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Why Does Software Quality (Still) Suck?

Software quality, for the most part, sucks. It still sucks, seventy-five years since the advent of the programmable computer. Software bugs are a constant fact of life, thanks to the ubiquity of software and the ubiquity of software bugs. Sometimes the bugs costs millions of dollars or kill people. Why is the reaction so muted? Rather than just accept software bugs as unavoidable, let’s ask the obvious question: Given that manufacturing is able to achieve six sigma levels of quality—i.e., only three defective items per million manufactured—why does software quality still suck? In this webinar, part 1 and part 2, Rex will address some of the real barriers to achieving six sigma quality in software, while at the same time holding software engineering as a profession accountable for not doing nearly as much as we can.
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A Crowning Achievement: Great ISTQB Certification Training at a Great Price

Time is running out for the early-bird discount for the STPcon in DC next month. Learn how to collect your discount here. What certifications can you get and why should you bother with certifications, you ask? For the answers, listen to my short video here.

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Come On Baby, Don't Fear the CTAL Exam!

So, that headline isn't quite as catchy as the 70s Blue Oyster Cult tune.  However, it is more relevant to you than the BOC hit, if you are a software testing. Listen to this podcast, which has some good advice from Tom Adams of the ASTQB on why the CTAL certification is so valuable and why you shouldn't fear the exam. So, don't let the CTAL exam scare the hell out of you. Take it on. We can help. Contact us.

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Do Your Homework!

Contrary to the management cliche, there is such a thing as a dumb question. Any question that a person asks in a meeting, which is answered in background material provided before the meeting, is not only a dumb question, it is a rude question. You are effectively wasting everyone else's time by forcing them to watch as one person explains to you things you should have known from the background material. So, put in the time to do your homework before coming to meetings, so you can contribute, not distract.
 

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RBCS Classic: Introducing the ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation

In honor of the release of my Agile Testing Foundations book last month, take a listen to these recorded webinar from three years ago (part 1 and part 2). At that time, ISTQB had just introduced the Agile Tester Foundation syllabus and RBCS had just introduced our Agile Tester Foundation exam. We've made a lot of progress since then.  Three years on, the ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation syllabus is the most successful new syllabus ever.  The Agile Testing Foundations book is the first book 100% aligned with the syllabus. And, our RBCS Agile Tester Foundation course is a great resource for those who want the ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation certification. This course is available in live, e-learning, and virtual formats. Need help getting this certification? Contact us

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Decision Tables Versus Pairwise: How Do You Choose?

Decision tables and pairwise techniques are fundamental test design techniques. Both cover testing multiple options or conditions, but there's an important difference between them. Use the wrong one, and you'll miss important bugs. Do you know how to choose? You would if you had attended an RBCS test design course! Check out my video on the question. If you're at SOFTEC, come to my pairwise tutorial on Thursday to learn the answer. If you're not at SOFTEC, head to the RBCS YouTube channel and listen to my recorded webinar, Myths of Pairwise Testing. #softwaretesting

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Count the Ducks

Most test efforts that go over budget and beyond schedule were pecked to death by ducks. In other words, it’s usually not one big problem or catastrophic event that results in the budget-busting delay, but rather a series of small incidents like test environment problems and late test releases. The smart test manager knows how to count the ducks. #softwaretesting

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Certification Training at STPcon in DC

Are you looking for ISTQB certification? In today’s competitive job market, it often helps if you have a certification on your resume. For some companies, contract requirements dictate that team members be certified in order to work on a particular contract. Other companies use certifications to make sure team members are able to communicate and work together with a standard set of terms and commonality of processes. You may have determined that a certification will help your chances for promotion. Whatever your reason, you can get your certification needs handled at STPcon. Check out the video here.

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Stupid Metrics Tricks: Live from Heisenbug 2016 in Moscow

If you have been in software engineering for a while—or in fact just in the working world in general for a while—you’ve probably seen someone do something stupid with metrics. Such mistakes raise a whole bunch of interesting questions. What are the most common metrics mistakes? Why are they mistakes? Why do people make these mistakes? Are you making these mistakes? Why use metrics at all, when there are so many mistakes? In this keynote speech from the Heisenbug 2016 conference, I'll explain these mistakes, so you can avoid them.

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How To Test This Technology?

Some crazy social implications here, but give a moment's thought to designing and running tests for this technology. What is your test oracle? What techniques do you use?

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