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April 2018

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Tester’s Diary – Testing Defects with Developers

blog.gurock.com – On my latest project, I’ve been working with our developers to test defect fixes as we prepare for our initial release. Normally, I’m the only one on the team who tests defect fixes, but as the result of a recent push, our developers are actively working with me on testing. Testing with our ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-04-19 23:00
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5 Test Tools I Use Every Day

blog.gurock.com – I go to a test Meetup every few months. Usually we start by talking about hard testing topics. Either someone in the group has an actual testing problem and wants to hear other people’s opinions on how they would approach it, or we talk about skill development. Toward the end of the evening, energy ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-04-18 00:00
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BDD Testing Skills Webinar Part Two

blog.gurock.com – During our BDD Testing Skills webinar last week, a number of questions were asked. Kudos to Jeff for taking time out to answer as many of them as he could, below: We release product versions via a waterfall-ish 3 month full dev/test cycle for new versions. Can BDD be applied in this eco-system / ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2018-04-15 16:00
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The Value of Risk-Based Testing From an Agile Viewpoint

blog.gurock.com – When I first heard about risk-based testing, I interpreted it as an approach that could help devise a targeted test strategy. Back then I was working with a product-based research and development team. We were following Scrum and were perpetually working with tight deadlines. These short sprints ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-04-13 00:00
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A Simplified Agile Test Strategy for Cross-Environment Testing

blog.gurock.com – Cross-environment testing is viewed as a tedious and repetitive task, and it is generally a challenge to accommodate within the fast iterations of an agile life-cycle. I have worked as a tester on various agile teams and mostly in product-based companies, and I have seen first-hand the problems of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-04-10 22:00
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Shifting Left: Performance Testing at the Unit Testing Level

blog.gurock.com – Unit testing is important. Performance testing is important. You’ll get little argument from the people with boots on the ground, actually doing software development, that these tests matter a lot. Unit testing is widely practiced in development circles, particularly by programmers who have ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-04-05 23:00
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Penetration Testing: Why Kali Is a Great First Toolset

blog.gurock.com – You don’t have to visit many “how-to” resources on penetration testing before you read something about Kali Linux, often just called Kali. It is one of the most common and accessible suites of pen testing tools available today. In fact, Kali has pretty much become synonymous with ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-04-04 00:00

March 2018

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Testers Diary – Reprioritizing Testing, Part 2

blog.gurock.com – Last year, I spent a lot of time working on projects that expanded my skills outside of testing. This year, I’m hoping to focus my time on developing testing skills. I came to this decision after reflecting on some problems that I ran into during my annual review. I described the first annual goal ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-03-30 11:00
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3 Tips to Become a Technical Tester

blog.gurock.com – There seems to be demand for technical skill everywhere I go. Conferences that used to draw talks on how testing is influenced by the social sciences and philosophy are slowly getting stacked with talks on how to work as part of a developer pair. Companies that used to have test specialists to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-03-28 12:00
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Using the Best of Agile and Lean for Your Project

blog.gurock.com – Cindy, a Scrum Master, strode into her manager’s office. She said, “Got a sec, boss?” Andy, turned around and said, “Sure. What’s up?” “I quit,” she said. She turned around and started to walk out the door. “Hey, wait a sec,” he said. “You can’t drop a bomb like that on me and then leave. What’s ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-03-16 11:00
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Can You Unit Test Your Database? You Bet

blog.gurock.com – Historically, if you asked what unit testing was, you’d probably get a curious mix of definitions. Personally, I’ve seen them run the gamut. This has included everything from very specific definitions of automated testing to the extremely vague: “it’s when you test the stuff ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-03-13 23:00
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Testing All 5 Aspects of a System’s Performance

blog.gurock.com – Good performance is a must for any application, whether it’s in your cell phone, in a desktop computer or out on the cloud. Thus, before any application can make its way into production, it must be tested to make sure that that it meets—or, hopefully, exceeds—the required performance standards. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-03-09 11:00
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Testing Without a User Interface

blog.gurock.com – Most agile projects I have worked on go something like this: Developers work on new code changes for two-thirds of a sprint. Halfway through the second week, they give the test team a new build to work with. The testers work hard and discover some important bugs, but eventually they run out of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-03-02 12:00

February 2018

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Continual Planning: The Driver of Continuous Testing, Integration and Delivery

blog.gurock.com – Brad, a program manager, felt torn. His management wanted the entire program to plan once a quarter and commit to the plans. The teams, including the product owners, wanted to commit to much less and be able to replan. Brad wanted the benefits of the program’s agile approaches, being able to replan ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-02-28 12:00
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Can You Have Too Many Tests?

blog.gurock.com – The automated tests created as part of the behavior-driven development (BDD) process provide us with numerous benefits: They provide a test suite that lets us know if we have any regressions. They give us time to do needed exploratory testing. They document the capabilities of the system—if the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-02-23 11:00
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