What I read last week (2nd June 2019)

Last weekend I arrived back in the UK after my trip to Colorado. Contrary to popular belief, travelling for work is exhausting. So many people seem to think I was there on holiday. This was the second trip I had to take this year (the first trip was back in March). I’m hoping this will be the last for some time.

Despite this, we did find time at the weekend to travel to Boulder – a wonderful town and highly recommended if anyone finds themselves in that part of the world. I took an ‘uber’ for the first time. The driver was the most outspoken person I’d ever met. He kept on complaining about Donald Trump, crazy gun owners and ‘stupid millennials’ (not even sure how some of the topics came up in conversation). I was careful not to reveal my identity as a millennial. Definitely made the journey entertaining.

I’ve didn’t do much reading while on my travels, but I did find time to publish a couple of blog posts:

I also took the time to complete TestProject’s test automation challenge – we were encouraged to use TestProject to create and combine a basic API and UI test. With very little experience in API testing, it was an interesting challenge to take part in. I wrote another blog post describing my experiences in completing the challenge.

Podcasts

Test Talks podcast – The life of a solo automation engineer with Chris Kenst
A very interesting interview with Chris Kenst who talks about his experiences working for startups where he is usually the sole tester. This made me think of my own experiences as a solo tester. I don’t work for a startup, or even what would be considered a ‘small company’. We hire multiple testers but there tends to be only 1 tester per project so I am usually the only tester working on a project. He also mentioned a website he runs with lists of testing conferences. This will be a really useful resource when applying to speak at conferences.

Test Talks podcast – Making load testing with real browsers a reality with Tim Koopmans
An interview with Tim Koopomans who explains what perfomance testing is and how to do performance testing at the browser level as well as protocol layer. He introduces several tools for performance testing, and how to use them.

Articles and Blog Posts

The positive outcomes of negative testing by Kristin Jackvony, TestProject
The importance of negative testing and not just following the happy path. Negative testing can help reveal security flaws and errors that are not handled correctly. It reminded me a little of mutation testing, although they aren’t necessarily the same thing.

Is your testing visible? by Jackie King, gurock
Testers risk blending into the background. It can get to the point where no one knows who you are and what you do. Jackie King provides details of alternative approaches to scrum stand ups, demonstrating test coverage and collaborating with other team members so that you, as a tester, becomes visible.

Write better bug titles by Alexey Sotskov, medium
Bugs must be fast and easy to find. Alexey Sotskov suggests that the best way to achieve this is to write good bug titles. The titles are the first thing you see, and therefore the best way to make the bug easy to find.

Social Media Discussions

Ministry of Testing Power Hour – Test Cases and Scenarios
On 29th May, Gaspar Nagy took the time to answer as many questions as possible on test cases and scenarios. I submitted 3 questions in total, all of which had excellent answers.

Are long commutes to work worth it?
Kate Pexton had some controversial views about spending a large amount of time commuting to work. What are you thoughts on this?

Steven Watson’s series on preparing to speak at conferences

As you know, I am due to speak at 3 conferences this Autumn. I’ve really jumped into the deep end here as I’ve never spoken at a conference before (unless you count meetups and the OnlineTestConf).

Steven Watson is currently publishing a series of blog posts on conference speaking which are very useful. Here are the 2 he’s published so far:

I plan to write a few blog posts on my experiences over the summer, but these will be from a beginners point of view. Steve Watson is providing some excellent advice which will be useful while I prepare to give my talks over the next few months.

For fun…

I’d heard of the burger menu, but didn’t realize other menu design variations had their own food themes names:

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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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