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Reading Recommendations # 36

The 36th issue of the reading recommendation contains again 8 posts. There are topics about Women in Testing, Testing Skills, learning and what kind of skills helps you to built quality in. Furthermore, there is another episode from Stephen Janaway’s podcast series Testing in the Pub with the topic of security testing. There is another interesting post about the topic How I stopped hating QA. And Katrina Clokie provided yet another awesome testing pathway this time about security testing. And last but not least there is a topic about mobile testing.

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

Reading Recommendations Daniel KnottA Seasoned Tester’s Crystal Ball: Women (like me) in Testing

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Reading Recommendations - Adventures in QA

Reading Recommendations # 30

Time’s flying, this is already the 30th issue of my software testing reading recommendations. So far I recommended over 150 links to blog posts, podcasts or videos. I got lots of great feedback from my readers about this format on my blog. This issue contains again 7 very interesting posts about different topics. Lisa Crispins describes her learnings from the Agile 2015 conference. Neil Studd is writing about how to motivate testers. Furthermore there are posts about “Where do Testers go with Agile”, “Barcode detection in Play Services”, “Testing early vs. late”, “10 Ways to hire niche employees” and another post about “Automated tests do not improve your testing process”.

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

(Some of) what I learned at Agile 2015 – Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin

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Reading Recommendations # 24

Summer is coming, I hope you enjoyed the hot days in Europe as well. Maybe you find a nice shady place to read the 24th issue of my software testing reading recommendations. This issue contains 7 blog posts and one podcast. There are topics dealing with: “What skills should we learn & teach to build quality in” from Lisa Crispin. Why Managers need to communicate to effectively. There is a interesting post about the 8 myths and facts about Internet of Things (IoT).

Google announced the call for paper for the GTAC, which is an awesome mobile test automation conference. One post has the topic defining your role as a tester from Markus Gärtner. Another post is describing the four most powerful tools of a video game tester. Maaret Pyhäjärvi is writing about her experience with test automation and how she failed with the used approach. And the last entry in this episode is the latest version of Testing in the Pub by Stephen Janaway and Dan Billing with the topic WTF are NFRs.

Enjoy reading the posts.

What skills should we learn & teach to build quality in? – Agile Testing with Lisa Crispin

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Reading Recommendations # 15

The 15th issue of my software testing reading recommendations contains 7 blog posts. There are posts dealing with the topics responsive website testing, what time means to us, dark fears of a software tester, sketchnotes from the TestBash conference in Brighton. Furthermore, there are great posts about the topic “What do you think testers need to do to be taken seriously”, “Overcoming test automation challenges” and “Inattentional Blindness” which is my favorite for this issue.

Enjoy reading the posts.

TestSheepNZ: Developing an approach to responsive design website testing

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People in Testing Q&A with Lisa Crispin

Lisa Crispin - Adventures in QAToday, I want to start a new series on my blog. This series is called “People in Testing”. The goal of this series is to interview people who are working as a software tester or working with software testers to share their current challenges, ideas, test tools they are using and many more.
When I came up with the idea, I was always asking myself, what kind of testing challenges might have Lisa Crispin, Stephen Janaway or other software testers. While visiting conferences I was able to talk to many people from the software testing industry and I exchanged with them on current challenges and problems. The discussions and insights I had were very interesting and pushed me to introduce this new series. In the next upcoming weeks, there will be more interviews with software testers from around the world and from different kind of industries.

I hope you enjoy the first interview with Lisa Crispin one of the most influential agile testing expert and the co-author of the books Agile Testing and More Agile Testing.

Daniel: Lisa, what is currently your biggest challenge at work?

Lisa: There are so many! One huge source of frustration is another tester and I paired to automate some UI regression test scripts for our iOS app. It was hard but also fun and we got a good set of scripts. However, we have not been able to get them to run in our CI, and that needs to happen for them to have value. Some of the programmers have tried to help but no one has found the solution.

However I would say my biggest challenge overall is that our team does TDD well, and automates tests at all levels from unit up to UI, but does not use higher-level tests to guide development. Because of this, requirements often get missed. I haven’t been successful in getting the team to adopt practices that would help everyone get a shared understanding of the story or feature before they start coding. Read more