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My Journey from Testing to Product Management

Last week, I attended the virtual conTEST conference in New York. At the conference I gave my talk about my journey from software testing to product management. You can find the slides here.

Some weeks ago, I was interviewed on the same topic on our corporate product medium blog. In the interview I am talking about my career change from a lead test engineer to a senior product manager.
Read the complete interview here.

Smartwatch App Testing - Adventures in QA

Smartwatch App Testing Ideas

In the previous posts you have read and hopefully learned something new about Tizen OS, watch OSPebble OS, Android Wear and what is important to know when start testing on one (or more) of those mobile platforms. Smartwatches may not be on everyone’s wrists yet, but that time can change very quickly in the next upcoming months and you must be prepared for the new way of interacting with your apps and devices. As you have seen in this series, smartwatches offer a complete new set of interactions, features and challenges for mobile testers and developers. The guys from gizmag did a great job in comparing the different smartwatch platforms from a software and hardware point of view and is a nice summary to the watches I used for this series.

However, the last post in the series is about smartwatch app testing ideas. Before I go into the smartwatch app testing ideas I want to briefly remind you about the 4 key areas of smartwatch app testing.

4 Key Areas of Smartwatch App Testing

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Reading Recommendations - Adventures in QA

Reading Recommendations # 45

The 45th edition of the reading recommendations contains 6 blog posts with different topics and one podcast. This edition contains an interesting series on buying your next testing devices. The series was published on uTest by Patryk Raba. Furthermore, this edition contains the following topics: “Testing Challenge Project Balto”, “Talking about Testing”, “Why testers are not taken seriously” and “An approach to refactoring test automation”. The podcast is from the testing podcast “Testing in the Pub” and has the topic “Leaving Testing”.

I highly recommend to listen to the podcast, there are some very interesting insights in it.

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.

Reading Recommendations Daniel KnottBuying your next testing device

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Mobile Testing Cheat Sheet

This is the first post in 2016 related to mobile testing and I think that new and interesting mobile testing challenges will come up this year for all of us. We all know that mobile apps are becoming more and more important for nearly every section of our lives and that the mobile market is still on the rise. More and more apps for smartphones, tablets and smartwatches are coming to the market to solve any kind of problem for the mobile user.
However, many mobile apps are still not well developed and tested and sometimes it is very hard to remember all those important areas during our testing activities. In order to change that, I created a mobile testing cheat sheet which you can use to print out and to stick it to your office walls to not forget important areas while developing and testing your mobile app. Maybe the mobile testing cheat sheet will help you and your colleagues in the daily app development business.
The mobile testing cheat sheet contains various areas that are really important in order to submit a high quality app to your customers.

Mobile Testing Cheat Sheet

The mind map contains 32 sections that you and your team should consider while the development and testing phase. There are areas such as: Read more

93 Most Popular Software Testing Blogs In 2015

93 Most Popular Software Testing Blogs In 2015 - Adventures in QASince 2014 TestBuffet is creating a list of the most popular software testing blogs from the last year. TestBuffet defines itself like this:

“Our goal is to bring structure in this web of information. We gather software testing related blogs from around the world, assign them a category and rank those blogs by their popularity. This could be a good place for testers to start reading.”

And TestBuffet is a great place to find various software testings from around the world. In order to be considered in the ranking a blog has to meet specific entry criteria. The criteria are:

  • At least three blog posts between 1st of January to the next year January.
  • The blog is offering a feed and can be accessed without any errors.
  • The blog is about software testing.

Last year 114 blogs were ranked to be worth reading and my blog www.adventuresinqa.com was ranked on position 29, which was a huge success for me. For the best blogs in 2015, 353 software testing blogs participated in the ranking, but just 93 passed all the criteria and this list is now available here. Read more