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Rex Black Talks with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio

Give a listen to Rex's talk with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio. They cover the history of RBCS, the future of software testing and how AI/ML figures into it, and how to stay relevant and up-to-date as a consultant. (Hint: It's not by leaving the field for eight years.)
#softwaretesting #artificialintelligence #testautomation

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Don't Be a Chicken Little Tester

I've long said that, as testers, we should avoid finding large numbers of trivial bugs while missing the important ones, as that feeds the negative management perception of testers as a bunch of nitpicky, beside-the-point, cost-centers. However, as part of a post-project assessment, I've recently seen something even worse, which was finding a large number of bugs of low to medium severity and yet reporting them as high severity bugs. In some cases, they weren't even bugs, they were requests for changes or just plain failure to recognize correct behavior.  False positives and severity inflation are real problems, very quick ways to destroy your credibility as a tester or as a test group. 

#softwaretesting #defectmanagement #credibility

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March 2019 Webinars. Yes, Webinars, Plural!

Complimentary Webinar Plus a Bonus Webinar on March 19, 2019:

  1. Two Points of View at Two with Michael Mah: "Teacher, Teacher, Bugs Ate My Deadline," and Other Defect Management Disasters
  2.  One Key Idea: Measuring Defect Detection Effectiveness

Learn more and register: https://rbcs-us.com/resources/news-events/events/category/webinars


 

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Coming Soon

Foundations of Software Testing, updated for the 2018 syllabus, which I was the Project Manager for.

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A Strong Back and Good Work Ethic?

It used to be the case, as the saying goes, that a strong back and a good work ethic could get you into the middle class in the US.  That's apparently a debatable point right now.  And, in terms of working in tech, the question becomes, at what point does a good work ethic become a pathological work ethic? 50 hours per week? 60 hours per week? More?

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Bad Ideas that Sound Reasonable

Recent work doing a post-project assessment reminds me that the most dangerous kind of bad idea is the one that sounds reasonable. Bad ideas that sound stupid stand little chance of implementation, but bad ideas that sound reasonable often carry the day, with disastrous results.
#softwaretesting

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Smart Application of Formal Test Design Techniques

Formal test design techniques are useful, but never let a formal test design technique get in the way of a good testing idea. When we help with clients in our consulting and training work, we teach them how to select and blend formal test design techniques--white-box, black-box, experience-based, and defect-based--to come up with the best testing ideas for their exact situation. Contact us for more information.

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Nice Feedback on Our Recent Mobile Webinar

Thanks to Alex Martins for the kind words below about our recent free webinar on mobile testing.  I appreciate the feedback.  

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Great Feedback on Our Advanced Security Tester Course

We just finished our ASTQB accredited Advanced Security Tester course here at #STPcon. I got some great feedback from Raluca Eftimoiu on the course, as you can see below. Thanks, Raluca, for coming to the course. I'm glad you got what you needed from the course to better-integrate security testing into your SDLC.

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RBCS: Shift Left and Friends: Live at SOFTEC 2017

Shift left. Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD). Continuous deployment. DevOps. What is all this stuff and what does it mean for you as a tester? In this keynote speech, delivered at SOFTEC 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Rex Black explains these concepts and their test implications.  He describes the emerging role of the SDET (Software Development Engineering in Test, also called a Technical Tester or Technical Test Analysts) and what these technically-oriented testers do.  Yes, being an SDET is about test automation, but it’s about a lot more than that, and Rex gives examples of what you can expect to do in a shift left world over the coming decade.  Don’t worry. Life as a tester in the shift-left reality is gonna be fun and exciting, and Rex gives you some ideas how.
Need more help making your testing operation shift left? Contact us to learn how.

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