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Scrum is not Agile! How to make BDD toast with Matt Wynne

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TestTalks – The Cucumber Book

A few weeks ago I had a great time talking with Matt Wynne, the author of one of my favorite testing books ever, The Cucumber Book – Behavior Driven Development for Testers and Developers. I reviewed this book a while back, but after speaking with Matt I thought I’d revisit a few things that are covered in his book and go over some others we talked about in the world of Cucumber, BDD and Agile.

First, let’s make sure we’re talking about Cucumber the tool and not cucumber the vegetable. Some of you may even be asking, “What is Cucumber?”

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Agile Testing – The Dangers of putting off Automation

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More Agile Testing

A few weeks ago on one of my TestTalks podcasts, I interviewed Janet Gregory, co-author of some of the most popular books on Agile Testing:

Janet shared some of her tips and tricks on how teams can succeed with all their Agile testing efforts.

The three points from the interview that I want to focus on in this post are:

  • The Agile Mindset
  • The Agile Testing Quadrants
  • The Dangers of putting off automation

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Test Automation Trends for 2015

Automation Trends

2015 Testing Trends

Well, it’s the beginning of a New Year! Time to set goals and make some New Year’s resolutions.

Around this time of year, I always take a quick pulse of the technology trends that are going on and how they might impact me in the coming year.

This helps me to focus on any gaps in training that I might need to fill in order to be effective at my job, and to keep my skills up-to-date and myself employable.

This is the same process I outlined last year in my post Test Automation Trends for 2014 – How to Keep You Skills Up-to-Date. I decided to make this a yearly post since I’ve gotten a few request asking me to do a 2015 update.

Before we get into which skills to work on this year to make yourself an in- demand test engineer, I want to go over how I did with my 2014 forecast — and make a few new ones for this year.

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Bug Magnet: A Free Exploratory Testing Tool

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Exploratory Testing Free Chrome Helper

I want to quickly share with you a cool little Chrome extension named Bug Magnet that will help you automate some data validation input scenarios that are commonly known to cause issues.

Once you have Bug Magnet installed, you can right click on any field in a Chrome or FireFox browser and choose some of the most common problematic values and edge cases from its Menu option.

This is awesome because it will save you a bunch of time as well as remind you of some of the more common data input issues that are sure to find bugs in your application.

Bug Magnet is also open-source and customizable, so you can download and modify the source code from its GitHub location. For Firefox implementation check out Brian D Goad’s GitHub project.
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Book Review – Soft Skills: The Software Developer’s Life Manual

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John Sonmez: The hardest working man in the dev business

I first learned about John Sonmez when I stumbled onto his excellent PluralSight course on Selenium Test Automation. Since then, I’ve become hooked on all his digital content — his other PluralSight courses, podcasts, blog posts and YouTube videos.

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HP UFT – UFT 11.53 Critical Patch 5 Released

HP QTP, Service Test, LoadRunner Patch

HP UFT Critical Patch Release

Good news for HP UFT 11.53 test engineers, last week HP released patch 5 for UFT 11.53. This patch supersedes the previous UFT_00106 Browser Certification patch for UFT.

What’s new

  • Support for Chrome 39 and 40(beta)
  • Firefox 34 and 35(beta)

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What my Mom Taught me About Life and Software Testing

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What my mom taught me about life and software testing

My mother passed away this week after fighting a progressively debilitating disease for many years.

The past several days have been a time of reflection for me, not only due to the loss of my mom, but because year end is a time when most of us reflect about the year that is ending and beginning planning for the year to come.

My mother taught me many things about life, instilling principles that have made me not only a better person but also a better test automation engineer. As 2014 comes to a close, I’d like to share a few of those things with you.

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TestComplete 10.5 Embraces Open-Source Tools: Two New Features You’re Going to Love

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TestComplete 10.5 Release

A few days ago, SmartBear released TestComplete version 10.5, which includes two new features that will make its users’ Christmas very merry.

I recently interviewed Masha Kozinets, the director of product management for TestComplete, and Jeffrey Martin, a sales engineer. We discussed all the new features in the latest version of TestComplete, so if you want to learn about all the latest updates don’t miss TestTalks episode 32.

The top two new features that really caught my attention were TestComplete’s ability to now integrate with Selenium, and its enhanced support for unit testing.

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Fiddler – Getting Started with Fiddler

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Debugging with Fiddler

This week it was an honor to have on my TestTalks podcast Eric Lawrence, the creator of Fiddler. For those of you that aren’t aware, Fiddler is a tool that allows you to monitor, manipulate and reuse HTTP requests. Fiddler does many things that allow you to debug website issues, and with one of its many extensions you can accomplish even more.

Some things you might want to use Fiddler for:

  • Troubleshooting issues with your web application
  • Security testing
  • Performance evaluations
  • Debugging web traffic from most computers and devices

Let’s take a look at how to install Fiddler and also review some of its keys features. (For more Fiddler awesomeness, be sure to check out my TestTalks interview with Eric in episode 31.)

Let’s install Fiddler and take it for a quick spin.

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BDD – Serenity now! Thucydides is now Serenity

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Thucydides is now Serenity

After using Thucydides for around a year and training multiple teams across our organization, the number one struggle I experienced was getting everyone to pronounce “Thucydides” correctly. Last week I find out that there has been a rebranding effort.

Henceforth, Thucydides will be known as Serenity.

This is a welcome change, because no matter how hard I tried to educate the team, few people could actually pronounce “Thucydides.” In fact, the creator of Thucydides has said that the main reason for the name change was that “primarily, ‘Serenity’ is easier for people to pronounce and remember, so it is easier for people to talk about it.”

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