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August 2018

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A Day in the Life of an Agile Tester

blog.gurock.com – An agile tester’s work life is intriguing, busy and challenging. A typical day is filled with varied activities like design discussions, test planning, strategizing for upcoming sprints, collaborating with developers on current user stories, peer reviews for teammates, test execution, working ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-08-09 23:00
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Defining Test Strategy Webinar

blog.gurock.com – Yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming Paul Gerrard to our series of illustrious webinar guests! If you didn’t manage to get along to the webinar, you can find the video below. Defining Test Strategy Amongst other things, during the webinar we talked about: What test strategy is, and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2018-08-03 11:00
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Tester’s Diary: A Crash Course in Security

blog.gurock.com – One of my goals for this year is to establish a curriculum to help my team learn more about security testing. We’re developing our first cloud-hosted solution, and there are many elements of browser-based security testing that we’ve never experienced, so I’ve been hunting for articles that are easy ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-08-03 11:00

July 2018

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7 Ways Testers Contribute to Quality

blog.gurock.com – Testing doesn’t make software better. I get a container with new software and deploy that to a test server several times every day. I take relevant context — the code changes we are making, what has been tested programmatically, what hasn’t been tested programmatically, feelings about ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-31 22:00
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How to Hire the Agile Team You Need

blog.gurock.com – You’re interested in hiring for an existing team that purports to be “agile,” whatever that means. Tell me, if you can: What’s core to the culture of that team — what do they hold near and dear about how they work? Which one technical element is a must-have — if there are any? If you can’t answer ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-26 23:00
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Test-Infected: Insights from the TDD Community

blog.gurock.com – Test-driven development is a funny thing. Many developers, particularly the more experienced ones, hate the idea of writing tests for every small bit of behavior they code. It’s hard enough to get these developers to even try TDD in the first place (“I’m doing just fine, thank you”), and a small ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-24 22:00
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Unit Testing, TDD, and BDD, Oh My. Your Guide to Different Unit Testing Techniques

blog.gurock.com – Have you ever wondered about the differences between unit testing and TDD? Or TDD and Test-First? Or even the relationship of all of this to the agile methodologies? Are these kinds of tests manual or automated? And, for goodness’ sake, what is it with all the “DD”-ending ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-20 00:00
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Beyond Functional Testing: 7 Other Types of Testing You Should Do

blog.gurock.com – When you first start working with software, the idea of testing it seems pretty straight-forward. You build something- let’s say a feature. You then stop, run your software and make sure the feature behaves the way that you want it to. For example, did the “alphabetize this list” ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-18 12:00
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A Definition of Done for Modern Development

blog.gurock.com – Most of the companies I have worked with have a “definition of done” to tell when they are ready to release. After all the feature work is done — or most of it, at least — we do some sort of regression testing. When the test team has finished their regression pass and reported all the bugs they ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-13 11:00
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Win Prizes – Fill out the Jira Testing Plugin Survey!

blog.gurock.com – In partnership with the wonderful folks at the Ministry of Testing, we bring you the Jira Testing Plugin survey! Go fill it out here and get entered into a prize draw for Ministry of Testing goodies: Survey If you love to learn about all things testing, you’ll love our first prize: A year ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2018-07-11 12:00
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The Challenge of Determining Acceptable Code Coverage

blog.gurock.com – It’s a fact of life in quality assurance circles: Any line of code that hasn’t been exercised in a test is a potential risk. Thus, test practitioners use a metric called the code coverage percentage to determine how much of the code that’s been written has actually been exercised in ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-11 11:00
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Reports Webinars Questions and Answers

blog.gurock.com – During the Winning at TestRail Reporting webinar, we promised to try and answer as many of your questions about reports as we could. Where possible, we did that during the webinar itself using the GoToWebinar console. But predictably, there were a great many that we just didn’t have time to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2018-07-08 15:00
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Tester’s Diary: Rethinking Test Reporting

blog.gurock.com – With the project I started last year finally behind me and my new project not yet ready, I was able to take some time last week to work on my annual goals. I hoped to start by meeting with the product manager of my next project to discuss the basics of test reporting: what information she needs, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-06 10:00
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Crafting User Stories That Agile Teams Will Love

blog.gurock.com – A popular term you will come across when working in agile is the “user story.” For the uninitiated, a user story is a technique of expressing software requirements in a specific format, usually: As a < role of user >, I want to < perform an action >, so that < goal of user > This ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-07-04 10:00

June 2018

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Lead Your Agile Culture Change

blog.gurock.com – Too often, managers think of testers as a necessary evil. That thinking might lead these managers to think of testing as a support function. Nothing could be further from the truth. Testing is an integral part of product development, where we have something valuable to release to customers. What ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2018-06-28 23:00
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