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Becoming a Test Automation Professional for Free on the Internet? Right!

I had a conversation with someone whose management had suggested that he have his test team learn Selenium from free videos on the Internet, then they could automate all of their tests with it.  So, show of hands, how many people think that this strategy has any chance of success?  What right-minded person would decide to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of effort in letting untrained people, with no experienced leadership or professionally-designed test architecture, build a test automation suite?  Would you pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a house built by people who learned everything they know about carpentry and electrical wiring on YouTube?

If you need help educating your team on Selenium test automation, and putting a smart test architecture in place, let us know.  We can help with that.

#softwaretesting #testautomation #selenium

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Another Perfect Result

And, for the second time in one week, another 100% pass rate to brag about. This time, it was for our #A4Q Selenium Tester Foundation course. Thanks to iSQI for the exam services.

#softwaretesting #testautomation #selenium

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Avoid Useless Knowledge

It's fair to say that the more we test, the more we learn, but testing needs to focus on learning (and telling people about) the important aspects of the system. Not all questions deserve answers.

#softwaretesting

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Great Results from our Course at STP Con

Congratulations to all the attendees of our ISTQB Foundation class this week. 100% pass rate on the iSQI exam!

#softwaretesting

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Is Your Agile Testing Not Feeling Very Agile?

Many of our clients are using Agile methods to develop software.  However, even now, almost 20 years after the Agile Manifesto was signed, some people are still struggling with fitting software testing best practices into their Agile development teams.  Does this sound familiar?  If so, don't despair.  We have worked with clients' testers and test teams from the early days of Agile, helping them achieve effective and efficient testing within Agile development processes, including XP, Scrum, Kanban, Continuous Delivery, and Continuous Deployment.  RBCS President Rex Black lead the effort to write the highly successful ISTQB syllabus, the Foundation Level Agile Tester, and co-wrote a book on the topic, so you can be confident that we can help you put into action techniques and concepts that are well-proven and widely accepted.

Contact us today for more information: info@rbcs-us.com

#softwaretesting #agiletesting

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So Much Winning

This month, we had two webinars, so we had two free e-learning drawings. Congratulations to Melissa Kluthe and Laura Vandenbosch. If you want to win, just register for and attend upcoming free RBCS webinars here.

#softwaretesting #selenium #designthinking #security #testautomation 

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Am I Good Enough?

Do you ever wonder whether you are a good enough bug finder? Alleviate the self-doubt by seeing how you measure up, using the defect detection effectiveness metric. Learn more by listening to this podcast version of the free webinar: https://rbcs-us.com/resources/podcast/webinar-one-key-idea-measuring-defect-detection-effectiveness/

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Toys in the Attic?

Based on someone's question in a LinkedIn thread, "Why bother to measure test automation ROI?" I'll re-post a comment I've made before. As I've long said about test automation tools, without a business case and demonstrable ROI, it's not a tool, it's a toy. Playing with toys is all well and good until management catches you at it, and then they'll make you stop.

#testautomation #ROI #testtools

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One Key Idea: Measuring Defect Detection Effectiveness

A typical objective of testing is finding defects, but how effectively do you achieve that objective?  Fortunately, there’s a way to measure that, using a metric called defect detection effectiveness.  Check out this One Key Idea webinar, where Rex explains how to use two simple, easy-to-gather metrics to calculate defect detection effectiveness, and also shares some insights into how to use that metric to set a baseline for future improvements and to benchmark yourself against other companies.

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Security Assessments: Don't Make the News for the Wrong Reasons

You probably remember the steady drip of stories over the last year, about how some company got hacked and it cost them a lot of money?  A sneaky web exploit based on access tokens damaged Facebook's already shaky reputation and may cost the company a $1.6 billion fine. T-Mobile leaked the personal data of about 2 million customers due to an API bug; several months later, the company is still working on the issue.  From the code you write to the web sites you maintain to the servers you use to the security protections you have in place, the odds are pretty good that you are exposed, too.
You want to keep your company out of such a dreary hall of shame, right? Well, in just a few weeks, we can help you sleep easier. Our on-site security assessment, aligned with the ISTQB's identified application, system, and network security best practices, will evaluate your security posture and identify vulnerabilities. We'll give you a detailed report, the good, the bad, and the ugly, with prioritized recommendations, positioning you to keep your company out of the news. Contact us to find out more by sending an e-mail to info@rbcs-us.com.

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