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DDefendCon 2019

06/07/20191 Min Read — In Conferences, Career, Development, Testing

Looking for some local security focused conferences and found DefendCon is happening in Seattle on Sept 26-27, 2019! They are still in CFP mode but speaking of cook acronyms, looks like they even…

AAssert JS Conf 2019

05/11/20191 Min Read — In Conferences, Career, Development, Testing

Assert(JS) Conf is back for 2019. If you're serious about testing in the modern JavaScript world, I recommend checking it out. This will be in Toronto on September 12th, 2019. The tickets are on…

IIntroducing The Quality Split

05/07/20192 Min Read — In Testing, Career

We've all seen the software testing pyramid by now, in all it's various forms. There are a lot of interpretations about it's scope and applicability but it's proven to be a useful hueristic. Not…

IIndustry Wide Technical Debt

04/23/20191 Min Read — In Testing

https://twitter.com/smariapena/status/1121120093201555458 Accessibility automation Observability tooling Testability Advanced monitoring and telemetry Testing in Production Agile DevOps DevSecOps Red…

TTruly Great and Bad

02/01/20191 Min Read — In Career, Testing

My pal and former colleague mentioned recently https://twitter.com/rudyrichter/status/1091725981797306368 I won't pretend that I'm truly great but I have seen some truly bad. https://twitter.com…

JJanuary 2019 Link Dump

01/31/20192 Min Read — In Career, Office, Resources, Security, Testing

Wrap up of January links I thought were interesting that I posted to my team throughout January. Testing, Quality, Ops, Sec :foxwave: https://twitter.com/AlexanderOnTest/status/108096399508181401…

PPost Modern Testing

01/24/20191 Min Read — In Conferences, Testing

Way back in October 2012 I attended an Unconference put on by Deloitte folks around Mobile+Agile+QA and I heard Jason Arbon talking and was mesmerized. This guy was spitting truth and talking about…

22018 QA and Test Slack Channel Link Dump

12/27/20185 Min Read — In Office, Testing

In the #softwaretesting channel at work, I post the output of my adventures in self-edification and any interesting links I encounter on the 27 Slacks, 3 Discords, 500 RSS feeds and 1 well manicured…

AA QA Onboarding Doc For NetNewsWire

12/26/201822 Min Read — In Testing, Career

Now that I've spent some time walking down memory lane thinking about Kaleidoscope , I dredged up another nice document for NetNewsWire, this one is less of a test plan and more of an onboarding…

GGlitches and Jank

11/11/20181 Min Read — In Career, Testing

I recently heard about a young gamer going after in-game bugs to exploit errors for goods. This gamer calls it glitching . Designers and front end devs have been calling it jenk or Janky . How to…

CCypress Quick Tip: Requests

09/10/20181 Min Read — In Resources, Testing, Development

The classic use case for making direct requests to your backend outside of your front end application, is to create, login and seed the local browser with user creds so you can cleanly run whatever…

AA Shallow Agreement Test

08/14/20181 Min Read — In Testing

One of the slickest moves you can pull out of your Software Tester bag of tricks is asking all the people who will be working on a particular user story about what they understand needs to be done and…

AAdd Lighthouse To Your Dev Setup

06/29/20181 Min Read — In Testing, Development

Lighthouse is a great tool to check your website for common issues around accessibility, performance, SEO. I've been using it in the browser/extension for a while but I just figured out that you can…

CCypress Quick Tip: Scripts

05/22/20181 Min Read — In Resources, Testing, Development

In your package.json the simplest setup is running your testrunner for day to day development and running your tests on the commandline, perhaps for continuous integration. This could be as simple…

CCypress Quick Tip: Skip and Only

03/04/20181 Min Read — In Resources, Testing, Development

In your day to day use of Cypress, especially using it for day to day development, you will want to focus on your signal from the noise that a constant testrunner can evoke. Only the Lonely When you…

CCypress Quick Tip: Adding Faker

11/30/20171 Min Read — In Resources, Testing, Development

A lot of your testing will be done with mocks, fakes, stubs and fixtures of some sort. Sometimes in a test you don't want flat data, but something dynamic for each run. You can use tools to create…

CCypress Quick Tip: Debugging

11/15/20171 Min Read — In Resources, Testing, Development

I will admit, I don't really know JavaScript too well. I am not a webdev whiz but I do a fair amount of general debugging and sometimes outright stepping through a debugger to diagnose a problem. Did…

QQA Talk For Code Schoolers

10/31/20176 Min Read — In Testing

This is a stub based on a talk aimed at Junior Devs. It's a bit of a mess in this format and I've got some attributions to work out but warts and all, here is a talk I gave on QA/Test. QUALITY…

VVision for the QA/Test Team

10/18/20171 Min Read — In Testing, Career

Be proactive, not reactive: build programs that reflect where the business/team is going not where it’s historically been. Kill sacred cows, kill your darlings: the traditions and ideas that got you…

MMy First Windows Computer

10/16/20171 Min Read — In Office, Testing, Development

My new project is Windows-heavy. I have up to this point made a career out of avoiding anything to do with Web or Windows. Now I'm doing both and feeling a bit lost. To better myself and get some…

CCypress Quick Tip: Configs

10/12/20171 Min Read — In Resources, Testing, Development

One of the first things you will want to do when spinning up Cypress in your project is setting up your configs. You can get pretty far without it and they come with sensible defaults. After you…

CCypress Quick Tip: Waits

08/12/20171 Min Read — In Resources, Testing, Development

One thing you will want to do very often when testing a React or Vue UI is waiting for the view to do something. The big use case here is waiting for an API response so that your UI can display the…

22017 PyCon Report

05/25/20171 Min Read — In Ops, Testing, Development

PyCon was giant. It felt like WWDC. Here's some stand-out talks. Ying Li, David Lawrence: Introduction to Threat Modeling Lynn Root: Tracing, Fast and Slow Digging into and improving your web service…

CCypress Quick Tip: Fixtures

04/11/20171 Min Read — In Resources, Testing, Development

Having worked for agencies, studios, consultancies for years one thing that I've managed to live through time and time again is being on a greenfield app project that depended on a API/backend that…

WWhen we talk about Testing

12/12/20161 Min Read — In Testing

Testers and muggles need to get on the same page about Testing. It's not "manual" testing, it's just TESTING . You wouldn't call it manual programming, would you? All testing is done by a human.  We…

WWriting Tests as Testing

10/30/20161 Min Read — In Testing

Much like code reviews can serve to contribute to the shared knowledge of the code base the act of writing automated tests can, in fact, be a perfect moment to test your app. In a code review maybe…

PPyDx 2016 Report

10/03/20161 Min Read — In Conferences, Ops, Testing, Development

I've been heads-down in Python lately and love an excuse to go to Portland. So I saw PyDX conference pop-up and had to attend! Quick review: The talks were half squishy, half technical, I would prefer…

QQA/Test Required Reading For the Absolute Beginner

09/01/20161 Min Read — In Testing

I often get asked how to get started in testing. There are a lot of ways to go but reading should be a big part of it. These teach you: The kind of Exploratory testing you need to know in modern…

CCAST 2016 Favorite Talks

08/11/20161 Min Read — In Conferences, Testing

I gotta admit, I am pretty burnt out on spending \$2000USD to hear the same talks over and over again. These, however, from CAST this year were pretty great and worth your time! Why Companies Without…

RReinventing Testers Retreat, Orcas Island

05/20/20161 Min Read — In Conferences, Testing

I'll write more later, still ingesting it all, but I had a good time and stretched my mind a little. Met lots of folks. Rode in a tiny waterplane. Good stuff. Role Dynamics Testopsies Heuristics of…

PProject Management Traceability

04/23/20161 Min Read — In Project Management, Testing

Just like your developers and testers want to be able to debug a stacktrace, so do your project managers want to trace issues at the project level. How do we do this? How do we work in a traceable way…

GGetting Started With Postman

04/21/20161 Min Read — In Ops, Testing, Development

This is a collection of resources I've collected for getting my junior testers started with API testing. Postman is an incredibly friendly and useful rest tool I recommend to all. Brief Intro http…

TTester Interview Questions

04/05/20164 Min Read — In Hiring, Testing

There’s a lot more to hiring than the interview questions but recently I came across someone looking for a list so I thought I would share my own. The context of these questions is an interview for a…

DDefine Testability Features in Your User Stories

02/03/20161 Min Read — In Testing

Not every little thing can live in your definition of done. I know, I get it. The problem is that user stories and Jira tickets typically don't have enough functional requirements. This causes a drain…

TTester Triangulation

10/03/20151 Min Read — In Testing

How do I let my team know where I'm at in my testing? On the one hand, overreporting and unutilized documentation is a waste of resources. On the other, you want to keep your team informed and up to…

DDrinking From The Firehose

09/29/20151 Min Read — In Office, Project Management, Testing

Whether you are a PM or QA, you want to have your finger on the pulse of a project. If you've got Slack, you can leverage applications and integrations to find that vein. Create a dedicated channel in…

GGet To Know Your Friendly Local Developer

08/14/20154 Min Read — In Testing

Befriend and bemuse them with your uncanny ability to keep them on their toes. It should go without saying, but let’s do it anyway in case you’re new here. Your team’s software tester should be…

AAndroid Test Setup

05/12/20152 Min Read — In Testing

Most of this is to simplify handling apps across multiple devices at once. Sourced from my pal @jackbrewster and messed up and mangled by me. Add these to your ~/.bash_profile Setup your…

SSecurity and Privacy Checklist

12/15/20142 Min Read — In Security, Testing

I'm no sec wizard but we can all get a bit better at our app sec. This list is mostly mobile oriented but it's a start. Hope it helps jumpstart your appsec! Application Security & Privacy Basics Login…

QQuickstart: Test Plan for Scaffolding

05/20/20147 Min Read — In Testing

What is this app? 30K ft. view. Keep it short Document Usage Guide Introduction This is where the project mission statement goes. If you don't have one from outside, write your own. Provide an…

TThe Tester on Your Team Does Not Assure Quality

03/02/20143 Min Read — In Testing

Having a tester on your team is no assurance of a Quality end product. That carrot dangles in front of all of our faces. It is a shared burden and responsibility by the whole team. Your Tester is…

AA Cover Letter To Whom It May Concern

02/13/20142 Min Read — In Office, Testing

QUALITY ASSURANCE IS MORE THAN TRYING TO BREAK SOFTWARE It's about finding empirical evidence of alignment of project needs, vision, and strategy. The project needs constant and immediate feedback…

FFresh Business Cards

12/01/20131 Min Read — In Career, Testing

Now that I've been doing some independent consulting for iOS Software Testing I got myself some cards. They are goofy and I will probably only use them to try to win a free burrito or while my info…

NNow Hiring: QA @ Black Pixel

08/20/20132 Min Read — In Hiring, Office, Testing

RESPONSIBILITIES The kind of QA person we're looking for will know as much about the current state of the application's requirements as any developer, designer, or project manager. They will know the…

TTesting Night with James Bach

08/08/20131 Min Read — In Conferences, Testing

Tacit knowledge plays a huge role in our ability to test, and that's why so many people think that testing is simple and easy. Ask any experienced tester how to test and you are likely to get mumbles…

HHow I Report Bugs

02/05/20134 Min Read — In Testing

As a fervent exploratory tester, a single test session may produce upwards of 40 issues I’d like to investigate further or report in some way. Turning a 90 minute QA flâneurship into 40 stellar bug…

GGit Image Merge Conflict Tool

01/18/20131 Min Read — In Career, Resources, Testing

You probably won't ever need to create dozens of git repositories that have conflicted image files to diff and resolve, ( WINK ), but if you ever do, I got you covered:

DDon’t Break Apps: Dispel Notions

10/16/20121 Min Read — In Testing

You might have heard it from a tester or two, now and again: “I get paid to break apps”. It’s cute & funny and who doesn’t love being both or either? But, it’s wrong. Unless you are writing and…