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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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Software Testing: Managing Quality within Budget and Schedule Constraints: Successful and Unsuccessful Techniques 2/10/12

Length: 1h 32m 42s
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In a perfect world, we would have boundless time and resources to deliver systems with plentiful features, each feature having perfect quality. In the real world, we must balance schedule, budget, features, and quality. When schedule, budget, and features get all of the attention, we have a quality quandary. In this webinar, Rex will discuss ways that test professionals can help their project teams resolve that quandary. First, it’s important to recognize the trade-offs being made, and then test professionals can promote the five elements of making successful trade-offs: shared vision; disciplined management; quality in, and bugs out, throughout; focused testing; and, sending the right message. Rex will illustrate these five elements with a variety of case studies and examples.


Software Testing: The Sherpas of Testing Success: Studies of Successful Independent Test Groups 1/9/12

Length: 1h 30m 47s
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How can independent test teams guide an organization to success? What organizational options exist for such teams? How does independent testing fit into the software lifecycle? How can we measure success for such team? In this presentation, drawn from three decades of industry experience, Rex will help you find answers to these questions, and to establish—or improve—your independent testing team. Join in the discussion after the initial presentation, and ask Rex about the challenges you face with test estimation.


Software Testing: Five Trends Affecting Testing - Five Years Later 12/14/11

Length: 1h 28m 35s
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Five years ago, Rex gave a talk in Tokyo, Wellington, Sydney, and Portland where he talked about five trends which were affecting testing, putting testers’ careers at stake, creating both risks and opportunities. The trends: globalization; test automation; commoditization; compliance, regulation, and tort law; and, education and certification. In this webinar, Rex will revisit each of those five trends now, five years on. He’ll talk about the effects that have occurred, the effects that have not occurred, and the effects that are yet to occur. He’ll give you ideas about how to effectively handle these trends, and also some hints about new trends that are emerging.


Software Testing: Listen to Your Defects 11/23/11

Length: 1h 24m 12s
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As Yogi Berra famously said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.” Or listening for that matter. In testing, we can listen to our defects. Defects can tell us a lot about what’s going on with our projects, a lot about the current quality of our products, and a lot about our software engineering process and its capabilities. For example, how many defects can you expect users to find after you release the product? In some cases, defects can tell us interesting things about what’s not going on, too. For example, when testers have previous hands-on user experience, do they really write better defect reports? In this webinar, Rex will discuss important things test professionals can learn by listening to defects. He’ll illustrate these insights with a variety of case studies and examples. You’ll walk away ready to listen to your defects, and to understand what they’re telling you.


Advanced Software Testing: Integration Testing 10/28/11

Length: 1h 20m 12s
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This is the eighth webinar in a series on advanced software testing. This one is excerpted from Rex Black’s and Jamie Mitchell’s book, Advanced Software Testing: Volume 3, a book for technical test analysts, programmers, and test engineers. In this webinar, Rex will discuss techniques for integration testing. Integration testing is one of the least-understood and oft-forgotten test levels, but proper integration testing is essential to ensuring that later levels of testing such as system testing and acceptance testing go smoothly. Join this webinar, illustrated with examples throughout, to learn a ways to ensure that integration testing is effective and efficient in your organization.


Software Testing: Test Estimation 09/20/11

Length: 1h 33m 33s
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How many testers do we need? How many test cases do we need? How many bugs will testing find? How long will testing take? Those are good questions, but those questions are often hard to answer. In this webinar, drawn from three decades of industry experience and materials in his best-selling book Managing the Testing Process, 3rd edition, Rex will discuss fundamental techniques for test estimation. Join in the discussion after the initial presentation, and ask Rex about the challenges you face with test estimation.


Advanced Software Testing: Code Coverage 9/12/11

Length: 1h 34m 18s
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This is the seventh webinar in a series on advanced software testing. This one is excerpted from Rex Black’s and Jamie Mitchell’s book, Advanced Software Testing: Volume 3, a book for technical test analysts, programmers, and test engineers. In this webinar, Rex will discuss the use of sophisticated code coverage techniques. Code coverage allows us to understand how much of the code has—and hasn’t—been tested, and to identify new and useful test cases to fill the coverage holes. Join this webinar, illustrated with examples throughout, to learn a technique that you can apply to your work right away.


Software Testing: The Psychopolitics of Test Management 7/13/2011

Length: 1h 34m 31s
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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 his best-selling book Managing the Testing Process, 3rd edition, Rex will 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! The International Software Testing Qualification Board has already effected profound change in the software testing profession, and the rate of that change continues to accelerate. Not only have 150,000 people have achieved Foundation certification, but increasing numbers of testers are taking Advanced exams, including the extremely challenging Advanced Technical Test Analyst exam. In this webinar, Rex will explain why it’s so tough—and why technically-oriented testers who have achieved Foundation certification should step up to the challenge.


Software Testing: Advanced Technical Test Analyst Overview 7/8/2011

Length: 1h 34m 35s
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The International Software Testing Qualification Board has already effected profound change in the software testing profession, and the rate of that change continues to accelerate. Not only have 150,000 people have achieved Foundation certification, but increasing numbers of testers are taking Advanced exams, including the extremely challenging Advanced Technical Test Analyst exam. In this webinar, Rex will explain why it’s so tough—and why technically-oriented testers who have achieved Foundation certification should step up to the challenge.


Software Testing: Testing Metrics: Process, Project, and Product 5/31/2011

Length: 1h 30m 57s
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Some of our favorite engagements involve helping clients implement metrics programs for testing. Facts and measures are the foundation of true understanding, but misuse of metrics is the cause of much confusion. How can we use metrics to manage testing? What metrics can we use to measure the test process? What metrics can we use to measure our progress in testing a project? What do metrics tell us about the quality of the product? In this webinar, Rex will share some things he’s learned about metrics that you can put to work right away.



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