July - Toread

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At the intersection of software, technology and people  What is this? Things I’ve been reading this week that I’ve found interesting or intriguing. Sharing because I thought you might like them too. Most of the links…
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Future of testers: somewhere between users, teams and businesses

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3 minute read I've been thinking a lot recently about what the future of the testers role could look like. Especially in teams that not only fully embrace CI/CD or DevOps but actually get some way towards implementing the ideas behind the…
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What do testers do next?

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If the perceived value of testers is just to test the changes made by the development team then the future of the testers role looks bleak but could it be more than this?
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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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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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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…
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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…