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

Length: 1h 18m 5s
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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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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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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 4s
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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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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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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.

The Myths of Pairwise Testing: 9/27/13

Length: 1h 2m 36s
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In the Spanish Conquista of North America, there were myths, such as the fountain of youth and El Dorado the city of gold. Today in software testing, there are myths as well, including myths surrounding the use of pairwise testing techniques. While pairwise testing can be useful for certain high-risk situations, too often it is used in situations where it is not needed or where it provides less benefit (often at a higher cost) than other test design techniques. So, how do we choose the right time to use pairwise testing? How do we avoid its misuse and overuse? Join Rex for an iconoclastic webinar that will change the way you think about pairwise testing.

Webinar: The Sherpas of Testing Success 08/14/13

Length: 1h 2m 26s
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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.

Webinar: ISTQB in a Nutshell: 7/23/13

Length: 1h 1m 49s
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The ISTQB tester certification program has had a tremendous positive impact on the software testing world, with over 300,000 certifications issued around the world. Perhaps you’re considering getting an ISTQB certification, but have questions. What’s going on with the ISTQB? How does it operate? Where to the exams come from? How does the ISTQB certification fit into a tester’s career path? What’s the international profile of the ISTQB program? As an active volunteer in the ISTQB program and former President of the ISTQB and ASTQB, Rex can answer your questions. Join Rex for an overview of what you might want to know about the ISTQB before committing your time and energy to the certification, and for an opportunity to ask questions.

Webinar: The Seven Deadly Sins of Testing: 6/11/13

Length: 0h 53m 36s
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Many smart, otherwise-capable testers sabotage their own careers by committing one or more of the deadly sins of testing. 1. Irrelevance/redundancy 2. Ignorance of relevant skills or facts 3. Obstructionism 4. Adversarialism 5. Nit-picking 6. Blindness to project/organizational priorities 7. Last-moment-ism Are you your own worst enemy? Come join us to discuss these seven deadly sins with Rex. You might recognize your own behaviors, or behaviors of others on your test team. Rex gives examples of these behaviors through case studies, and tells you how to stop the behaviors and solve the problems those behaviors have created. For sinners and non-sinners alike, Rex offers ideas on how to become a testing saint.

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