What is Contract Testing?

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And Consumer-driven contract testing This is a follow on from Contract testing: Why do it First some quick definitions: Consumer Is someone (a dev team for instance) that makes use of a third party component or a combination of components…
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Contract Testing, Why do it?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about contract testing lately and trying to explain why it’s a good idea.  I thought I’d start by getting my initial arguments for it down and go from there. Got an opinion then let me know. Note:…
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The unintended consequences of automated UI tests

Whenever I see people talking about automated testing I always wonder what type of testing they actually mean? Eventually someone will mention the framework they are using and all too often it's a UI based automation tool that allows tests…
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WIP limits: choose your own adventure edition

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What are they? A limit on the amount of work that can be pulled into the team and most likely columns on your board that you use to manage your teams work. Why? The idea being that instead of work being pushed into the team as a when it comes…

Lenses of Quality

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tl:dr: Another way to think about what quality means to software development teams. A while back someone on twitter asked what does quality mean to you. To which I responded: https://twitter.com/JitGo/status/1010031582395224064 Which not…
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Junaid Valimulla: Are we nearly there yet?

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Guest post from Junaid Valimulla currently working as a Senior Test Engineer who is continually learning and honing his craft. I first met Junaid back in my Sony Ericssion days as a Test Analyst and was always impressed with his ability to pick…
A DevOps one liner

A DevOps one-liner?

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tl;dir You can try but you risk people either misinterpreting or making assumptions so you end up having to explain what you mean anyway. I was recently asked if I could explain what DevOps was to someone new to the software industry and…

In test column

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A colleague recently asked me why I think the in test column is a bad idea. So I had a quick search around and couldn't find anything specifically on the topic I decided to put some of my ideas down on why we shouldn't have one and instead to…

How to break the rules?

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Dan North gave a really interesting talk at last years GoTo Conference called How to break the rules. He takes Eliyahu Goldratt 4 steps of how technology is adopted which he presented in a series of lectures he gave on why people didn't take…
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UI Automation, what is it good for? 

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TL;DR: What automation at the UI level does and doesn't give you. UPDATE: I originally wrote this back in March 2015, lost it in my drafts and found it again recently so thought I get it out there. Don’t agree then let me know in the comments. Automation…