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Experiences at STAREAST 2018: An Interview with Michael Sowers[interview]
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Michael Sowers, TechWell’s IT director and program chair for STAREAST 2018, discusses some of the activities, presentations and networking opportunities at the event. He also discusses what to expect at the all-new Agile Testing Days.

Jennifer Bonine
Desktop computer with monitoring software on the screen, photo by Jakob Owens 7 Ways Monitoring Can Help You Be a Better Tester[article]

Monitoring makes your testing work easier, helps you manage certain biases you may have, and lets you learn a lot about the product, users, and even your own processes. Here are seven concrete benefits testers get from monitored data that you can use to convince your team to implement monitoring—as well as realize for yourself.

Lina Zubyte
Michael Bolton The Inaccurate Nomenclature of Manual and Automated Testers: An Interview with Michael Bolton[interview]
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Michael Bolton, principal at DevelopSense, explains why there should not be the perceived division between manual and automated testing. He says they are both just tools in a tester's toolkit, and we should use the tools appropriate to the job at hand.

Jennifer Bonine
Icon showing clipboard with passed and failed tests Teaching Acceptance Test-Driven Development[article]

Acceptance test-driven development is a whole-delivery cycle method that allows the entire team to define system behavior in specific terms before coding begins. These conversations align the expectations of the testers, developers, and product owners, forcing any silly arguments to happen before someone has to create the code twice. Here are some great beginner exercises for teaching ATDD.

Matthew Heusser
Be Indispensable: Cross-Train like a Testing Athlete Be Indispensable: Cross-Train like a Testing Athlete[magazine]

Stretching your skills and preparing for organizational and work-related change is vital for any QA tester. Your best approach is to work on complementing your skills and competencies.

Bonnie Bailey
Finding Microefficiencies in Agile Practices: An Interview with Melissa Tondi[interview]

Melissa Tondi discusses retuning your standard agile practices to better engage the project team, enabling them to write code that will pass testing and free testers to assume the role of user advocate.

Jennifer Bonine
Row of cupcakes decorated with blue frosting and rainbow sprinkles, photo by Brooke Lark Shifting Testing Left Bakes In Quality from the Start[article]

“Shift left” is one of the latest buzz terms in software testing. Movements like agile and DevOps recommend that testers shift left, but what does that mean, exactly? Here's how one tester became a believer in the shift-left movement; how he got his team's developers, analysts, designers, and managers on board; and how his entire organization has benefited from the shift.

James Espie
Using Agile and DevOps to Achieve Quality by Design Using Agile and DevOps to Achieve Quality by Design[magazine]

When software nears completion, it is the wrong time to focus on quality. Product delivery improves if you invest in a plan, validate in small increments, and focus on continuous testing.

Michael Sowers
Automated Security Scanning in Your Delivery Pipeline: An Interview with Matt Grasberger[interview]
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Matt Grasberger, a software consultant at Coveros Inc., discusses shifting left security scans that you can do quickly and easily and the open source tools that are available to utilize early in the application development process to ensure you are not introducing new vulnerabilities.

Jennifer Bonine
Interviewers going over a job applicant's certification Is It Worth It for Software Testers to Get Certification?[article]

The software testing community is split over whether it's worth the time and cost to go through a testing course in order to obtain a certification. Does having a certification prepare you when you're first getting started in your career? Does it help you stand out from other job applicants? Albert Gareev shares his opinions on what makes a testing certification worthwhile.

Albert Gareev
QA Is More Than Being a Tester QA Is More Than Being a Tester[magazine]

QA testers often take on more of a role than just testing software code. When the team needs help, QA should lend a hand in assisting with business analysis, customer communication, user experience, and user advocacy.

Amanda Perkins
Marcia Buzzella Improving Communication and Social Skills: An Interview with Marcia Buzzella[interview]
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Marcia Buzzella, an independent leadership consultant and strengths coach, discusses the importance of communication and social skills in a business atmosphere. She offers advice on tools to recognize your weaknesses in those areas and how to work toward improving your effectiveness.

Jennifer Bonine
Hand holding up a light bulb Learning without Asking: Breaking into a New Testing Field[article]

If you're first getting into software testing, or if you've started a new job testing in a different industry, you probably have a lot of questions—about terms and jargon, expectations, requirements, and more. Hopefully your new team will answer some of them, but if you feel like you keep bugging them, there are ways you can learn and discover on your own.

Laura Oniga
Supporting Continuous Testing with Automation Supporting Continuous Testing with Automation[magazine]

Create tests that can be used in a continuous testing environment, build the right number of tests, and don’t fall victim to the mistaken belief that everything can be automated.

Bas Dijkstra
Achieving a Balance between Manual and Automated Testing: An Interview with Jim Holmes[interview]
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Jim Holmes, executive consultant at Pillar Technology, discusses tools and methods to effectively communicate with management your goals for balancing manual with automated testing.

Jennifer Bonine

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