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The RBCS podcast allows you to stay current on important topics in software testing and training. Subscribe for the RBCS software testing podcast and, about twice a month, you'll learn something new and interesting. Rex will share important lessons learned from RBCS' consulting, training, and expert services engagements. Listen while exercising, going for a walk, shopping, or driving, and become a more informed software tester.

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Webinar: In Praise of Specialization: 8/27/14

Length: 1h 32m 19s
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Description:

The hot trend these days is to talk about cross-functional, self-organizing teams, and to disparage specialization. For example, Ken Schwaber wrote, “You don’t have to be a tester to test, or a designer to design.” But is that really true? Would you accept the following statements? If you’re a baseball player, you don’t have to be a pitcher to pitch, or a catcher to catch. If you’re a musician, you don’t have to be a violinist to play violin, or a pianist to play piano. If those statements make you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. In this webinar, Rex will explain why specialization matters. He will explain the science and psychology behind specialization. He will offer three specific case studies where a lack of specialized skills contributed to dramatic failures, and three case studies where the presence of skills averted similar failures. You’ll go away with some food for thought, and perhaps a determination to reorganize the way you manage your teams.


Webinar: Testing Best and Worst Practices, Part 2: 7/14/14

Length: 1h 34m 2s
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Description:

Last year, Rex did a series of tweets over a few months, each one calling out a specific test management, testing, project management, or lifestyle best practice—or worst practice. Now, we’ve collected these practices into a two-part series of webinars. At the beginning of the series, Rex will discuss the concept of best practices and refute the software testing canard that there are no best practices. Next, in each webinar, he’ll describe a dozen or more of these practices, including examples of why it is a best practice—or a worst one. Finally, at the end of the series, Rex will give some ideas on how you can remove worst practices and institute best practices in your organization. Tune in and take part in the discussion. After all, continuously improving your skills and knowledge is one of the best practices!


Webinar: Testing Best and Worst Practices, Part 1: 6/17/14

Length: 1h 30m 6s
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Description:

Last year, Rex did a series of tweets over a few months, each one calling out a specific test management, testing, project management, or lifestyle best practice—or worst practice. Now, we’ve collected these practices into a two-part series of webinars. At the beginning of the series, Rex will discuss the concept of best practices and refute the software testing canard that there are no best practices. Next, in each webinar, he’ll describe a dozen or more of these practices, including examples of why it is a best practice—or a worst one. Finally, at the end of the series, Rex will give some ideas on how you can remove worst practices and institute best practices in your organization. Tune in and take part in the discussion. After all, continuously improving your skills and knowledge is one of the best practices!


Webinar: Interviewing Testers: 5/30/14

Length: 1h 38m 24s
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Description:

Did you know that dealing with a single problem employee can consume as much as 50% of his or her manager’s time? Imagine how that reduces the manager’s effectiveness! This is why making smart hiring decisions is one of the most important and central roles for test leads and test managers. However, it’s also one of the hardest roles we face. In this webinar, Rex Black, having hired dozens of testers and coached managers around the world on how to improve their hiring practices, will share some of the techniques you can use to ensure that your next hiring decision is the best one you’ve made—so far.


Webinar: Introducing the ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation Extension: 4/17/14

Length: 1h 18m 5s
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Description:

The ISTQB has long recognized the value of various software development lifecycles, with discussions of sequential, incremental, and agile lifecycles found in the Foundation, Advanced, and Expert syllabi. Now, the ISTQB has expanded its coverage of agile methods with the ISTQB Agile Tester Foundation Extension syllabus, beta released in March 2014. In this webinar, Rex Black, Chair of the Agile Working Group and co-authors of the syllabus, will describe the syllabus learning objectives and the content covered in each of the three chapters. He’ll show you some sample exam questions and review the exam structure, so you know what to expect if you decide to get certified. And, as always, he’ll take your questions.


Webinar: Testers of 2015 and Beyond: 3/13/14

Length: 1h 34m 41s
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Description:

The software testing profession is evolving rapidly. The following trends are playing out, and having a significant impact on our work:Virtualization and cloud computing Agile methodologies An explosion in the test configuration space Huge volumes of production data Proliferation open-source testing toolsAn uncertain economic situation You need to keep current with your skills and awareness of these trends, or get left behind! This webinar will give you some ideas on how to position yourself for success in 2015 and beyond.


Webinar: Towards a True Engineering Profession: 2/18/14

Length: 1h 14m 28s
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Description:

The software profession is evolving rapidly, and software testing is also evolving. Some people talk about software and software testing as a “craft,” but are we doomed to remain in such a primitive state, like medieval swordsmith’s guilds? Or, as the phrases “software engineering” and “test engineer” have long implied, can we advance to a true engineering profession. What is the history? What can other engineering professions teach us? What do other engineering professions have, and how can we go about creating analogous resources for software engineering? What will a true software engineering profession mean for testing? Join Rex for this imaginative trip into one possible future, based on science and engineering facts.


Webinar: Ten Bugs that Shook the World: 1/2/13

Length: 1h 3m 5s
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Description:

Software quality in general is pretty bad. If you’re a professional tester, that statement is no surprise. What does surprise people, even testers, is how much damage a single bug can do. In this free webinar, Rex will examine case studies of ten bugs that caused at least $1,000,000 in damage, the death of at least one person, or both. Beyond just recounting the bug and its damage, we’ll look at how—or even whether—better software testing could have detected the bug before it did its dirty work.


Webinar: Agile Testing in the Real World: 12/10/13

Length: 1h 35m 37s
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Description:

Lots of organizations are adopting agile. Some of these organizations are finding practical ways to integrating testing into agile lifecycles. In this presentation, 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 free webinar, Rex will discuss these points and more, giving you a better shot at agile testing success.


Webinar: Why Testing as a Career: 11/5/2013

Length: 1h 32m 12s
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Description:

Can you make a career out of software testing? Yes, you can. Software testing provides some of the most interesting and difficult challenges available in the software engineering profession. It is a growing field, and much remains to be learned about how best to test software, and to manage the testing of software. As a software testing profession, you have the opportunity to be a pioneer. In this free webinar for current and future testers, Rex will explain why you should pick software testing as a profession and answer your questions.



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