This is somewhat of a strange post here but it’s something I need to remember how to do and because it was hard to find. So if you’re not into JMeter please move on, there’s nothing to see here!
Tags: JMeter, Oliver, performance testing, tips, tools
Tags: ER, experience report, Meetup, Method, Presenting, Richard, Sydney, test ideas, Test Script
My first formal presentation was tonight. It was a 2 hour talk with a discussion on the topic of ‘Demise of Test Scripts; Rise of Test Ideas’. It was at Atlasssian headquarters, Sydney.
Here is my experience report.
Tags: creativity, Oliver, quality, RBT, risk, Software testing, testing
The immediate reaction of many a tester (especially if she went through some kind formal training) goes a little like this:
Use Risk Based Testing!
I agree but sort of don’t…
Tags: NZ, Oliver, Scripted Testing, testing, UAT
SoftEd wrote a blog post about UAT and how hard it was (here). I gave a longish reply and thought it might be good to re-iterate my thoughts on User Acceptance Testing (UAT) here on the blog.
I think the primary premise of what UAT should be, that we have here in Wellington/New Zealand, is wrong.
Tags: Aaron, Brian, event, experience report, Katrina, KWST, Meetup, Oliver, Test Automation, WeTest
Last week (25.10.2012) the first WeTest Meetup Workshop was held in Wellington. This is a Meetup group that meets loosely bi-monthly and conforms to the same experience report style as KWST, OZWST and LAWST does.
Needless to say the event, instigated by Aaron Hodder, Katrina Edgar and Brian Osman, was quite a success. The topic was “Experiances in Test Automation”. Discussion was lively and there was lots to take home & think about. Read up on the details in these blog posts:
Thanks go to Assurity for helping fund the venue, food and drinks! Also thanks to everyone there for the great participation. The next Workshop will be on the 6th of December. Places are filling up quickly.
Author: Oliver Erlewein
Tags: CDT, IDT, Intent Driven Testing, Oliver, test ideas
Some weeks ago I saw John Hockenberry‘s talk “We are all designers”. It really struck a chord in me. The whole concept of intent and what part it plays in our lives. I’ll quote some parts of what he said:
Design — bad design, there’s just no excuse for it. It’s letting stuff happen without thinking about it. Every object should be about something, John. It should imagine a user. It should cast that user in a story starring the user and the object.
Good design … is about supplying intent.
It’s as though intent is an essential component for humanity. It’s what we’re supposed to do somehow.We’re supposed to act with intent. We’re supposed to do things by design. Intent is a marker for civilization.
An object devoid of intent –it’s random, it’s imitative, it repels us. It’s like a piece of junk mail to be thrown away. This is what we must demand of our lives, of our objects, of our things, of our circumstances: living with intent.
For weeks now there is a blog post of mine unpublished. It is all around the small things that count in testing. But I wasn’t really happy with it. Something was missing or I wasn’t getting the point I was trying to make. Today it dawned on me what was missing. It was the INTENT John talks about above.
Tags: Aaron Hodder, Brian, Katrina Edgar, KWST, Meetup, Software testing, WeTest Workshop
The brain child of Aaron Hodder and Katrina Edgar… and thanks to Richard Robinson and David Greenlees for sharing their experiences on setting up a meet up group for software testers….
For testers in Wellington who are interested in testing discussions with other practitioners.
Monthly workshop events of a similar format to KWST – a presenter introduces a topic to the group, and attendees are then encouraged to discuss, question, challenge, and share ideas on that topic. Participation is expected, so come prepared to contribute!
Meet thinking testers in the Wellington testing community, engage in practical discussion, and eat pizza.
Tags: bbst, James Bach, KWST, kwst2, peer conference, rapid software testing, Richard, richrichnz, richrichrichrichrich, richrob79, rst
The Kiwi Workshop on Software Testing is a dream come true for New Zealand testers. It represents an opportunity for the thought leaders and community-driven testers to gather and share war stories. But it’s so much more than that. James Bach has attended for the 2nd year running which adds the momentum and rich test ideas that gets the minds of the participants revved up.
KWST lets us debate on friendly turf. Through using turn-taking coloured cards, heated testing topics can be fully explored, and talking turns can be controlled. As a facilitator, I thoroughly enjoyed watching heated discussions progress until the deep issues came to the surface.
Tags: James Bach, KWST, testing, Thought leadership
The second KWST or Kiwi Workshop on Software Testing with be held on the 15th and 16th of June 2012, Wellington, New Zealand. KWST is modelled on the LAWST style peer conferences and is the only testing peer conference in New Zealand. There are a number of things that make this conference unique:-
- It is an invite only conference – we are looking for industry thought leaders
- James Bach will again be back as content owner and helping grow the core of professional test leadership in New Zealand
- Some of the brightest, insightful test thinkers down under will be there
- Unlike any other conference held here, this is a CONFERence where ALL participants participate!
- The theme is Ethical challenges faced by testers which is relevant considering the prevalence of dubious practices and certifications in our industry
The twitter hash tag will be KWST2 and we will be tweeting all of the great thoughts and ideas that will flow from this conference. See http://bjosman.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/kwst-kiwi-workshop-on-software-testing/ and http://bjosman.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/kwst-kiwi-workshop-of-software-testing-day-2/ for details of last years event.
Tags: Citrix, experience report, Flash, Scripted Testing, Sikuli, Silverlight, Test Automation, testing, tips, tools
Ever had the scenario in automated testing, that you had something to automate that really didn’t fit any of your tools? Something that was as bristly as an Echidnea?
Normally I try and steer away from anything that doesn’t use standard protocols and/or interfaces. Things like Flash, Silverlight and others. Not that there aren’t test tools that handle these things but it’s just that it’s messy to say the least. For open standards like HTML or SOAP there are gazillions of ways to automate.
So I got surprised by having to test an application on -or should I rather say through- Citrix.