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December 2017

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Skills for Agile Testers Webinar

blog.gurock.com – The TestRail team was proud to go live with our first webinar yesterday – “Skills for Agile Testers in a Modern Software Engineering Team.”, with special guest Jess Ingrassellino. Jess has been a long time contributor to the TestRail blog so we were both super proud AND thrilled ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-12-13 11:00
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3 Test Design Techniques and When to Use Them

blog.gurock.com – I occasionally get stuck on one test technique and forget about everything else. I get a new change and immediately see a series of fields and buttons. My mind leaps, almost automatically, to the technique we use to analyze variables and stays there. I start performing some tests on a field — ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-12-08 11:00
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The Accidental Expert

blog.gurock.com – I had been working on a project for a few months, and it was still in the early stages. Installation was more difficult than it should have been. I had to download a zip package, unzip it, run a batch file, then stop services, edit a configuration file, copy a few other customized files into place, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-12-06 11:00
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The Palindrome Software Testing Challenge

blog.gurock.com – The Workshop on Teaching Test Design was held in Columbus, Ohio in February of 2015. The goal of the workshop was to come up with a set of exercises that can be freely distributed to help people teach test design. I grouped up with one other person, Paul Harju, and wrote a small web page in ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-12-01 11:00

November 2017

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I Taught Myself to Code and You Can Too!

blog.gurock.com – Many people want to teach themselves to code. The problem is that there are hundreds of resources, and it’s difficult to evaluate what works, and what you need. As a teacher by training, I know how to break a complicated subject down into smaller pieces, and how to connect abstract concepts ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-29 11:00
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The Quality Mountain

blog.gurock.com – Every product team knows that it can be an uphill struggle to scale their product to where it needs to be, and that hiring a dedicated tester may not be top priority in the early days of a business. The information you get from good testing should be though – because a poor quality product ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-24 10:00
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Less Checking – More QA!

blog.gurock.com – Julia Atlygina and developer Alexander Ivkin came by our TestRail stand at the Atlasssian Conference. Imagine our surprise when we learned they had created a mobile application that enables users to view, execute and get reports on their tests from a linked TestRail instance!  As you’ll know ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-22 11:00
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Testing Tools in Python

blog.gurock.com – Python offers several robust testing libraries, from unit testing and mocking for integration tests to security, load, and UI testing. We have reviewed several libraries and have chosen to share these for their ease of implementation, ease of use, and community contribution/active maintenance over ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-17 10:00
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How I Learned to Build a Test Suite

blog.gurock.com – I learned to build a UI automation suite through a lot of trial and error. This article would be the guide of how to teach yourself to design a suite from the ground up: resources for learning specific skills, reasons for selecting languages (Python or Ruby are lightweight choices and easier to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-15 16:00
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Is Your Testing Arresting?

blog.gurock.com – Was the testing you did today beautiful? You know, that testing where you copy-pasted Lorem Ipsum into every text box in your application in turn over three long hours? Hmm. But have you ever seen any beautiful testing? I mean, can testing even be beautiful? Tim Riley and Adam Goucher reckon so ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-14 20:00
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Two ways to Provide a Better Testing Service

blog.gurock.com – I read a question on one of the software testing subreddits a few weeks ago. The company this person worked for had a process where developers were responsible for writing very detailed test procedures, along with annotated screenshots. Those procedures, and all of the supplemental screenshots and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-14 20:00
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Testers Diary – There are Bugs in this Testing Strategy

blog.gurock.com – In my last blog post Changing Locations and Changing Strategies, I talked about how moving into the development team room caused me to change my testing strategy. This article will reveal how I learned the hard way that changing strategies isn’t enough. You need to be able to adjust your behavior ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-06 17:00
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Is Test Automation for Regression Purposes Worth It?

blog.gurock.com – One of the major advantages for automation that is often touted is that you can use it to perform regression testing. After having implemented, or attempted to implement, an automation strategy for multiple employers, I have learned the hard way that not everything makes sense to automate, ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-06 17:00
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3 Ways to Plan Testing

blog.gurock.com – Test planning is an important skill for testers who wish to communicate the purpose and value of their testing in meaningful ways. When choosing a test planning strategy, it is important to consider the strengths that a strategy offers before implementation. Risk, Session, and Heuristic Based ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-11-06 17:00

October 2017

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Manual Testing and Automation: Better Together

blog.gurock.com – Many testers treat manual and automated testing like they are oil and water – they don’t mix. However, in practice, I have noticed that many successful long-term projects use a mixture of exploratory testing and automation to provide the best possible coverage for any scenario. For ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Simon Knight @ 2017-10-25 17:00
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