Bad Ideas that Sound Reasonable

Recent work doing a post-project assessment reminds me that the most dangerous kind of bad idea is the one that sounds reasonable. Bad ideas that sound stupid stand little chance of implementation, but bad ideas that sound reasonable often carry the day, with disastrous results.

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Smart Application of Formal Test Design Techniques

Formal test design techniques are useful, but never let a formal test design technique get in the way of a good testing idea. When we help with clients in our consulting and training work, we teach them how to select and blend formal test design techniques--white-box, black-box, experience-based, and defect-based--to come up with the best testing ideas for their exact situation. Contact us for more information.

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Nice Feedback on Our Recent Mobile Webinar

Thanks to Alex Martins for the kind words below about our recent free webinar on mobile testing.  I appreciate the feedback.  

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Great Feedback on Our Advanced Security Tester Course

We just finished our ASTQB accredited Advanced Security Tester course here at #STPcon. I got some great feedback from Raluca Eftimoiu on the course, as you can see below. Thanks, Raluca, for coming to the course. I'm glad you got what you needed from the course to better-integrate security testing into your SDLC.

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RBCS: Shift Left and Friends: Live at SOFTEC 2017

Shift left. Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD). Continuous deployment. DevOps. What is all this stuff and what does it mean for you as a tester? In this keynote speech, delivered at SOFTEC 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Rex Black explains these concepts and their test implications.  He describes the emerging role of the SDET (Software Development Engineering in Test, also called a Technical Tester or Technical Test Analysts) and what these technically-oriented testers do.  Yes, being an SDET is about test automation, but it’s about a lot more than that, and Rex gives examples of what you can expect to do in a shift left world over the coming decade.  Don’t worry. Life as a tester in the shift-left reality is gonna be fun and exciting, and Rex gives you some ideas how.
Need more help making your testing operation shift left? Contact us to learn how.

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Testing Mobile Apps: The More Things Change (Location), the More They Stay the Same

In just a few years, mobile devices and the applications on them have upended the way people use computers. People spend more time than ever on their PCs, but people spend even more time on their mobile devices.  Obviously, mobile devices and apps have important differences from their PC counterparts. It’s not just a smaller screen!  However, does that mean that all proven best practices for testing and quality go out the window when dealing with mobile apps? In this webinar, Rex will explain what changes, and what doesn’t change, when you move into the mobile world.

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Intellectual Property Theft Karma: Down-low Download Can Bring You Down When It Comes Back Around

About a year ago, I became aware of an act of brazen intellectual property theft affecting one of my books.  I lit into the perpetrator and his employer on social media, and I kept it up.  I recently found out that my campaign against this individual has paid off.  While various privacy laws prevented me from finding out exactly how badly this thief’s career had been damaged, I do know that the damage is serious and long-lasting.  
The irony is that, had this person approached me about how I could help him in what he was trying to do, rather than stealing my IP, I would have been happy to work with him. Spreading the word about software testing, how to do it, and the importance of doing it right is something I’ve spent my entire career doing, and it’s something I’m happy to support. But, since he chose to steal from me, he earned himself an enemy, not a friend.
So, if you have any questions about using someone’s book, article, presentation, blog post, or other intellectual property, be smart: ask for permission.  Most authors are very generous, as we don’t write books, post articles, give webinars, etc., out of greed for money. On an hourly basis, you can make more money as a grocery clerk than you do in technical book royalties.  However, some of us authors are very protective of our brain-children, and I’m one of them.  If you chose to steal from people like me, trust me, we make it our mission to make you pay a very high price for that theft, mainly as a way of sending a message to the broader community. As the Chinese proverb says, kill the chicken to scare the monkeys.  Don’t be the next chicken an angry IP owner goes after.
If you are interested in using my IP or RBCS IP as part of your software testing or quality efforts, send us an e-mail.  We can let you know how you can do that, in a legal, ethical way that supports the long-term ecosystem of software testing ideas. 

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Strategies of Software Testing, Not Schools

Here's a metaphorical question for you: Tanks are certain useful to the military, but have you ever heard of a country deciding that it would adopt a "tank-driven warfare" approach to defense? Of course not! Tanks are part of a blended strategy for defense, not a school of thought on warfare.

In software testing, though, a small but vocal group of testers talk about “schools of testing,” but do you have to belong to one? Or can you pick and choose appropriate testing strategies based on your project, organization, and team needs and priorities? In this webinar, Rex demonstrates how the “schools of testing” concept has actually limited our profession. In the place of this failed idea, Rex described a set of powerful testing strategies that can be customized and blended to create an effective, efficient, and fulfilling test approach. As always, Rex took questions after the webinar is over. Listen to the recorded webinar here to learn how to avoid the mental trap of the "schools of testing" idea. Free your mind to all the software testing strategies out there. Need more help adapting these strategies to your particular needs? Contact us.

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RBCS Classic: Agile Risk-based Testing: A How-to Guide

In honor of Labor Day, take some time to look at how to make Agile testing more efficient by making it risk-based testing. Check out this RBCS classic recorded webinar (presentation part 1 and Q&A part 2), viewed by over 2,000 people already, to see how. Yes, testing user stories and acceptance criteria is important, but risk-based testing can help you focus and prioritize your testing efforts. Figure out what to test, how much, and in what order, in a way that minimizes the risk of failure in production. If you need more help getting risk-based testing going, whatever your software lifecycle, contact us

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Practical Techniques and Practical Advice for the Exam, Too

We're proud of our ASTQB-accredited Advanced courses, including the Advanced Test Analyst course we ran last week in Kuala Lumpur. Based on the message exchange shown above, you can see that our attendees like them, too. As Hazlina explains, not only did she and the rest of the 20+ people in the class learn practical testing techniques with hands-on practice, they also gained good practice and tips for the exam. All of them finished early and, as Hazlina said, the practice questions over-prepared them.

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