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April 2019

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Surviving as a Tester in DevOps

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Justin Rohrman. DevOps threatens to cut testers out of the development process in two key ways: making the development flow and feedback loop so fast that there is no place for them to join in, and making the consequences of failure so cheap that the service most testers ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Jackie King @ 2019-04-16 07:00
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Tester’s Diary: Working on Individual Performance as a Team

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Carol Brands. Like most employees in a corporate environment, each year I’m asked to identify some individual goals. At their best, our individual goals do two things: help the business unit meet its business needs, and help the individual increase their work skills. As ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-04-12 16:00
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Containers and Testing: Friends or Foes?

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Michael Solomon PhD CISSP PMP CISM Virtualized container use in software application development and deployment is increasing across nearly all industry verticals. Containers provide advantages of virtualization without draining computing resources. When used in the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-04-10 15:00
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Tester’s Diary: Training Up and Reinforcing Practices

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Carol Brands. Does adding a new team member speed things up or slow things down? I think most people recognize that it does both. Initially, it slows things down: The new team member needs to be trained, and that takes time away from the usual daily activities of whoever ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-04-05 01:00
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What Testers Should Be Automating

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Justin Rohrman. When the topic of test automation comes up in a conversation between testers, most of the time the answer — even before any context is given — is “Selenium.” Selenium is a fine tool, but it is good for a small number of tasks, and there are many comparable ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-04-02 23:00

March 2019

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Fix Bugs: Don’t File Bug Reports

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Jim Holmes Bug reports and the triage process are waste. In every sense, but especially the Lean sense. What’s more valuable to your users and customers? High-quality software being used in production, or a bug database that’s filled with hundreds or thousands ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-29 11:00
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Testing Is Not a Shared Service: How Testers Can Help Product Development

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Johanna Rothman. When managers believe testing is a service—or worse, a shared service—the product suffers. That’s because software development, especially agile software development, is about how the team learns as a team. Instead of thinking of testers as providing a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-26 22:00
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Using TestRail for Your Regression Testing

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Nishi Grover Garg. Agile teams constantly face an overload of regression testing. As sprints progress and new features get built into the software, agile testers are faced with the challenge of testing all these new features while ensuring nothing from the previous ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-22 01:00
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Does Secure Cryptocurrency Really Exist?

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Michael Solomon PhD CISSP PMP CISM Blockchain technology and cryptocurrency are often described as being secure at the core. But is this true? After seeing multiple security incidents with cryptocurrencies that resulted is large losses, is there really any such thing as a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-19 22:00
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Tester’s Diary: What Now, Test Team Lead?

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Carol Brands. This has been one of the hardest months I’ve ever had at this job. A team member left the team. We missed a deadline — by a lot. And there is still what feels like a mountain of work to do. Maybe it’s worth taking a look at how I got here, and how I hope to ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-14 19:00
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Kubernetes: Why It Matters for Performance Testing

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Bob Reselman Kubernetes is fast becoming the go-to open-source technology for container orchestration at the enterprise level. It not only allows IT departments to deploy containers at scale automatically, but also ensures that those containers will run reliably in a ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-12 23:00
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Tester’s Diary: Is This Introversion, or Fear of Change?

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Carol Brands. One of the goals we had for our test team this year was moving the entire team into the development team room. Our experience with sitting one tester with the development team was a success, and we wanted to build on that by bringing in the others. On the ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-07 23:00
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The Basics of Breaking into Performance Testing

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Justin Rohrman. Performance testing always felt foreign to me. My first exposure was in the early 2000s, through the tool JMeter. I recorded a few scripts, ran them a couple of times against some product builds, and quickly realized I didn’t know what I was doing. ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-05 23:00
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How a Tester Can Build a Professional Portfolio

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Justin Rohrman. Developers and designers usually have a personal portfolio they can reference when they want to hunt for a job. Developers have a GitHub repository, and designers will have a website and some design samples. Testing work, however, is usually invisible, and ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-03-01 13:00

February 2019

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Using Static Analysis Tools for Testing and Code Health

blog.gurock.com – This is a guest posting by Jim Holmes In an earlier article, we discussed five code metrics that can help you and your organization better test your software. This article focuses on static analysis tools themselves, and how to implement them in your environment. You’ll also see how such ...
Details Favorite? Off-Topic? Kathryn Nest @ 2019-02-26 22:00
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