The following will be a regular feature where we share articles, podcasts, and webinars of interest from the web.
If you’re interested in learning more about testing and love podcasts, Software Testing Magazine has compiled a list of some popular testing podcasts.
“Continuous testing shortens feedback loops through automated testing that occurs throughout the development lifecycle—hence “continuous.” Testing and QA become the responsibility of everyone working on the software, not just testers. Let’s look at some proven practices from organizations that have used continuous testing effectively to realize tangible benefits.”
Jon Ferguson Smart is the author of “BDD in Action”, one of my favorite tech books. He posts often on his blog and provides some solid advice on automation. In this post, he briefly discusses the three method: the first stream is value, the second stream is quality or technical debt, and the third stream is learning. He links to a new ebook, “The Roadmap From Manual to Automated Testing”, which is recommended for anyone learning to adopt automation. He’s an excellent author so please give it a read.
Paul Grizzaffi is an automation architect for Magenic. In this guest post for Applitools he describes multiple issues that can occur during a deployment to prod by a developer, from visual issues to timing issues. There are two different costs to consider: cost of change and cost of failure. To learn more about both check out his post.
For a change of pace, here is an excellent conference presentation given by the great Doc Norton on Technical Debt. I highly recommend watching this video to understand the origins of technical debt and why so many orgs don’t devote time towards quality as an upfront cost. “Technical Debt has become a catch-all phrase for any code that needs to be re-worked. Much like refactoring has become a catch-all phrase for any activity that involves changing code. These fundamental misunderstandings and comfortable yet mis-applied metaphors have resulted in a plethora of poor decisions. What is technical debt? What is not technical debt? Why should we care? What is the cost of misunderstanding? What do we do about it? Doc discusses the origins of the metaphor, what it means today, and how we properly identify and manage technical debt. In this talk I’ll share how these four principles power world-famous companies and how they can help you work with greater speed, simplicity, safety and success.”