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Branching out my Blog – Starting a Software Testing Business

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My Dilema I have made the decision to expand the content of this blog somewhat. I wanted to write a short post to explain what I plan to do, and my thinking behind it. Over the past few months I have published some software testing blogs that I have been pretty happy with. They have had quite a lot of shares / views, more than I expected. They prompted some interesting discussion….

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8 Key Insights from Running a Technical Workshop

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Last week I was in Prague, running my first ever technical workshop. It was on the stress testing tool Gatling. You can read about my thoughts just before delivering the workshop in this blog post. In this post I am going to highlight 8 insights that I gained from creating and delivering this workshop. Let me start by saying that as a little as a year ago, this is not…

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Running My First Ever Technical Workshop – The Night Before

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Overview of the Workshop This post might not contain any particularly useful content. It’s midnight in Prague, tomorrow I am running my first ever technical workshop. I want to write a post about the workshop, particularly outlying the things that are concerning me. If I don’t write this post tonight, it will be too late. The workshop is a half-day (4 hour) workshop on Gatling, the Scala based stress testing tool. I…

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The Evolution of the Testing Pyramid

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At work I was recently tasked with leading a case study that would explore the differences between Unit testing and Functional Testing, with the overall aim being to determine if we should be focusing on one over the other, perhaps even exclusively. I figured that since I was going to be doing this work, it would be a good opportunity to write a blog post or two on the subject….

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Introduction to DevOps – Part 2: Pain & Waste

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In my previous blog post on DevOps I gave an introduction and an overview of what I believe DevOps to be. To delve deeper into the subject, in this post I am going to talk about two primary reasons that an organisation would consider switching to a Dev Ops approach – Pain and Waste. What do I mean when I am talking about pain in an organisation? I mean the pain…

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The life of an IT Consultant – Surviving the first day(s) on client site

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I recently took a new job as a Technical Testing Consultant, after spending the last couple of years just working for a single company. In a break from my usual technical blog posts, I thought that it would be good to do a series of posts on what life is like working as an IT Consultant. This post will be my thoughts on how to survive the first few days…

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