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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: Skynet Has Arrived: Will Ubiquitous Connectivity via Mobile and Distributed Computing Give Us Convenience or the Terminator? 02/25/15

Length: 1h 31m 42s
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What would John Connor, son of Sarah Connor, hero of the resistance in the “Terminator” movie series, say about the Internet of things, the ubiquity of mobile devices, the fact that we almost ran out of IP addresses, software that updates itself, and other signs of the coming computer apocalypse? He’d probably tell us to pull the plug, quickly! Beyond the nightmare scenario of the “Terminator” films, what are the implications of quality, and lack of quality, for the now-real situation that everything is connected to everything else? Will it be Neuromancer, “Terminator,” androids dreaming of electric sheep, or something more benign? Join us for some fun and interesting speculation and prediction on the future of limitless connectivity.


Webinar: Interviewing Testers: 1/2/15

Length: 1h 26m 38s
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This is an encore presentation of one of our most popular webinars. If you missed it the first time, you can catch it now. 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: Test Estimation: 12/3/14

Length: 1h 35m 46s
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This is a third presentation of one of our most popular webinars, which had almost 2,500 registrants. If you missed it the first time, you can catch it now, and hear about how test estimation is done, using techniques that work in both traditional and Agile lifecycles. 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.


Webinar: Agile Risk-based Testing: A How-to Guide 11/12/14

Length: 1h 35m 53s
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Perhaps you, like many software testers and test managers, are enjoying the benefits of incorporating a lightweight analytical risk-based testing strategy such as RBCS’s Pragmatic Risk Analysis and Management (PRAM) technique into your test approach. What if your organization is adopting an agile methodology? Can you still use PRAM and other similar analytical risk-based testing strategies? Absolutely. In this webinar, Rex will explain the process for integrating quality risk identification and assessment into the release and iteration planning processes, and for integrating quality risk mitigation into each iteration. You’ll return to work with a proven method for injecting risk-based testing into your agile processes.


Webinar: Agile V Model: Oxymoron or Best Practice? 10/8/14

Length: 1h 19m 38s
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Is the V model dead, crushed by the onset of agile methods? In the age of agile, are those who talk about the V model anachronistic dinosaurs? Or was the V model actually ahead of its time, illuminating best practices that now form the core of agile testing? In this talk, Rex will show how the fundamental principles of the V model can be successfully applied in the context of an agile development effort, and how the application of those principles make agile software development even more agile. Sure to stir some controversy, attend Rex’s webinar, submit questions and comments, and make up your own mind.


Webinar: Strategies of Testing, Not Schools: 9/4/14

Length: 1h 14m 12s
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A relatively small but vocal assemblage of testers talk about “schools of testing,” but do you have to belong to one? Or can you pick and choose appropriate testing strategies based on your project, organization, and team needs and priorities? In this webinar, Rex will demonstrate how the “schools of testing” concept has actually limited our profession. In the place of this failed paradigm, Rex describes a set of powerful testing strategies that can be customized and blended to create an effective, efficient, and fulfilling test approach. As always, Rex will take your questions after the webinar is over.


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

Length: 1h 32m 19s
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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.



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