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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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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.


Software Testing: ISTQB Certification: The Standard for Tester Professionalism 3/21/2011

Length: 0h 54m 6s
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The ISTQB certification program has effected enormous change in the software testing profession in the last dozen years. With over 175,000 certificates issued, with a three-level program from Foundation to Advanced to Expert, with a international presence spanning 50 countries, and with an open, democratic model for governance and participation, the ISTQB has truly set the standard for tester professional. Join this webinar to review and discuss the program, in an interactive forum, with Rex Black.


Software Testing: Six Lessons in Software Quality 3/17/2011

Length: 1h 20m 47s
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As we all know, quality does not happen by accident. And it certainly doesn’t happen by trying to test out bugs at the end of the lifecycle. So, how can we manage quality from start to finish? If we start with a focus on good requirements on the first day of the project, how will that affect the system testing at the end of the project? In this talk, Rex Black will talk about lessons he’s learned in over 25 years of software engineering, across the entire software lifecycle.


Software Testing: Hiring Great Testers 2/1/2011

Length: 1h 36m 19s
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As the worldwide economy recovers, many test managers are facing a happy challenge: How do I hire really great testers? Given that a great employee can be ten times as effective as a poor employee, hiring the right people is a critical question for us as managers. In this webinar, Rex will help you find answers to this question. We’ll examine what attributes you should look for in great testers. We’ll talk about skills testers need, and how to measure and grow those skills. We’ll talk about how to interview testers to make smart hiring decisions. Join this webinar, illustrated with examples throughout, to learn ways to hire and grow a great test team.


Software Testing: How Do You Know You Did Risk Based Testing Right (Part 4) 11/29/2010

Length: 0h 0m 43s
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The final installment in a special yearlong series on risk based testing that shares Rex Black’s insights based on over 15 years of using, improving, and teaching risk based testing.


Advanced Software Testing: Pairwise Testing 11/12/2010

Length: 0h 50m 9s
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This is another webinar in a series on advanced software testing, excerpted from Rex’s popular book, Advanced Software Testing: Volume 1, a book for test analysts and test engineers. In this fourth webinar, Rex will discuss the use of pairwise techniques in testing. Pairwise techniques allow us to go beyond equivalence classes and boundary values to test the ways in which independent options can interact, while at the same time avoiding an explosion in the number of test cases. Join this webinar, illustrated with examples throughout, to learn a technique that you can apply to your work right away.


Software Testing: How Do You Know You Did Risk Based Testing Right (Part 3) 11/11/10

Length: 0h 1m 9s
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The next installment in a special yearlong series on risk based testing that shares Rex Black’s insights based on over 15 years of using, improving, and teaching risk based testing.



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