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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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Unexpected Consequences of becoming a “Technical Tester”

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I want to talk about an experience that has got me thinking in alot more depth about my profession. In my last sprint, I had a story to develop a solution to performance test our system’s midtier. It was late in the day. It was late in the sprint. I had just finished a complex part of my Gatling script. I needed to write a few lambda equations. These would facilitate…

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Software Testing – “It’s just so DULL”

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I recently wrote this blog post on Why Testing is Harder Than Development. The response that I got to it wasn’t quite what I expected. I had anticipated the points in the post being contested, particularly by developers. The general consensus I got though was one of agreement, which is nice I suppose! One comment that I got, from a talented developer friend, struck a cord with me though. Software Testing…

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8 Reasons why Software Testing is Harder than Development

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This is likely to be a controversial topic, and it’s honestly a bit tongue in cheek, but the thought has occurred to me more than once recently. I figured that it would make for an interesting blog post and some interesting discussion.  I think that, in the modern Software Development world, Testing is harder than Development. If you had said this to me 10 years ago, I would have thought…

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Finding the Balance Between Unit & Functional Tests

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In my previous blog post I wanted to set the scene for this post on finding the balance between Unit and Functional tests. In that post we discussed the evolution of the Testing Pyramid and concluded that because it is only a model, we don’t have to strictly accept that we should always have more Unit tests than Functional tests. It’s about much more than just looking at the quantity of tests…

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Goal & Objective Setting for a QA Performance Review / Appraisal

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I have been in my current job for around 5 months now. It is a relatively large multi-national company (around 6k employees), and anyone who has worked in this sort of environment will know that it is almost universally required for employees to have some personal objectives set for a performance review or appraisal that typically occurs every 6 or 12 months. Having these objectives in place (and meeting them,…

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