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October 2017

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What to do When Testing gets Boring

blog.gurock.com – I have heard more than one person say that if testing isn’t interesting and fun, then you aren’t doing it right. Those people probably haven’t spent time working on a sprint cycle, taking new features and delivering new software every week or two. Testing is a wonderful and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-10-18 08:00
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Testers Diary – Changing Locations and Strategies

blog.gurock.com – A while back, I talked about how testing looked before I moved out of the test team room and new ways I am able to participate in the development process from the development team room. I want to talk a little more about how my approach to testing has changed since moving into the team room to work ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-10-14 01:00
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The 5 Competencies of a Mobile Testing Specialist

blog.gurock.com – I went to a peer workshop last fall, and one of the topics that came up was testing as a specialty. If you aren’t familiar with the peer workshop format, usually a person will quickly present a topic. This part might last 30 minutes at most. After this, there is a facilitated question and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-10-11 17:00
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Winning at Strategic Automation with the CRAWL Mnemonic

blog.gurock.com – One of the biggest challenges facing any organization is the balancing act between short and long-term goals. Every facet of our lives tends to be a juggling act between these two competing forces. Whether in QA, or just business in general, as humans, we all want things right-now and struggle to ...
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September 2017

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You’ve Got To See This

blog.gurock.com – Edward Tufte is an evangelist for the context-driven analysis and presentation of data. He self-published his first book on the topic, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, in 1983 and followed it over the next 20 years or so by Envisioning Information, Visual Explanations, and Beautiful ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-29 17:00
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Survive and Thrive as a Lone Tester

blog.gurock.com – Many testers work as the only tester in their company. Lone testers have a lot of control over their jobs and daily activities, a freedom that is quite attractive. Yet, they need to establish boundaries with coworkers, routines within their own workflow, and methods so they can accomplish the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-29 10:00
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Changing Times: An Interview with Rich Rogers

blog.gurock.com – Congratulations on the publication of your new book: Changing Times. It’s not what I’d describe as your run-of-the-mill testing book. By which I mean, it doesn’t seem like it’s really targeted at testers exactly… Was this a conscious decision on your part? Why, and if ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-26 23:00
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How Much UI Automation Do You Need?

blog.gurock.com – When I first started working in test automation, I asked for help. It was ten years ago; the developers I worked with sent me references and links to articles. The articles were on programming, information about how browsers work, details on javascript, links to an overwhelming list of libraries ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-26 23:00
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5 Ways to Break Through Tester’s Block

blog.gurock.com – Testers working on the same product or project for weeks or even months at a time might experience “tester’s block”. Tester’s block, similar to writer’s block, can leave testers in a rut, repeating the same tests over and over, without finding any new information. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-26 23:00
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How to Get Into Software Testing

blog.gurock.com – Testing is one of the few places in technology where people can come into the field without a college degree. Yet the door to get in is unclear. There is no direct path into becoming a software tester; no undergraduate degree, and no vocational school. When most people talk about their beginnings ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-26 23:00
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Testers Diary – Finding Answers in Your Own Backyard

blog.gurock.com – I’d been testing at my current company for over 5 years before I met a tester from another team. When I started at the company I now work for, I had no idea there were other software teams as part of our business. I only knew about my team, and how we made our products. After about 2 years, the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-08 11:00
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Why is Testing Expensive?

blog.gurock.com – Testers don’t just test software. They perform many other activities aside from testing that, while equally important, tend to be forgotten about by managers and leaders. So, let’s break it down. When testers aren’t testing, what are they doing, and why is it so expensive? How can we reduce some of ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-06 15:00
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30 Days of Agile Testing

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Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-06 15:00
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TestRail is at the Atlassian Summit 12-14th September!

blog.gurock.com – In case you weren’t already aware, everyone who’s anyone uses JIRA to manage their software development processes. Sure, if you take a walk around the shop floor of your engineering department, you’ll no-doubt see the odd Kanban board with some Post-It’s hanging on a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-01 16:00
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Testing in DevOps

blog.gurock.com – When I look up the definition of DevOps on Google, I see references to collaboration. Developers, product people, and operations all working together to make the best software they can. That sounds a lot like every other “modern development method”. When I dig deeper and look at the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-09-01 15:00
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