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  • Five Blogs – 8 February 2023

    The (best) five blogs we can read today. Check them out. IT Leaders Reveal Cyber Fears Around ChatGPT Written by: James Coker Mastering the Art of Letting Go Written by: Leo Babauta 25 Examples of Employee Appreciation and Recognition Messages Written by: Lolly Daskal Exploring, Bug Chaining and Causal Models Written by: Jeff Nyman Five Beliefs To Toss Aside To Grow Your Leadership Written by: Terri Klass Extra: Where Can Testers/QEs Use Coaching Skills To Work More Effectively? Written by: Vernon Richards Quote of the day: “I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.” -Elizabeth Gilbert You can follow this page on Twitter

    8.02.2023 | 12:27 קרא עוד...
  • Career decision making – Choosing a pizza that comes with slices missing

    Career decision making – Choosing a pizza that comes with slices missing Stick around and fight or quit ? Why is it worth continuing ? These are quintessential questions, applicable both to professional and personal context How do you decide you next career step ? What decision making model do you apply ? Backstory for this post Having been in independent Testing/QA contracting for ~ 5 years now , what I have found as difficult as finding new clients , is ascertaining – What kind of work should I target next ? ( should I be driven by the next title or should I be purely mission driven?) If there are multiple leads, who and what(kind of work) should I say No to and why ? Initially, I tried computing these decisions through the aid of a venn-diagram (example below), prioritising my decision variables( The Role vs The Benefits vs The Environment) and then comparing the ratings for available opportunities, to take a call in favour of the one that rated highest. An example of a decision making framework that I have followed to take decisions that resulted in tangible work for me What is wrong with such a framework From my experience so far – I Found it useful to take “should I go into this gig?” decisions But not so good for “staying in a gig” decisions “Going into” vs “Leaving” are different modes of thinking, because – Material needs change over time ,as an individual’s family and financial context changes How your perceive your peers/your organisation can change drastically[…]

    7.02.2023 | 4:07 קרא עוד...
  • On the Normalization of Deviance

    Last night, my wife was out on an errand in our car. She parked it, entered the store, and came out again. She tried to start the car. It wouldn’t start. She called home to consult with me. We tried a couple of things over the phone. We considered a couple of possible problems. From what I could tell, the starter motor wasn’t engaging. Not exactly a surprise, because I ... Read more

    7.02.2023 | 1:49 קרא עוד...
  • Revolutionizing Test Engineering with ChatGPT: Exploring the Possibilities of AI in Testing

    Revolutionizing Test Engineering with ChatGPT: Exploring the Possibilities of AI in Testing   The field of test engineering is constantly evolving, with new tools and technologies emerging every day. One such innovation is the use of language models like ChatGPT in test engineering. ChatGPT's ability to generate text based on patterns it has learned from large amounts of training data has the potential to revolutionize the way we approach testing. In this blog post, we will explore the various ways that ChatGPT could impact the craft of test engineering, including its use in generating test cases, improving test coverage, and automating test maintenance. Whether you are a seasoned test engineer or just starting out, this post will give you a glimpse into the exciting possibilities that ChatGPT offers for the future of testing.Here are top 5 examples I use daily in my various freelancing gigs:1. Test generationChatGPT has the capability to generate UI test examples in various programming languages such as Selenium/Java, PlayWright/Python, and Cypress/JS. The generated test cases can be used to verify that a specific website or web page is functioning correctly by searching for a keyword, such as "ChatGPT," and verifying that the website or page is listed in the search results. The examples provided by ChatGPT are designed to be concise, easy to understand, and flexible, allowing developers to quickly and easily create automated UI tests. This capability of ChatGPT can save valuable time and resources for organizations by reducing the need for manual testing and allowing developers to focus on more complex tasks.Prompts:Generate a Selenium/Java, PlayWright/Python, Cypress/JS UI[…]

    7.02.2023 | 8:44 קרא עוד...
  • “Microservices – Refactoring APIs to Patterns” Webinar Recording

    When we’re thinking “refactoring”, we usually focus on the small (and valuable) stuff. Names, method size. And that is important, and we’re talking APIs and microservices. But I think we’re missing out on the bigger patterns – factories and repositories, for example. Especially when we’re talking in the architecture level, these not only help us communicate better. They help us organize the code (and therefore the design) better. In this session, I’m taking an API, and refactor it according to well-known patterns. I explain the reasoning behind them, and also the benefits we gain from the changes, including extensibility and testability. So check it out. And after that, take a look at my “Introduction to Microservices” workshop, where I dive in with even more details. Enjoy! The post “Microservices – Refactoring APIs to Patterns” Webinar Recording first appeared on Everyday Unit Testing.

    7.02.2023 | 4:04 קרא עוד...
  • I’m a Tester, Not an Automation Manager

    Muhammad Saad wrote an interesting scenario on LinkedIn. I will represent it here in italics and comment on it… Imagine yourself on the first day at your job as a tester. You are presented with an application to be tested. It’s an ERP application containing 100s of forms and thousands of reports. You begin your […] The post I’m a Tester, Not an Automation Manager appeared first on Satisfice, Inc..

    7.02.2023 | 2:57 קרא עוד...
  • Definitions of Done, Team Agreements, Ways of Working and Checklists have so much in common

    Definitions of Done, Team Agreements, Ways of Working and Checklists have so much in common Many teams, create a definition of done to clarify what putting a card in the Done column on a scrum or kanban board means. A good number of teams also have team agreements or ‘ways of working’ which define ways in which the teams work. Also, some teams have checklists of items that need to be completed when an action is carried out. These artefacts; a definition of done, team agreements, a ‘ways of working’ document and checklists, are in some ways different but they also have a lot in common: They are all shared within the team. They all facilitate teamwork. They are all ways of sharing knowledge. They are all ways to help the team by, where appropriate, defining what the team regards as the best way of doing something  They all require being reviewed so that the team knows whether they are still relevant. They all are a way of helping the team improve because when the best way of doing a practice has been defined it can be reviewed and improved.  They should all be updated from time to time because if they are not updated they will cease to describe how the team is working. If a definition of done, team agreement, ‘ways of working’ document or checklist have not been updated in a long time you can be sure it is not used and no longer reflects current practice. They can all be shared with other teams to facilitate learning and collaboration between teams.[…]

    7.02.2023 | 1:32 קרא עוד...
  • Five Blogs – 7 February 2023

    The (best) five blogs we can read today. Check them out. Why CISOs Should Care About Brand Impersonation Scam Sites Written by: Ericka Chickowski Coaching Is Observability For Humans Written by: Vernon Richards You’ve “Built Quality In”. Are You Sure About That? Written by: Michael Bolton How Many Roles Can a Software Tester Play Written by: Testbytes “Specialization is for Insects” Written by: Trent Niemeyer Extra: This Is How The Best Leaders Bring Out The Best In Others Written by: Lolly Daskal Quote of the day: “There are some people you’ll never see again. At least, not in the same way.” -Iain Thomas You can follow this page on Twitter

    7.02.2023 | 12:52 קרא עוד...
  • Lessons for testing changemakers in “This Is Marketing” (Seth Godin)

    I recently read This Is Marketing by Seth Godin and found it interesting and well-written, as I’d expected. But I didn’t expect this book to have some worthwhile lessons for testing folks who might be trying to change the way testing is thought about and performed within their teams and organizations. I don’t think I’d previously considered marketing in these terms, but Seth says “If you want to spread your ideas, make an impact, or improve something, you are marketing”. If we’re trying to influence changes in testing, then one of our key skills is marketing the changes we want to make. The following quote from the book (and, no, I didn’t choose this quote simply because it mentions “status quo”!) is revealing: How the status quo got that way The dominant narrative, the market share leader, the policies and procedures that rule the day – they all exist for a reason. They’re good at resisting efforts by insurgents like you. If all it took to upend the status quo was the truth, we would have changed a long time ago. If all we were waiting for was a better idea, a simpler solution, or a more efficient procedure, we would have shifted away from the status quo a year or a decade or a century ago. The status quo doesn’t shift because you’re right. It shifts because the culture changes. And the engine of culture is status. I certainly recognise this in some of my advocacy efforts over the[…]

    6.02.2023 | 11:32 קרא עוד...
  • Five Blogs – 6 February 2023

    The (best) five blogs we can read today. Check them out. API Evolution Is a Challenge. Could Contract Testing Be the Solution? Written by: Xiaoye Wang 3 Most Valuable Skills As A Tester That Are Very Useful Written by: Parveen Khan 10 Important Conversations to Have When Building a High-Performing Team Written by: Lolly Daskal A simple model of testing Written by: Alan Richardson AI: The Magical Helping Hand in Testing Written by: Anand Bagmar Extra: Working As A Quality Coach? Be More Tummler To Improve The Quality Culture of your team Written by: Vernon Richards Quote of the day: “Changes only happen when we go totally against everything we’re used to doing” -Paulo Coelho You can follow this page on Twitter

    6.02.2023 | 1:07 קרא עוד...
  • Women In Tech: A Guide To Putting ChatGPT To Work For You

    Thanks to Beth Clarke’s excellent blog post, I’ve been reading a great book this week. “She’s in CTRL” by Anne-Marie Imafidon talks about how women can and should use tech to change their lives for the better. How approaching existing tech from your perspective might find a use case for it that others aren’t considering. And that got me thinking. In the rush to form our impressions of ChatGPT, have we considered the use cases of women enough? Are there some circumstances which would mean this tool could be help more women at work if they knew about it? *Disclaimer* – the generalisations I make in this post will absolutely not apply to every woman, and by woman I am generally referring to non-man. I have used statistics to back up my assertions where possible and intend to update this as I learn more. Here are a few different ways that I see ChatGPT in particular being put to work to help resolve some common issues experienced by working women, particularly in tech. 1. To Reduce Glue Work In the instantly relatable talk by Tanya Reilly called “Being Glue”(2019), she spoke about an experience which isn’t unique to, but is commonly felt most by, women within a team. If I can gently encourage you to do one thing if you haven’t already, read that blog post. Glue work can be defined as the tasks essential to keep the team moving forward, but for which there isn’t any recognition (at least[…]

    5.02.2023 | 2:33 קרא עוד...
  • A Testing Patina

    A Testing Patina A couple of weeks ago I was wondering what testing patina might look like. What do I mean by patina in this context? I think I'm looking for artefacts and side-effects of work, visible on tools and places of work, that demonstrate something about the length of time, depth, and breadth of work, and ways of working. I'm seeking things that other practitioners could recognise and appreciate as evidence of that work. But, and this is important, the patina is not the work itself.So here's the list of things I've come up with so far:Patina might be visible in an IDE I've been using for a long time through a litter of plug-ins, some for defunct tooling, or obsolete languages, with multiple plug-ins for the same file format, and so on.Patina might be visible at work from my Confluence home page where I collect links to the internal talks and demos I've done. (Top-right in the image at the top, and deliberately obfuscated I'm afraid.)Patina might be visible in a recursive listing of my testing notes directory structure, the dates and titles, the clusters of related work in clumps and distributed over time, and so on. (This is the background in the image.)Patina might be visible in the lengthy blog archive menu right here on Hiccupps. (Top-left.) Patina might be visible in my Git commit history map and other statistics showing that I'm active in loads of repositories within and outside my team, including repos that I created and are now shared[…]

    5.02.2023 | 11:19 קרא עוד...
  • Exploring, Bug Chaining and Causal Models

    Exploring, Bug Chaining and Causal Models Here I’ll go back to a game I talked about previously and show some interesting game bugs, all of which came out of exploration and where the finding of one bug guided exploration to finding others, which led to some causal mapping. Of course, the idea of “bug chaining” and “causal mapping” is certainly valid in any context, not just games. But games can certainly make it a bit more fun! So the game in question here is Elden Ring and this was a game I last talked about in the context of ludonarrative testing. So let me give you some context here in case you’re not familiar with the game When you start up a new game of Elden Ring, your character will immediately run into a boss character called the Grafted Scion. Don’t worry. He’s incredibly friendly. Really. Actually, no. He’ll pretty much kill you outright. And, in fact, that’s the goal of this boss. At the start of a new game (and assuming you aren’t in what’s called New Game Plus or NG+), you really don’t have the stamina, the hit points, the focus points, or the armor in order to engage this guy all that well. You are meant to die to him. It’s way of acclimating players to the idea that you’re going to die. And do so often. However, all this being said, you can beat him. You have to be pretty good at the dynamics of the character you’re playing but it is[…]

    5.02.2023 | 11:13 קרא עוד...
  • The most common mistake in learning

    The most common mistake in learning This morning I caught myself in a mistake.I was reading the Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.Ferriss was explaining how protein at breakfast accelerates fat loss.”I already know this, boring” I thought to myself and started flicking pages forward.Photo by Blaz Photo on UnsplashHave you been in a same situation?That you hear or read an important idea, but instantly think that you already know this thing?Then you impatiently fast forward.The reflex is natural because our brain aims to save energy.Big mistake.There are three questions that help me recalibrate when brain tries to fool me into impatience.Let me share them.Question 1: How deep is your skill with this idea?There’s a difference between knowing something and having a skill.Skill makes the knowledge real.So ask yourself how deep is your skill on a scale of -10 to 10.That goves you information about where you really are.Question 2: How does this skill appear in your daily life?Knowledge is now power, only execution is.Same goes for a skill.Having a skill is different than using it.Hence the important disctinction is this — how is this skill reflected in your daily habits and more importantly your schedule?Question 3: How do your results prove your skill?Bringing an idea into daily routines and schedules is not the only thing that demonstrates skill.Results do that even better.Looking at my morning-weight, I can tell that my results with fat management are not what my brain tried to fool me.So I flicked back to the page where I left off.I read the chapter.Then I went to the kitchen, and mixed a protein smoothie for breakfast.Mistake avoided.—That’s it for todayLet me know what you think.All the best.// Antti from[…]

    5.02.2023 | 5:36 קרא עוד...
  • How to run a (quality) coaching session

    How to run a (quality) coaching session Running a task-based, time-boxed coaching session is a great way to embed concepts and learning into a team.

    4.02.2023 | 7:36 קרא עוד...
  • AI Adventures in Babysitting

    AI Adventures in Babysitting I recently stumbled over an article about Microsoft's chatbot Tay which - after only 24 hours "training" turned into a more than questionable little "monster". The article was the inspiration for this one cartoon.

    4.02.2023 | 8:55 קרא עוד...
  • Five for Friday – February 3, 2023

    My dog decided that 4:30am was time to be awake. Now, she’s asleep again, but I’m still up. Fortunately, Friday’s are on the light side as far as meetings go, so I think I’ll make it. What the fuck, Twitter??? As you know, I think specialists are a bottleneck. So of course, I liked this article on Specialization is for Insects. I had an opportunity to talk with Jeff Martens a few weeks ago, and then came across his good article on his Predictions For the Future of Observability. The honorary co-writer of this post the last few weeks (Molly) shared this link that I keep on sharing. Scaling Kubernetes to 7,500 Nodes This is weird. Scientists Have Built the First Modular Body—a Living Being That Isn’t Alive. Thanks again for reading – see you next week.

    3.02.2023 | 12:47 קרא עוד...
  • Mocking the time: Using Timers in Jest

    Mocking the time: Using Timers in Jest This article will explain how to mock the time in Jest.Continue reading on Geek Culture »

    3.02.2023 | 6:02 קרא עוד...
  • ISTQB Certification: Why do you need it and how to get there?

    ISTQB Certification:  Why do you need it and how to get there? The International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) offers a range of certifications for software testers. The important thing to note is that the CTFL (Certified Tester Foundation Level) certification is the prerequisite that unlocks all other ISTQB certifications. Getting ISTQB certified can have several benefits, so let’s have a look at the situation.Benefits :Validation of knowledge: The ISTQB certification exams test a candidate's knowledge of the software testing process, including test design, test management, and test techniques. By passing the exam, the candidate demonstrates that they have a certain level of knowledge and understanding of software testing. It’s a good way to show that you know the terminology and possessed the required theoretical knowledge of software testing.Career advancement: Many companies require or prefer candidates with ISTQB certification for software testing positions. The certification can help a candidate stand out in a competitive job market and may lead to opportunities for career advancement. A lot of time certifications will be among your defined career goals, as this is the kind of a goal that is easily measurable - you either pass or fail the certification exam when you take it, it’s not open to biases that come from personal interpretations.Professional development: Preparing for and taking the ISTQB certification exams can help software testers improve their knowledge and skills. Additionally, the certification can provide motivation to stay current with the testing trends and methodologies. This part is especially important for testers working for larger enterprises, where testing is approached in a more[…]

    3.02.2023 | 4:43 קרא עוד...
  • Five Blogs – 3 February 2023

    The (best) five blogs we can read today. Check them out. What Happens When During a Sprint Written by: Mike Cohn 5 Pieces Of Advice I Would Give Myself At The Start Of My Career To Achieve Greater Success And Save Time Written by: Vernon Richards Test Tools Written by: Michael Bolton 4 Signs Your Industry Is Being Disrupted Written by: Greg Satell Should Test Automation “Just Handle It”? Written by: Paul Grizzaffi Quote of the day: “But why, why, why can’t people just say what they mean?” -Graeme Simsion You can follow this page on Twitter

    3.02.2023 | 12:25 קרא עוד...
 

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  • Five Blogs – 8 February 2023

    The (best) five blogs we can read today. Check them out. IT Leaders Reveal Cyber Fears Around ChatGPT Written by: James Coker Mastering the Art of Letting Go Written by: Leo Babauta 25 Examples of Employee Appreciation and Recognition Messages Written by: Lolly Daskal Exploring, Bug Chaining and Causal Models Written by: Jeff Nyman Five Beliefs To Toss Aside To Grow Your Leadership Written by: Terri Klass Extra: Where Can Testers/QEs Use Coaching Skills To Work More Effectively? Written by: Vernon Richards Quote of the day: “I’m choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.” -Elizabeth Gilbert You can follow this page on Twitter

    8.02.2023 | 12:27 קרא עוד...
  • Career decision making – Choosing a pizza that comes with slices missing

    Career decision making – Choosing a pizza that comes with slices missing Stick around and fight or quit ? Why is it worth continuing ? These are quintessential questions, applicable both to professional and personal context How do you decide you next career step ? What decision making model do you apply ? Backstory for this post Having been in independent Testing/QA contracting for ~ 5 years now , what I have found as difficult as finding new clients , is ascertaining – What kind of work should I target next ? ( should I be driven by the next title or should I be purely mission driven?) If there are multiple leads, who and what(kind of work) should I say No to and why ? Initially, I tried computing these decisions through the aid of a venn-diagram (example below), prioritising my decision variables( The Role vs The Benefits vs The Environment) and then comparing the ratings for available opportunities, to take a call in favour of the one that rated highest. An example of a decision making framework that I have followed to take decisions that resulted in tangible work for me What is wrong with such a framework From my experience so far – I Found it useful to take “should I go into this gig?” decisions But not so good for “staying in a gig” decisions “Going into” vs “Leaving” are different modes of thinking, because – Material needs change over time ,as an individual’s family and financial context changes How your perceive your peers/your organisation can change drastically[…]

    7.02.2023 | 4:07 קרא עוד...
  • On the Normalization of Deviance

    Last night, my wife was out on an errand in our car. She parked it, entered the store, and came out again. She tried to start the car. It wouldn’t start. She called home to consult with me. We tried a couple of things over the phone. We considered a couple of possible problems. From what I could tell, the starter motor wasn’t engaging. Not exactly a surprise, because I ... Read more

    7.02.2023 | 1:49 קרא עוד...

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