Why Software Testing Conferences Like TestBashNY Are So Incredibly Important

Rosie Sherry is Founder of Ministry of Testing and Software Testing Club.  She loves to do great things for software testers of the world.

TestBashI’ve been in the testing world since 2001, a few years later I was ready to leave. Everything about testing seemed dull. Boring. Pointless. Uninspiring. I couldn’t see myself in this career for the rest of my life.

I tried to find other like-minded testers, but I failed.  There were no meet up groups. All the conferences were too far away or way too expensive. People didn’t really seem interested in testing; they only seemed interested in talking to try to sell me stuff. And just to top it off, the online forums and groups seemed to be operated by robots that asked the same questions over and over and over again.

This would encourage anyone in that situation to leave their career. However, a bit like Hotel California, it’s like I’m not allowed to leave.

Things kept pulling me back into software testing. Slowly, I started doing things that inspired me. One brick at a time I started trying to piece and pull things together to create a better world. I like to emphasise the ‘one brick at a time’ –  it’s taken me 10 years to come to what the Ministry of Testing and Software Testing Club are today. I experimented, often failing and occasionally succeeding  And it seems that you only need to succeed a few times to actually make a positive impact.

Along the way I’ve created a world. A club. A ministry (!) that seeks to change and inspire software testers to do better, greater and smarter work surrounded by a supportive community that they can call their friends.Continue Reading

5 Tips for Regaining Your Motivation as a Tester

The following is a Guest Blog Post by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest. You can follow Joel on Twitter at @joelmonte and PractiTest at @practitest, and we also suggest you visit the QA Intelligence blog.

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Sometimes during our testing careers we reach a spot where we wish we’d be doing something else. These are the times when we look at our work and feel displeased, even frustrated with our jobs and with the tasks that we are doing right now.  

You are not alone!Continue Reading

Product Tester: The last line of defense

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Oftentimes when a bug makes its way from development into a production environment, one big question looms large in everyone’s mind: why didn’t we test this? And if we didn’t test properly, whose fault is it? Most of the blame is placed on the product tester.

What we often fail to consider, and I don’t know why, is that all of the blame does not, and should not, fall on the shoulders of the product tester.

Why not, isn’t that their job?Continue Reading

Browser Testing Made Simple

 

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Disclaimer: since we built one of the best testing tools on the market, this post includes some self promotion.

Why is browser testing important?

The ability to test your application in multiple browsers is as important as it’s ever been, and it’s unlikely that will change anytime soon. If you don’t know how users will interact with your product in all available environments, how can you be confident in its ability to function properly? It’s also likely that we’ll continue to be presented with more and more browser options.

There are many automation tools that allow you to test one browser or another, but most don’t allow you to test different browsers at the same time.

What are we doing about it?

When we first considered developing Tellurium, our automated testing tool, this was one of the top things that we wanted to address. We didn’t want to require users to install different drivers, or even completely different applications, in order to test the many browsers and browser versions. It should just be an option from our existing tool, we thought. One click, choose your browser and your test is off and running.Continue Reading

3 Website QA Considerations

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Transitioning from backend testing to website QA testing? Or maybe you’re used to testing installed desktop or mobile applications, and now need to test web applications as well. There are a number of common things to consider before getting started in web application or website QA testing.

What browser(s) do your customers use?

Some applications are designed for one specific operating system. Websites and web applications, generally speaking, should be accessible from and work with any browser your customers or visitors choose to use for accessing the internet. Unfortunately, not all browsers display the same information in the same way. That means you need to test your website and web applications in all of the different browsers (and browser versions) that you can think of.

Obviously there is a massive pool of browsers and browser versions. Your best bet is to establish which browsers your company officially supports, and make those the focal point of your testing for now.Continue Reading