The last time I published a ‘what I read last week’ blog post was 3 weeks ago, for this I must apologise. During this time I attended the UKSTAR software testing conference and travelled to Colorado for work. I didn’t have as much free time as I thought I would get for reading and researching.

However, I have been slowly writing up summaries of the talks I attended at the UKSTAR conference, and working my way through the 30 days of testability challenge. I wasn’t expecting to complete the challenge in 30 days. My aim is to complete it by the end of April (60 days instead of 30).

Here is a small list of articles, blogs and podcast episodes that I read or listened to this week recently.


Test Talks Podcast – Episode 244 – Fast Forward Your Entire Development Cycle with Israel Rogoza and Avishai Moshka
This episode discusses the issues surrounding compromising. We are often required to deliver software applications fast or don’t have enough resources to deliver and test all that is required. Compromises often lead to less testing. Therefore, we need ways to fast forward and optimize the development cycle.

Test Talks Podcast – Episode 194 – The Reality of Testing in an Artificial World with Angie Jones
Angie Jones talks about why it is important to test machine learning applications. An older podcast episode which I decided to listen to after hearing Angie Jones speak at UKSTAR. It includes most of what was said in the conference talk, so if you didn’t get a chance to attend the conference you can still listen to most of the content here.

The Good, The Bad and the Buggy – Episode 19 – Lockdown
This episode looks at software applications and devices that are making their way into prisons. Alex and Bria discuss why it is important for inmates to have access to these applications, and some things that need to be considered while designing these applications.

The Good, The Bad and the Buggy – Episode 20 – March Madness
I’ve never heard of march madness before listening to this episode. This could be because it is something that hasn’t reached the UK, or because I don’t watch much basketball. However, this episode is still worth listening to. Alex and Bria discuss various bugs related to the March Madness sporting event, and the implications of these bugs when not found and fixed soon enough. Sports fans are incredibly passionate and vocal, and the smallest bug will usually find its way around twitter in seconds.


Standing Against #paytospeak
Lee Marshall, aka the Growing Tester, is one of the organisers for the #MidsTest meetup that takes place monthly in Birmingham, Solihull and Conventry. He is excellent at encouraging new speakers, like myself, by giving them the opportunity to speak at the test meetups. In this article he highlights the issue where some conferences only allow those with experience or those willing to pay to speak at conferences.

Michael Larson – various blog posts about 30 days of testability
As you know, I’ve been taking part in the 30 days of testing challenge. Travelling and other commitments have meant I’ve been unable to complete the challenge in time. Michael Larson is one of the better organised people who has not only completed the challenge in time but also managed to write a blog post for each activity. I’ve not read through all his posts yet, but it has been very encouraging to read someone else’s experiences of the challenge. I must congratulate Michael Larson for completing the task within the 30 days.

Tyranny of the backlog
Alan Kelly talks about common backlog issues that make it impossible to complete. We’ve all been there, bugs are found and added to the backlog (or abyss as I often refer to it as). A client asks for another ‘small’ feature, it gets added to the backlog. The backlog just grows and grows and never ends.

Creating a Bunch of Test Automation Scripts is a Waste of Money
What questions should we ask before starting test automation? It is important to ask the right questions so that the right tests are automated and there is a decent return of investment at the end. This is something I’ve also discussed in the past, particularly in the OnlineTestConf talk I gave in November last year.

These are my confessions … (as a huddler)
Chris Armstrong did a brilliant job as host of the huddle area. Here he talks about his own experiences managing huddle spaces at conferences. I’ve previously written 2 blog posts about some of the discussions that took place. There were also competitions (thanks for my UKSTAR water bottle), stickers to decorate our passes with, board games in case we just wanted a break, and an area to just sit down and chat. It was a nice addition to the event.

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