May - ToRead

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Things I’ve been reading this week that I’ve found interesting or intriguing. Most of the links will revolve at the intersection between software, technology and people - with the occasional testing slant. I aim to update them weekly, with some commentary on my thoughts and findings

Building a quality culture: Is it quality assurance or quality awareness?

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A way to see if the work your are doing in your team is about building team awareness or team assurance of quality
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Agile Manchester 2020: Testers Edition

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I’ve always found that tester representation at agile conferences to be lacking. It’s a bit like it doesn’t have the word test in the titles so it’s not for me. Personally I’ve always found a treasure trove of information from talks…
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Building confidence with automation

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For automation to be accepted and therefore successful people need to feel confident in the process, but how do you do that for test automation? "Show" them the process or build trust with the person doing the work.
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How to document Unit Testing

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Whenever you talk about unit testing with teams they never tell you what it means to them. They go straight to of course we do and show you 100s of passing tests. Interesting thing is by calling it unit testing everyone thinks they are talking…
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How to learn from failure

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[Organisations] that catch, correct, and learn from failure before others do will succeed - Amy Edmundson
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Working for home: Why routine matters

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Manage your time Now you are your own boss all those things in work that keep you honest are no longer there. If you want to sit with Facebook/WhatsApp open all day you can and no one would know. But this is also chance for disaster. If…
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Building Quality in via Testability

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7 minute read Back in March 2018 I visited The Design Museum in London and came across the above installation. What you can see is technology design classics all the way from the first transistor radios on one side to the very first digital…
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How to move away from the In Test column

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We as testers are always looking at ways to improve our testing processes and one way to do that is to move away from the In Test column. You can read more about the why in my post "In Test" column but the how I left pretty vague. I'd like to…

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…