What I read last week (28th April 2019)

It has been another exciting week. I am pleased to announce I will be giving a talk at SwanseaCon later this year on Monday 9th September. My talk will be on test automation and how to gain the most value for it. This increases the number of talks that I will be giving this year to 2 – the second talk being Test Bash Manchester. For someone who is still very new to speaking at conferences, this feels so overwhelming. I hope I do a good job giving these talks.

This week, on the ministry of testing club forum, there will be a power hour event taking place. Abby Bangser will be answering as many questions as possible on:

  • Enabling DevOps delivery
  • Testing on cloud infra team
  • Starting with Observability

I’ve already submitted a couple of questions. If anyone else has any questions they’d like to ask, they should be submitted here.

Social Media Discussions

LinkedIn post – Does Test Automation find bugs?
A post I shared on LinkedIn about if its possible for test automation to find bugs. I argue that a failed test doesn’t actually find the bug and it takes additional exploratory testing to find the exact details. However, test automation does alert the tester to the area of the software that may not be working as required. It yielded some interesting discussions. Feel free to add your own thoughts.

Podcasts

Test Talks Podcast – Next Generation Agile Automation with Guljeet Nagpaul
In this episode, Guljeet Nagpaul talks about how the development of test automation frameworks, the benefits, the challenges and how it will continue to develop.

Test Talks Podcast – Pushing Security Testing Left, Like a Boss with Tanya Janca
Tanya Janca talks about what security is and why it is importnat. Security Testing is taking care of and protecting people, and it is important to ensure that there are policies in place to protect them. It is also important that these people are not put into a position where they may have to break these policies.

Articles

Riskstorming Experience Report: A Language Shift by Isle of Testing
This article discusses the benefits of risk-storming and how it changes the questions that we ask during testing and when we ask them. There are questions that are normally asked post production when a bug is found. Instead, this question is asked before release. There is a link to another article that explains how to run risk-storming sessions.

Kill Your Darlings – Why Deleting Tests Raises Software Quality by WildTests
Stu at WildTests discusses the limits of testing – we cannot test everything. It is important to prioritize and reduce the tests we need to run to allow the application to be delivered sooner. Priorities can be determined by getting closer to support and development. Customer support can help us understand customer pains better. Development can teach us about the changes that have been made so we understand where the risks are.

Why Your Test Automation Is Ignored – 5 Steps to Stand Out by Bas Dijkstra, Test Beacon
In this article, Bas Dijkstra talks about the phases of test automation that often lead to failure. He then presents 5 ways to improve test automation and better demonstrate the values and benefits.

My Automation’s Not Finding Bugs, But That’s OK by Paul Grizzaffi, Responsible Automation
Paul Grizzaffi was kind enough to share this blog post from last year in response to my linkedin post about how test automation rarely finds bugs. Grizzaffi states that even if an automated test doesn’t find any bugs, it does not mean it is valueless. It can still enable rapid release of the product.

3 Qualities You Must Have in Order to Become a Strong Software Tester by Raj Subramanian, Testim
Unlike similar posts I’ve seen where qualities tend to be focused on skills, this list looks at qualities required for personal development. The qualities listed are communication, motivation and education. These qualities are required for a tester to develop new and existing skills, which in turn makes a better tester.

Observability vs Monitoring by Steve Waterworth, DZone
Monitoring and Observability by Cindy Sridharan
While trying to think of questions to ask for the Ministry of Testing Power Hour session (1st May on The Club) I did a little research in to Observability. One thing I found interesting was the distinction between observability and monitoring. Here are a couple of articles that discuss this.

Other blogs that share lists of test related articles

https://5blogs.wordpress.com/ (daily)
http://blog.testingcurator.com/ (weekly)
http://thatsabug.com/ (weekly)
https://weapontester.com/tea-time (weekly)
https://www.ministryoftesting.com/feeds/blogs

Testing Conferences
https://testingconferences.org/

The Club
https://club.ministryoftesting.com/
A forum for discussing, asking questions, answering questions, and requesting help. Run by the Ministry of Testing.

Feel free to recommend anything that you think is of interest.
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