asking for help

Asking for help when needed – this is also a valuable skill

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailIt’s not easy asking for help. When as part of my work I ask someone to come and take care of something for me and to provide better results than those I have been able to achieve, it means that I am openly stating the fact that I’m not able to do something as […]

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The secrets of successful testing-community projects: OTC and SToT

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailMany of us have ideas of projects that will help our peers.  Some of us even try to take this ideas and make plans around them.  But only a lucky few get to actually put these ideas into practice. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemail

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manual testing and automation

Coordinating your automated and manual test management

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailSome QA teams that have automation still run part of their automatic test cases manually. I wondered WHY do they do this? here are some of your reasons. I also added some of the ideas and points to be taken into account in order to successfully coordinate your manual and automated testing efforts. Share […]

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Estimations pitfalls

The Pitfall of Estimations and How (try to) Avoid Them

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailOK, so this is a topic that comes from a conversation I had last week with a PT customer who is also a listener of the Podcast – Yes, I found one!  And, this ones’ for you! Now, To make a long story short, we talked about cases when you are asked to provide […]

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Frustrations in testing

Frustrations in testing & what to do about them?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailEver felt like testers have a frustrating job?  I have had my share of places and times when I found myself working with people and testing in organizations and products that were really annoying! What are the most common frustrations in testing and what can we do as testers and managers to decrease the […]

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Testing from home

Testing from Home Pitfalls & Tips

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailAs you might have noticed we have this new thing called Covid-19 or the CoronaVirus…   If you are listening from somewhere in the Civilized world (with some exceptions around China and the Scandinavian countries) you are probably listening to this podcast from home.  You are keeping social distance, and coping with new work & […]

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Continuous improvement

Podcast – Continuous improvement – sounds good but how to do it?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailHow’s life Joel: Working on more PractiTest stuff Online Test Conf is coming soon – we are doing it differently this time – 3 time zones Shout out to Jesper Ottosen! Rob: New online course coming soon for managers What does Continuous Improvement have to do with Testing?  Good question. This topic is not […]

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Testing Metrics

Podcast – Metrics – The good, the bad and the ugly

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailHow’s life Joel: Back from some the QA or the Highway Conference in Ohio, visited some customers in the US and Canada (literally buried in snow). Working on the State of Testing Rob: Exciting news, got my own office and properly going knee-deep into getting my online management course completed and launching my Parent […]

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How to tell better stories

Testing success can be reliant on good storytelling. 
How to tell better stories?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailHow’s life Joel: Busy starting to plan conferences and customer trips, the usual. Rob: Good Christmas, slowly getting into the new year. As usual, big plans but we’ll see how the year goes. I’m going to be speaking at two confirmed conferences this year. EPIC conference, by Techwell, in San Diego in April – […]

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Regression testing

What’s the deal with regression testing and why are we still spending so much time on it?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailHow’s life Joel:  December is great, I love December!  I get to stay in Israel and work from the office as most of our customers are busy closing the year and getting ready for Christmas. Planning next year, many trips and conferences. It will be great year, but right now trying to regroup and […]

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Why do we have TestOps

Development should include testing. So why do we have test ops?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailHow’s life Joel: January is proving to be very busy! We are running the State of Testing, so I want to plug that one since we need the help of everyone filling out the survey. Rob: Great Christmas break, now back into a new year with new opportunities. I’ve been somewhat bemused by the […]

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started in testing

How did Rob and Joel get started in testing? What was the world like back then… and is it different to today really?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailHow’s life Joel:  November was crazy!  I managed to be in the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, and 4 different cities in the US. 4 Testing conferences – QA&Test, Agile TD, Testing United, and ConTEST NYC. Visited some amazing PractiTest’s customers. Was hardly at home all month long 🙁 And if that wasn’t enough we […]

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Write my test cases before I run them

Do I need to write my test cases before I run them?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailJoel: Needless to say and come clean, I work for PractiTest and we have a Test Management tool / Service.  This means that I basically get paid by the fact that people write their test cases upfront and then track their runs. But working for a company such as PractiTest, and before that for […]

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Agile done not by the book

Agile not done “by the book”?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailJoel: I got back from Japan a couple of days ago. Just like I do in most of my trips, I got to sit and talk to testers.  I talked to testers in small companies, to testers in huge organizations, had sessions in 2 meetups, and in general had a chance to listen and […]

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Resume

How to get started in testing when you do not have any previous experience

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailWhat came first, the chicken or the egg?   Or to put it differently and in our context, the fact is that many companies are looking for junior testers with some testing experience, but then again how can you get that initial experience to get started in testing? This vicious circle is both annoying and […]

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New testers training

What to include in a training program for new testers

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailWe all have new testers joining our teams and it is always a question what should we include in the initial training program for a new tester?  On the one hand, we want to get people, especially young testers, to get their feet wet and their hands dirty with real testing work.  But on […]

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How to share data generated by users in testing?

How to share data generated by users in testing?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailFirst of all, we want to thank our listener Patryk for suggesting this topic!  Guys, feel free to write to us with questions and ideas for topics to review! Let’s start with a simple question, why do we need customer data? What’s wrong with the data we already have? Why use customer data? There […]

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Can we help developers test

Can we help developers test? How?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailCan Developers test?  I guess we’ve all been asking this question for a long long time. Back in the long passed Waterfall days the answer to this question was simple.  We would ask “Can developers test?” and the answer would have been “WHO CARES?” Since the people who had the job and responsibility to […]

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What to consider when testing a multicultural application

What to consider when testing a multicultural application

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailtesting an application used by people from many countries and backgrounds Funny thing happened on the way to this podcast, I suggested the topic given that we are introducing PT to Japan and seeing how the cultural differences are big between the Japanese market and the rest of the world. And when I suggested […]

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Managing and Reporting Exploratory Testing

Managing and Reporting Exploratory Testing

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailExploratory Testing – Why, what and when? Unless you have been stuck under a rock for the last 15 years, and even if you have been stuck under a rock testing, then we are sure you have been doing some sort of Exploratory Testing as part of your work. We all do ET, but […]

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Bugs, not as simple as we tend to think (part 2)

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailBugs are an important part of the work of testers, but for some reason we tend to take them for granted, and don’t invest the proper value and thoughts to them. I am not saying they are the most important part of the process, but they are an incredibly useful output and measurement if […]

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Bugs, not as simple as we tend to think – Part 1

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailBugs are an important part of the work of testers, but for some reason, we tend to take them for granted and don’t invest the proper value and thoughts to them. I am not saying they are the most important part of the process, but they are an incredibly useful output and measurement if […]

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master test plan

Master Test Plan

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemail Back when we used to all work Waterfall or V or W Model, it was a standard part of the process to have a planning phase for each of your project stages.  And for the Testing stage or stages (if you were more into V than Waterfall) we had our own document describing […]

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promote change

How to Drive Quality in Your Organization Regardless of the Organization You’re In?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemail Testers or Quality Assurance? Can we influence or drive quality? Should we? People can and should, but not everyone can. And some organizations do not welcome it. We can and should, but not everyone CAN right now. It’s all about communication skills – being able to articulate ideas and change. And also to […]

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Quality Culture

Quality Culture

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailCulture is nothing more than group habit – it’s what people do every day. So in order to change a culture to one of a “quality” one, you must identify the behaviors that lead to good outcomes and encourage these throughout the organization 1% improvements I first heard about the 1% approach when I […]

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afraid of agile

Do I need to be afraid if my team is moving to Agile?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailYou shouldn’t be afraid when your team is moving to agile, nobody expects you to become a developer. With that said, don’t consider yourself non-technical as testing is technical work even when coding is not required from the tester. Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemail

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Sanity, Regression, Smoke etc… Do we need all these testing types?

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailThis topic may seem simple, but I’ve been asked about it a couple of times in the last month, and I also saw it in multiple questions on QA Forums, SoftwareTestingClub, and other places where I go visiting once in a while. Let’s start by admitting we have a problem in the Testing Community. […]

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The simple differences between Product Risks & Project Risks

Share this…FacebookTwitterLinkedinRedditemailGoing into the subject of Test Project Strategy and more specifically around MTPs there are 2 points where we are not always sure what to do and what are our responsibilities as testers and test managers: Product Risks & Project Risks The first step is to understand these are 2 different entities: Product Risks […]

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