Beware of Geeks Bearing Risks

Risk-based testing is a proven best practice, well established in the ISTQB program and beyond.  Of course, it only works when you get the whole team involved, business stakeholders, technical stakeholders, testers, and beyond. However, when these folks come to geek out on quality risk analysis, are they always rational? In this classic short video, Rex discusses why people aren't always rational about risk, and gives you a pointer to more resources on risk irrationality. Don't crap out. Listen now. Enjoy!

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Software Testing Made Really Simple

In this classic video, RBCS owners Rex Black and Laurel Becker explain software testing in general, and what RBCS does in particular, to elementary students. Hey, if it was simple enough for them to understand, maybe these ideas will help you explain testing to busy stakeholders on your projects.  Enjoy!

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Start Your May in a Bug-squashing Way

As I mentioned a few weeks back, I've got two summits and a black-box bug-a-thon scheduled for the start of May. Here are the details:

What's a bug-a-thon, you ask? Well, check out this video, and then sign up. You will go away a changed person, at least in the way you do black-box testing!

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Exploring Myths and Realities of Exploratory Testing

Are you struggling to implement exploratory testing in your organization? Maybe you're falling victim to some of the myths that surround it. In this classic webinar, Rex Black steps up to debunk some of those myths. Tune in for a iconoclastic tour of some of the truths, half-truths, and whoppers, the best practices and worst practices, surrounding exploratory testing. Enjoy!

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Sorry You Missed It

Well, we're sorry you didn't make it, but we went ahead and held our ASTQB-accredited Advanced Test Analyst course without you. What did you miss? Well, you missed quality risk analysis, risk-based testing, equivalence partitioning, boundary value analysis, decision tables, state transition diagrams, state transition tables, 1-switch coverage, pairwise testing, the ACTS testing tool demo, classification trees, defect taxonomies, exploratory testing, usability testing, domain analysis (see below), use case testing, user story and requirements reviews, accuracy and correctness testing, interoperability testing, defect management, and the use of tools. You missed hands-on exercises (such as the risk analysis one that resulted in the information in the figure above) and over 100 exam practice questions. Don't miss the next live or virtual ATA class. Sign up today.

More interested in an Advanced Test Manager course? We've got that covered, too. Sign up here. We still have room in next week's course, and you can register here.

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Have We Integrated Testing Best Practices into Agile Yet?

Some bad ideas about Agile testing are in ruins, but the best practices stand the test of time.

Back in 2009, I wrote, "Integrating testing best practices into Agile methodologies will be a key success factor for many test teams in the 2010s. The lesson of the 2000s is that doing so poses a number of challenges."

With the advent of the ISTQB Agile Test Foundation syllabus, and the courses and books supporting it, I think the path for integrating testing best practices into Agile is well-defined. However, as I continue to work with clients around the world, I continue to see challenges.

We've certainly made progress, but have we made enough progress? If you're testing in Agile projects, what is in the way of your testing? Are you feeling about as Agile as the folks in this meeting? Or maybe you're feeling as Agile as this little fellow jumping the bar, but someone keeps raising the bar on you?  

What do you think? What remains your biggest challenge to integrating testing best practices into Agile?

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Interesting Conversation with Joe Colantonio of Test Talks

I had an interesting conversation with Joe Colantonio of Test Talks recently, covering test automation, test metrics, certification, best practices, and more. The podcast is now live. Check it out here.

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ISTQB Progress Continues

As you can see here, the ISTQB continues to make great progress in covering the world and expanding the program. My company, RBCS, is proud to be an ASTQB accredited training provider, offering six accredited or four soon-to-be-accredited training courses. Personally, I'm proud of the hundreds of volunteer hours I've spent, both in Executive roles (as President and Governance Officer) and now focusing on helping to develop Agile syllabi and working with the Advanced Working Group.

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Don't Let Your Software End Up on the Bone Pile

Are you worried about lousy quality resulting in your software ending up on the bone pile of history? We can help you avoid that horrible fate. Contact us for help improving your testing, via consulting, training, and expert services. Learn more here.

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Show and Tell: Code Coverage with gcov

We're not fibbin', code coverage is really important; fortunately, tools are free and easy to use.

The automated testing pyramid says that organizations should focus on automation primarily of low-level tests, such as unit tests. It's great to have lots of automated unit tests, but how good are those tests, really, at managing risk? One way to measure that is using code coverage metrics. In this recorded One Key Idea webinar, Rex demonstrates the use of a basic, free tool, gcov, which is part of the Linux suite of development tools, to measure statement and branch coverage. .

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