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Hope It Doesn't Drive You Nuts, But We've Moved the Psychopolitics Webinar!

Due to a schedule conflict and to make the webinar more accessible to a wider audience, we've moved our next monthly webinar to January 11.

While much of testing and test management involves rational decision-making, measuring quality and providing testing services to the team, there are realms of the test manager’s job where psychology meets politics to form psychopolitics. In this webinar, drawn from three decades of industry experience and materials in my best-selling book Managing the Testing Process, 3e, I'll discuss how psychology and politics can collide to make the test manager’s job…interesting. Join in the discussion after the initial presentation with your own questions and stories about testing psychology, testing politics, and plain ol’ psycho-politics!

This webinar is offered at two times for your convenience. You can register for The Psychopolitics of Test Management on Jan 11, 2017 1:00 PM CST here or you can regsiter for The Psychopolitics of Test Management on Jan 11, 2017 8:30 PM CST here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Oops, We Goofed

We had a typo in our promo last week.  Did you see it? It wasn't a big deal but we are testers! We're making up for our oversight. Our 20% discount is now 25%!

Enroll in any 2017 RBCS virtually delivered, publicly delivered, or e-learning course and receive 25% off of tuition. Go to our marketplace, click on your preferred course delivery method(s), select your course(s), add it to your cart, and enter the code 2017QA20EXT into the promo code field to receive your discount. Certification courses and non-certification courses included!

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Oh Get Real. (Real Agile in the Real World, That Is.)

A majority of software development organizations have adopted Agile methods, but testing in Agile projects remains a major challenge. However, some of these organizations have found practical ways to integrating testing into Agile lifecycles. In this webinar, Rex will address challenges and opportunities associated with Agile, different ways of adapting Agile lifecycles and the testing within those lifecycles, and how Agile differs from traditional lifecycles. We’ll examine tools and metrics for Agile projects. We’ll address whether Agile can be used for outsourced projects. We’ll look at different options for organizing test teams on Agile projects, and why only some of these options can work. Rex will offer his thoughts on Agile and quality, and what skills and personalities work best in Agile projects. In this updated free webinar, Rex will discuss these points and more, giving you a better shot at Agile testing success.

This webinar is offered at two times  You can register for Agile Testing in the Real World (update) on Dec 28, 2016 1:00 PM CST at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7305772454904348418

Alternative, register for Agile Testing in the Real World (update) on Dec 28, 2016 8:30 PM CST at: 

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4973838034763575298
 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Quality Workers of San Antonio, Unite!

Testers, SDETs, and quality pros in the San Antonio area, check out SAQAF. You can find more information on the SAQAF Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

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Without Feedback, There Is No Improvement

Some people advocate not tracking bugs found during testing. Here's a question for them: How do you intend to measure and improve the quality capabilities of the software engineering process without feedback on defects? Remember, as the saying goes, the odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.

If you need help getting your bug tracking system in order, or if you need help improving your software engineering process based on the bugs you've already tracked, let us know.  We can help.

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Agile Testing? Risk-based Testing? Together? You Bet!

Can you be agile and risk-based in your testing, all at once? Yes. Check out this free recorded webinar to learn how. Want the elevator pitch? Listen here. Still need help integrating risk-based testing into your agile projects? Contact us and we can provide support, remotely or on-site.

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Our Gift to You: 20% Off of All 2017 Training

Enroll in any 2017 RBCS virtually delivered, publicly delivered, or e-learning course and receive 20% off of tuition. Visit our store, select your course(s), add it to your cart, and enter the code 2017QA20EXT into the promo code field to receive your discount. Certification courses and non-certification courses included!

Offer expires 12:01 am CST 01/01/2017. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Discount does not apply to additional materials or exams. No limit on number of courses purchased

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Now It's Even Easier to Find Out If Your Test Processes Are Naughty or Nice

With this press release, we've just announced new remote and scalable options for our quality and test assessment services. With software companies searching for higher productivity and effectiveness, they have begun to realize that sometimes they need a coach and sometimes an outside opinion to help them take advantage of their strengths while identifying their weaknesses and putting them on the path to improvement.

However, while lots of companies want to get a detailed assessment from RBCS, some can't afford the time. And even while the return on investment is always much more than 100%--I've never done an assessment where I didn't find many more opportunities for improvement than the assessment cost--some companies simply don't have tens of thousands of dollars to invest. We realized that people want to optimize not just their spending, but also their time. So, we’ve decided to offer our assessments remotely, and with small-scope and pay-as-you-go options to allow short, focused consulting.

We have performed assessments, carried out consulting engagements, defined testing metrics, and delivered training to over 200 clients, small, medium, and large, on six continents around the world. Our traditional assessments are one week to two weeks in length and involve interviews with the entire test team and management and an evaluation of the test environment. The resulting product includes a delivery of a thorough 100-page report complete with valuable suggestions and detailed instructions.

We think that's a great service, and will continue to offer traditional assessments to our clients. In such assessments, I guarantee that I will find more potential savings--often ten, hundreds, or thousands of times more savings--than the assessment costs. However, we want to expand and increase our focus on test assessment services in 2017 to help smaller teams, groups on tighter budgets, and organizations with specifically defined testing problems. These focused assessment will take as little as a day or even just a few hours. We can perform them remotely or at your site.

Curious? Contact us for more information. We can arrange a free one-hour initial consultation to discuss your specific problems and how to structure the assessment work. Whether you want a full-scale, traditional assessment or a remote, focused assessment, we can help you move your testing processes firmly out of the naughty column, and into the nice column. That's a Christmas gift that will put you in a jolly spirit all week long. So, don't be a Scrooge, contact us today.

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Complimentary Webinar: The Psychopolitics of Test Management

While much of testing and test management involves rational decision-making, measuring quality and providing testing services to the team, there are realms of the test manager's job where psychology meets politics to form psychopolitics. In this webinar, drawn from three decades of industry experience and materials in my best-selling book Managing the Testing Process, 3e, I'll discuss how psychology and politics can collide to make the test manager's job...interesting. Join in the discussion after the initial presentation with your own questions and stories about testing psychology, testing politics, and plain ol' psycho-politics.

Date: January 4, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM CST or 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM CST

Instructor: Rex Black 

Fee: None!

To support our international clientele, we will present this webinar at two times:

For the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East: 1:00 PM Central US Time (January 4) and 8:00 PM Central Europe Time (January 4). To register, click here.

For the Americas, Australasia, and Asia: 8:30 PM Central US Time (January 4), 10:30 AM Beijing Time (January 5), 11:30 AM Seoul/Tokyo Time (January 5), and 1:30 PM Sydney Time (January 5). To register, click here.

Please use the world clock to determine the webinar start time in your area.

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Software Testing, Inside Looking Out

Do you know how to assess what parts of the software you have tested and what parts your haven't? Do you understand the reports produced by code coverage tools? If not, don't worry. In a little over an hour, I explain white-box testing (a.k.a., structural testing), code coverage metrics, and related technical topics in this recorded webinar.

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