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Ministry Of Testing Support - Adventures in QA

Support Your Community

Today, I am writing to you – the software testing community – with a special request. I bet you all are affected by the current virus situation as well. If you are active participants at testing meetups and conferences, you might have seen tweets or emails like the following, in the last days.

Ministry of Testing Pro Membership

I am extremely sad for the whole Ministry of Testing family, that they had to cancel already 2 big events this year, TestBash Detroit and TestBash Brighton. If you have ever attended one of the Ministry of Testing events, you know how loving, caring and engaging those events are. In order to support the Ministry of Testing family, I hereby ask you to purchase a pro membership, to support them in what they are doing – creating a lovely and engaging software testing community.

The pro membership is only £249.99/year and is worth it. You get access to 17 expert online courses, 43 Dojo Masterclass recordings and to more than 450 TestBash conference talks. Especially in times where traveling is not allowed by companies, this is the best way to stay connected to the community and to learn more about software testing and other topics.

So I want you, to get to your people manager by today and ask him or her to get the pro membership from your training budget. Keep in mind, that the price for the pro membership is far less than attending ONE conference.

If you have questions around the pro membership, please let me know. I can tell you more about it!

Link to pro membership.

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post without getting paid by the Ministry of Testing. The Ministry of Testing family did also not ask me to write this blog post! I wrote this blog post on my own initiative to help and support everybody around the Ministry of Testing.

To all my readers, stay healthy!

#HappyTesting

TestProject Integration BrowserStack - Adventures in QA

How to Connect TestProject with BrowserStack

In my last TestProject blog post, I wrote about the integration of Sauce Labs cloud into the TestProject. Next to Sauce Labs, TestProject offers since release v0.60 also an integration to BrowserStack.

In this rather short article, I will explain what to do in order to connect your existing TestProject tests to BrowserStack.

Getting Started

In order to connect TestProject with BrowserStack, you need to have a BrowserStack account. This is a mandatory requirement before you continue reading with this article.

If you already have a BrowserStack account login to it and go to User Settings (1-2). On the Account page copy the user name (3) and the Access Key (4). You will need both to establish the connection. Read more

How to Connect TestProject with Sauce Labs - Adventures in QA

How to Connect TestProject with Sauce Labs

In several posts from last year, I wrote about the test automation platform TestProject (Post 1, Post 2 & Post 3) and how easy it is to set up a test automation project. However, in 2019 TestProject was missing the feature to connect to cloud hosting providers such as Sauce Labs or BrowserStack.

The good news is, this has changed. Since TestProject v0.60, you are able to connect your TestProject projects to an existing Sauce Labs or BrowserStack account to execute your test suites in parallel on different devices.

In this article, I will describe how you can connect TestProject with Sauce Labs. In an upcoming article, I will write about the integration to BrowserStack.

Getting Started

In order to connect TestProject with Sauce labs, you need to have a sauce labs account. This is a mandatory requirement before you continue reading with this article.

If you already have a Sauce Labs account login to it and go to User Settings (1-2). On the My Account page copy the user name (3) and the Access Key (4). You will need both to establish the connection. Read more

What I Learned From Running As A Product Manager - Adventures in QA

What I Learned From Running As A Product Manager

I am a runner for more than 15 years! I started running as part of weekly workouts on my soccer team. Back then I hated pure running. I had the feeling that it’s boring to just run around a track or the fields. But I stuck to it to some extent. However, my perspective on running changed completely 5 years ago. In this blog post, I want to write about what running taught me and what I can transfer to my professional career as a product manager.

A New Start

5 years ago I felt not fit, I did go regularly to the gym but I hate going to the gym and to do my workouts on some machines. I wanted to do sports outside, enjoy nature and the fresh air. Furthermore, I wanted to do a sport that I can perform everywhere with the least amount of equipment. So I thought why not give running another try, but this time with a higher focus. I went to a local running shop a bought some running shoes and started to run. I used my phone to track my activities, but I did not make any progress. I tried to run even more during the weeks, but then the first injuries came around the corner. I was disappointed, I thought maybe running is nothing for me and my body. But this time I said no, I will not give up. I read several books about running and running injuries and found out what my problem was.

I did just too much running for my fitness level. It sounds simple, but it was obvious to me. Instead of running 3-5 times per week between 5km and 10km I slowed down. I did only 2 runs per week but invested lots of time in stretching and core workouts to strengthen my muscles. Read more

Continuous Deployment in Mobile Development - Adventures in QA

Continuous Deployment in Mobile Development

Continuous deployment and continuous delivery became a natural process for web-based applications over the last years. Companies are now able to deploy product changes or bug fixes to the production system multiple times a day. With the help of web deployment tools and a solid deployment infrastructure setup, this task became much more reliable and easier. But how does it look for native mobile apps? Is it possible to release a new mobile app at any point in time while having the app store submission process in place for some app stores?
The answer is yes, and in this article, I will describe the possible options for native mobile apps.

Invest in Mobile Infrastructure

Continuous deployment and delivery don’t come free. Nor for web applications nor for native mobile apps. A company needs to invest time and money in its own mobile app infrastructure to be able to ship a new version of the native mobile app at any point in time. However, from the software and tooling perspective, a mobile app delivery infrastructure can be build up really easily. For example with the help of open-source software like Jenkins as continuous integration system and fastlane as build and signing software, the infrastructure setup can be lean, easy and powerful. Last but not least a company should set up a mobile app distribution channel e.g. with the help of software like Testflight, AppCenter or Firebase. Tools like that help to distribute the mobile app to test devices during the development and testing phase. Read more