know when you want to start a career as software tester. The book has 185 pages and is divided in 15 chapters. You can read the book in 2 ways. The first way is, from the first to the last page, which I recommend because Nicola added so many valuable insights about software testing, that even I found some new inspirations for my job in the testing industry. And the second way is to jump right into the chapter that is most interesting to you right now. I highly recommend to add some posts next to you, while you are reading to mark important points also for a later point in time.
Every chapter is well structured and is guiding you through the topic. Nicola is setting the stage for each topic and is providing very useful gems of information. Nicola is writing about the basics of software testing. How to gain skills and what is important to know to get the first job as software tester. She is also writing about the hiring process and what to expect.
I really enjoyed reading the chapters about mentoring and the things I wish I knew in my first year of testing. I found myself so many times in that chapter 😀. In later chapters of the book, Nicola is sharing knowledge about bug reports, test cases vs. exploratory testing and implicit requirements. She is also writing about test automation why is it important and when you should use it.
I don’t want to spoil too many things here in the post. No matter for how long you are working in the testing industry, I highly recommend you to read the book. If you have junior colleagues in your department, tell them to read the book. You will not regret it.
If you want to read the book, you can get it at leanpub. Some more information about Nicola, can be found on her blog: https://nicolalindgren.com/
And last but not least, if you want to hear from Nicola about her book, take a look at the interview below ⬇️
Leading a software testing team of individual people with different skills and mindsets is a challenging task. Modern leaders have to support, help, guide and coach the team members to grow their skill set to become a better tester. When I was working with my team mates in the past, it wasn’t always easy for me and for them to find the right topics to talk about that help the team member to grow. For some it was hard to identify their weak spots in the field of testing when working day in and day out in projects. And for some it was clear where they want to go to, but they were struggling with their daily tasks.
The Testing Wheel
The first time I got in touch with the so called wheel was, when I was reading the book STRONG Product People by Petra Wille. In the book Petra described the product management wheel (PM Wheel) and how it helped her to support product managers in getting better in various aspects of their role. I directly thought this is perfect for me and I need to adapt it for my testing teams and department. So I took some time and derived the testing wheel.
The testing wheel consists of eight categories:
- Understand the Project need
- Testing Essentials
- Test Automation
- Get it Done
- Listen & Learn
- Testing Team
- Personal Growth
Each category describes a field of interest or a field of potential growth. On a scale from 0 – 7 the team member as well as the team leader will rank (separately) the current skill set of the team member. At the end both results can be mapped in one diagram. The mapping highlights the different stand points of each category. In best case there are areas where the team leader and the team member are not on the same page, because this leads to great discussions about potential weak spots that can be improved, but more on that in my video.
The Testing Wheel YouTube Video
I really like the way the testing wheel triggers discussions and helps the team leader as well as the team member to get better in the different areas mentioned the wheel. The nice thing about the wheel is, that it is flexible in terms of number of areas and the categories. Depending on your team members or company the testing wheel can look different and can/ should be adapted.
I also recorded a video about the testing wheel, where I further explained the categories. So make sure to watch the video to get the full picture of the wheel. Also if you want to try out the wheel, here is a PDF with the description of the categories, as well as a template of the testing wheel for you to use.
I would love to get some feedback from you about the testing wheel in the video comments. Do you find it useful? Or do you see areas of improvements? In case you are using the wheel, let me know what you have changed.
Feel free to take a look at my YouTube channel and the content that I already created. Why I created the channel you can read here.
The IT world is an ever changing one. Over the last years we have seen many new technologies arising on the market to change our way we use technology. Just to name smartphone devices, such as mobile phones and tablets. Along side with new technologies and trends, software developers, product managers as well as software tester must adapt to new trends in technology. They must learn new skills, patterns and approaches in order to keep up with the changes.
In one of my lasted videos on my YouTube channel, I took some time to check the market for new as well as established technologies and how they impact the software testing industry in 2022.
5 Software Testing Trends
In the video I am sharing my view of the 5 software testing trends for 2022. I don’t want to spoil too much, but just naming 2 of them in this blog post. The first trend that I see for 2022 is Internet of Things (IoT). You may ask yourself why, since this is not a new technology. Well, IoT is still on the rise and companies still catching up with new technology and how to interact with them. The second trend I see is No-Code or Low-Code technologies. They will have in impact on the software development industry, since they are offering a new way of creating software.
But let’s see what 2022 will bring to all of us, and this is enough as a spoiler to my video 😃. If you have some minutes, take a look at the video and let me know in the comments of the video what you think about the mentioned trends.
And one more thing, it would be really cool if you can share the video in your networks and to subscribe to my channel 🙏🏻..
If you are interested in the reason, why I created the YouTube channel, read more about it here.
How to get into software testing? This is the question, that I talked about in my latest video, that I published on my YouTube channel. I talked about my personal way, how I got into software testing and what you can do if you want to become a software tester.
I am sharing useful hints, where you can start with software testing education. I share books, online courses and I am talking about the software testing community, which is awesome 😀. Furthermore, I am talking about the things you can do in order to get your first job as a software tester and about the things you should be careful with. Are you already curious? Then take a look at the video below, or watch it here.
If you want to support me, please subscribe to the channel to not miss any upcoming video. In the next days, there will be another special video around the same topic on my channel, just a little teaser for you 😉.
To give you more reasons to subscribe, here is more information about the upcoming videos that I already recorded and waiting to be published:
- If you need to be certified as software tester
- How to handle bugs
- What are great online testing courses and resources
- Why testing conferences are the best place to be
And there will be more.
Enjoy the latest video, if you want to read about the why I created this channel, make sure to read this post.