This week I attended the Birmingham #MidsTest meetup, where I presented my talk “The Joy of Record and Playback in Test Automation” for the first time. I am due to give this same talk at TestBash Manchester and Test Con Europe, both in October this year.
I was great to be able to give this talk before these conferences. I can practice and read through each slide as much as possible, but it is nothing like presenting in front of actual people. I was able to highlight a few areas where things did and didn’t work. This allows me to make some improvements before I next give this talk.
I also gave another 99 second talks – I love these. This time I talked about the importance of communicating with developers to help with testing efforts. I’ll write this up into a blog post at some point next week.
Personas – Power Hour
Ministry of testing are hosting another power hour on The Club, this time about Personas. If you have any questions, post them by 7pm on 24th July (British Summer Time).
Social Media Discussions
Smoke Testing vs Sanity Testing
I was asked my opinion on a LinkedIn discussion which I was more than happy to share. It was regarding the use of smoke and sanity testing. Smoke testing is where we test the key features in an application, but only do basic checks. Sanity testing is where only a specific feature is tested, but we go a lot deeper into checking that the feature works exactly as expected. I prefer to do sanity testing when a change has been made to the application, and smoke testing every 2 – 4 weeks depending on how much the system has changed. What are your thoughts?
Thanks to Bharath Selvam for bringing this post to my attention.
Excuses, Blame and Fear
I started a discussion on The Club a couple of months ago on testing excuses and if they are evidence of testing incompetence, negative workplace culture, or something else. A few people have added some interesting responses to the discussion in the last week.
Difference Between Static and Dynamic Testing?
Never be afraid to ask a question. The Club is a great place to ask for help and clarify someone you fully know or understand. Here, someone asks a question of the different between static and dynamic testing. Do you know?
Testability – Power Hour
This event took place the week before last, and had some interesting responses. Testability is a subject that has really interested me in the last few months. Questions I posts included one on testability for manual and automated testing, what we should ask for when asking for improvements on Testability, and what to do when something cannot be controlled or observed via the UI.
Articles and Blog posts
Maybe You Don’t Need a Date Picker – Adrian Roselli
Picking a date can be a complex and tedious process, especially on smaller mobile devices. Surely having to scroll through seemingly endless lists isn’t the best way?
Two Rules That Make You Look Smart When You Ask Questions – Dan Rockwell – Leadership Freak
There is no such thing as a stupid question, but there is such a thing as asking a question in a stupid way.
What to say in a standup – One Man – The life of one man
What is a standup and what do we need to say? Who needs to attend?
Other blogs that share lists of test related articles
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