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2017 State of Testing Survey needs 10 minutes of your time

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2017 State of Testing Survey organized by QA Intelligence Blog in collaboration with TeaTime With Testers has been launched this month and will end in a week’s time. We strongly encourage you to take part in the largest worldwide testing survey. More details about the survey can be found here: http://qablog.practitest.com/state-of-testing/

The results have always been enlightening. Details about the last year’s survey and the survey report can be found here: http://qablog.practitest.com/state-of-testing-2016/

It takes less than ten minutes to fill the survey. Check it out and help the testing community at large.

Test Talks: Automation Awesomeness: Test Automation Using Sahi with Narayan Raman

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Our CEO Mr. Narayan Raman was featured on Joe Colantonio’s Test Talks. Listen to the Test Talk to discover why Sahi Pro might be the right choice and the parameters to consider while choosing a test automation tool, apart from other insights on Sahi Pro and Sahi Open Source.

135: Test Automation Using Sahi with Narayan Raman

Quotes & Insights from this Test Talk

  • Created Sahi After Attempt at Agile Needed something more lightweight and easier to use. Developers and browsers were moving too fast
  • Very tester-focused, an effort to make it easier for a nyone to automate applications. Many testers are not programmers, and Sahi helps them understand the basics. Most testing code is procedural; you take steps and you verify results. Sahi helps to keep it simple! Organize functions into the right files Make sure you’re calling the right parameters
  • This tool is good for both testers and developers. Developers write the application as it should function; the automation team and the tester team should be able to work with a working application, and be able to automate it; they should no thave anything extra done for that automation. If the tool requires more, there’s going to be pushback from developers. The end tester should know about only the actions he performs on the
  • Example: “Recording a sequence for playback is considered a tricky task on most web applications,” but this was fairly successful. Helped testers to quickly automate the app and script it took tester through 30% or 40% of initial automation phase. After that, you should be refactoring the code into functions and have reusable libraries
  • Sahi’s Recorder, and being able to work more closely with the browser, helped make the testing process faster. Record and Playback records image in Javascript. There’s also a Java Recorder
    Sahi vs Selenium (both came out around the same time)
    * Premises
    – “ Selenium was built on the premise that the developer himself would also write every test for everything that he builds; he has full control over the application that he’s testing.”
    – In Sahi, the end tester does not need to know too much about the app. If there is something he needs to automate, he does not need to go back to the developer all the time.
    – Operations
    – Selenium uses XPath, CSS Selectors, Waits, etc
    – Sahi handles a lot of complexity internally
    – enters Javascript into web page
    – Hooks into XMLHTTPRequestObject, and wait until AJAX activity
    has subsided on the page before proceeding to execute a step
    – Eliminates need for implicit or explicit waits
    – “Any element of interest to automation will always have something by
    which it can be identified, even if it doesn’t have an ID…Depending on the
    kind of element, we have a sequence of attributes by which we try to
    identify that element… the code automatically iterates to the frame and
    finds the element.”
    – “XPath is a strict no-no in Sahi.”
    – Does not rely on structure of HTML page to ID elements
    – Makes elements more stable
    – Sahi is similar to Selenium IDE, but it will work on any browser
    – Recorder will carry over between browsers, as well
    – Finds most useful attribute value during recording phase, and stores that one only
    – Eventually, triggers will come from a continuous integration system
  • Sahi Pro ( www.sahipro.com )
    – Adds enterprise features to Sahi
    – Better for bigger organizations with larger suites
    – Helps test automation team focus on the automation itself
    – Distribution across multiple machines
    – Test suite executed across all machines
    – Pull reports and generate one consolidated report
    – Can be stored in a database
    – Puts system reports in database
    – Reports are more varied and configurable
    – Historic overview available for test suite
    – Can analyze trends and patterns
    – Log reports
    – Screenshots
  • When choosing tools or trying to automate, think what is important for the business, and not what is important for a resume review. What adds the most business value is what is going to take you higher in your organization, and also is going to help the business that you’re actually employed with.

Feel free to request a demo and check out if your automation challenges can be solved using Sahi Pro.

Know your TestBash Speakers: Elizabeth Zagroba

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This series of blog posts is an attempt to introduce you to some of the TestBash Philadelphia 2016 speakers and ask them few questions related to the talk/work. Our previous speakers interviews can be read here: Alan Page, Maaret Pyhäjärvi, Dan Ashby and Stephen JanawayNancy Kelln and Angie Jones.

Today, we introduce you to Elizabeth Zagroba. For those who have not heard of Elizabeth, here is a brief introduction about her from the speakers page at TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Elizabeth Zagroba is a context-driven software tester at Huge in Brooklyn. She’s tested innovative user interfaces for iOS and Android apps, responsive websites, content management systems, and streaming and on-demand audio. Before Huge, Elizabeth worked on the digital team at a public radio station in Manhattan.

Her session is titled: Succeeding as an Introvert

Sahi Pro: When do introverts give their best?
Elizabeth:
Introverts give their best when they have time on their own to prepare. Introverts process information more deeply and make more connections, but that can take longer. Brainstorming sessions, meetings without an agenda, or putting people on the spot won’t get the best out of an introvert.

Sahi Pro: What are few misconceptions about introverts?
Elizabeth: 
I think the biggest misconception about introverts is that they’re just shy. Shyness is a social anxiety that stops people from doing the things they want to do: chairing the committee, speaking up. Introverts don’t want to be doing those things in the first place. I think introverts can also be seen as boring or not knowing how to have fun. Introverts recharge when they’re alone, so they might be less eager to go out for lunch or a drink after work.

Sahi Pro: “Innovative user interfaces for iOS and Android apps”, Sounds interesting, tell us more.
Elizabeth: 
I love working on projects where the expected behavior is unknown. I worked on the Radiolab app at New York Public Radio. The show is an immersive sound and psychological experience, so we tried to mirror that in the app. The navigation travelled from a room, to a field outside, and up into space, with stops along the way for different pieces of information and Easter eggs. At Huge, I worked on an app for EA Sports that took a 3D scan of your face so you could play alongside your favorite basketball players in the NBA Live 2016 video game. With the camera activated, you held your phone in place and turned your head from side to side. In both apps, the onboarding and coaching was the most important part. We wanted people to use their devices in ways they weren’t expecting. I enjoyed figuring out what people assumed and finding ways to reorient them.

Thank you for your time, Elizabeth Zagroba. We appreciate your contribution to the software community and best wishes to you and the conference.

Hope everyone has a good time, listening to Elizabeth speak on “Succeeding as an Introvert” session. Do tweet and blog about the conference and share the learning with the software community.

About Sahi Pro:
We  are one of the micro sponsors of TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Sahi Pro, the flagship product of Tyto Software, is a simple yet powerful test automation tool that enables Quality Assurance and Testing teams achieve high efficiency and productivity in their test automation
process. Features like multi browser support, good recorder, automatic waits, inbuilt frameworks, and automatic reporting reduce the team’s effort and technical expertise required, ensuring faster delivery cycles, especially in Agile environments. Over 400 enterprise customers across diverse industry verticals like Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, IT Services, IT Products, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Telecom and Government are achieving high ROI with Sahi Pro.

Visit sahipro.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Know your TestBash Speakers: Angie Jones

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This series of blog posts is an attempt to introduce you to some of the TestBash Philadelphia 2016 speakers and ask them few questions related to the talk/work. Our previous speakers interviews can be read here: Alan Page, Maaret Pyhäjärvi, Dan Ashby and Stephen Janaway and Nancy Kelln.

Today, we introduce you to Angie Jones. For those who have not heard of Angie, here is a brief introduction about her from the speakers page at TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Angie Jones is a Consulting Automation Engineer at LexisNexis. Angie advises several scrum teams on QA Automation strategies and best practices and has developed automation frameworks for countless software products. Angie is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 20 patented inventions in the US and China. Angie is also an Adjunct Instructor of Computer Programming at Durham Technical Community College. Angie is a strong advocate for diversity in Technology and volunteers with organizations who champion this cause such as TechGirlz and Black Girls Code. She can be found on Twitter at @techgirl1908.

Her session is titled: How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done

Sahi Pro: How do you use automation to assist testing activities?
Angie Jones: 
As quality initiatives are shifting left, long extensive regression testing periods are a thing of the past. I automate scenarios so that not only are they covered during scheduled regression testing windows, but they are also run on a continuous basis – every time there is a development change in the code. This frees testers up to focus on new tests, exploration, and more complex user journeys. It also gives developers fast feedback about the state of the system after the deployment of their changes.

Sahi Pro: What kind of problems do you face trying to automate the regression tests in organizations?
Angie Jones: 
The biggest challenge is probably not the coding itself, but educating and convincing others of what the purpose of automation is. It’s very typical for managers and executives to want to automate everything. I don’t feel this is the right approach. One reason is because the return on investment (ROI) is not always great enough to warrant automation of every single scenario. A lot of times, businesses get caught up on numbers instead of focusing on ensuring their teams are automating the right things.

Sahi Pro: What is your first question to anyone who wants to use automation in their organization?
Angie Jones: 
Who will lead your automation strategy? This is so very critical, as it often determines whether an automation effort will succeed or fail.
Sometimes managers or executives try to lay the entire strategy out themselves with a very basic high-level understanding of automation. They then hire people to implement their flawed strategy, ultimately resulting in a flawed solution that is destined to fail.
Fortunately, I have only encountered a few organizations like that. But many managers, still try to work with what they have, so they entrust a developer or a tester to lead the automation strategy. This also is not ideal, as the developer may lack the testing mindset and in-depth knowledge of practical automation practices; and the tester may lack the technical skills to be able to architect a sustainable automation solution.
I encourage organizations to invest in an automation engineer – someone who is a hybrid of developer and tester and who has experience in building automation solutions. Sometimes, an org lucks up and has a manager, developer, or tester who either used to be an automation engineer, or currently studies the craft very closely. In cases like those, these people can definitely be successful in leading the strategy.

Thank you for your time, Angie Jones. We appreciate your contribution to the software community and best wishes to you and the conference.

Hope everyone has a good time, listening to Angie speak on “How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done” session. Do tweet and blog about the conference and share the learning with the software community.

About Sahi Pro:
We  are one of the micro sponsors of TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Sahi Pro, the flagship product of Tyto Software, is a simple yet powerful test automation tool that enables Quality Assurance and Testing teams achieve high efficiency and productivity in their test automation
process. Features like multi browser support, good recorder, automatic waits, inbuilt frameworks, and automatic reporting reduce the team’s effort and technical expertise required, ensuring faster delivery cycles, especially in Agile environments. Over 400 enterprise customers across diverse industry verticals like Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, IT Services, IT Products, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Telecom and Government are achieving high ROI with Sahi Pro.

Visit sahipro.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Know your TestBash Speakers: Nancy Kelln

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This series of blog posts is an attempt to introduce you to some of the TestBash Philadelphia 2016 speakers and ask them few questions related to the talk/work. Our previous speakers interviews can be read here: Alan Page, Maaret Pyhäjärvi, Dan Ashby and Stephen Janaway.

Today, we introduce you to Nancy Kelln. For those who have not heard of Nancy, here is a brief introduction about them from the speakers page at TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Test Manager at FGL Sports Ltd. with 16 years of diverse IT experience, Nancy enjoys working with teams that are implementing or enhancing their testing practices and provides adaptive testing approaches to both exploratory and traditional testing teams. She has coached test teams in various environments and facilitated numerous local and international workshops and presentations. From small scale to multi-million dollar projects; Nancy has played many roles within testing including Project Test Manager, Test Manager, Test Lead and Tester. A co-founder of POST, Nancy is an active member of the Calgary Software Quality Discussion Group, Association for Software Testing, and the Software Test Professionals organization. Nancy and her family live in Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. Connect with Nancy on Twitter @nkelln.

Her session is titled: What the Hell Kind of Testing is That?

Sahi Pro: What is the biggest resistance when you try to implement ET (Exploratory Testing) in most of the organizations?
Nancy: 
The biggest resistance when implementing ET in organizations has been gaining alignment and dealing with other people’s fear. Organizations will say they want change. The leaders, and
managers and employees will all nod their heads and wholeheartedly agree that ‘change needs to happen’ and some will even go out and start making that change. But even with agreement,
many organizations and the people within them fear change. Even though they see things are broken and need changing they fear the unknown that change can bring. They worry that things
will get worse (before they get better) and that their current ways of coping with the broken aspects of the system will no longer work, leaving them with more problems, roadblocks or delays that they no longer the means to deal with.

Sahi Pro: How did the community respond to your tweet to chat about the challenges in implementing ET?
Nancy: 
Testers LOVE to talk about testing. I received an amazing number of responses from my twitter request. It gave me some great ideas to include for the TestBash session as well as fueled my fire for a workshop on Implementing ET in Organizations that I am currently putting together.

SahiPro: Any organizations that you admire for how they approach testing?
Nancy:
I don’t believe organizations drive testing so there isn’t an organization I would say I admire. What I do admire are the testers who are advocating for testing in their organization. The ones that are passionate about testing and have proclaimed that testing is their career. The ones that are mentoring others in their companies, either formally or informally, about good testing practices. The ones who aren’t afraid to try something new, push the envelop and raise the bar with their own testing and assist others in doing the same. The ones blogging and speaking and challenging testing ideas while bringing new ideas for others to consider. These are the people that drive the testing direction for organizations and change the way organizations implement testing.

Thank you for your time, Nancy. We appreciate your contribution to the software community and best wishes to you and the conference.

Hope everyone has a good time, listening to Nancy speak on “What the Hell Kind of Testing is That?” session. Do tweet and blog about the conference and share the learning with the software community.

About Sahi Pro:
We  are one of the micro sponsors of TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Sahi Pro, the flagship product of Tyto Software, is a simple yet powerful test automation tool that enables Quality Assurance and Testing teams achieve high efficiency and productivity in their test automation
process. Features like multi browser support, good recorder, automatic waits, inbuilt frameworks, and automatic reporting reduce the team’s effort and technical expertise required, ensuring faster delivery cycles, especially in Agile environments. Over 400 enterprise customers across diverse industry verticals like Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, IT Services, IT Products, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Telecom and Government are achieving high ROI with Sahi Pro.

Visit sahipro.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Know your TestBash Speakers: Dan Ashby and Stephen Janaway

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This series of blog posts is an attempt to introduce you to some of the TestBash Philadelphia 2016 speakers and ask them few questions related to the talk/work. Our previous speakers interviews can be read here: Alan Page and Maaret Pyhäjärvi.

Today, we introduce you to Dan Ashby and Stephen Janaway. For those who have not heard of Dan and Stephen, here is a brief introduction about them from the speakers page at TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Dan Ashby has been a Software Tester for almost a decade now, testing a wide range of products from PC drivers, to printer software/hardware/firmware, to web apps and websites of all different sizes. He has a passion for Exploratory Testing with a focus on testing web-based applications and web sites. Find him on Twitter at @danashby04.

Stephen is a mobile and e-commerce Coach, Strategist and Manager. Over the last 15 years he’s worked for companies such as Nokia. Ericsson, Motorola and the YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP, as well as advising a number of mobile application companies on testing and delivery strategies. He has written and presented many times about testing, frequently with a focus on mobile devices and mobile applications. Stephen loves talking to others about software testing, test techniques and the mobile device and application world in general. You can contact him via his website (www.stephenjanaway.co.uk) or on Twitter (@stephenjanaway).

Their session is titled: Giving Something Back ­- Testing In The Pub ­ Live! 

Sahi Pro: Congratulations on 25+ podcasts. What has been your biggest learning?
Dan & Stephen: 
Thanks 🙂 We’re at number 37 now – it’s been a great learning exercise. The biggest thing that we’ve learnt from doing the podcast is that you can start something small and let it grow organically. Testing In The Pub started because we used to work in the same company and would sit and talk about testing over a cup of tea. One day we thought “why not record this?”; I’d been listen to A/B Testing a fair bit which Alan Page and Brent Jensen do a great job on and so it seemed logical. By starting small then we had the opportunity to do something that was simple and less time consuming to experiment with. It’s also been great to discover that lots of people want to be a part of the podcast and indicative of the open and welcoming nature of the software testing community.

Sahi Pro: How do you decide on whom to have in the next podcast?
Dan & Stephen:
It depends on a number of factors. We have some people that we plan to record with, and therefore need to organise sessions with, particularly if they are well known and busy. In other cases it’s dependant on where we are – we record at a lot at conferences and find that we can get some great discussions going simply by seeing who’s around in the bar or at the breaks. It’s fair to say that there’s no grand plan and that’s how it should be since it allows us to record episodes that react to the current thinking in the community.

Sahi Pro: What motivates you to contribute to the community considering that releasing a podcast regularly is not an easy task.
Dan & Stephen:
Communities die if people don’t contribute to them and we both feel really strongly that if one takes from the community then there’s an obligation to give something back. We’ve both learnt a lot from the testing community and continue to do so, and we’ve had a lot of fun as we do, so it would not be right to just take. Testing In The Pub is one example, together with the speaking we both do at conferences and also the Software Testing Clinic that Dan helps runs in London. Also doing Testing In The Pub is a whole lot of fun; it does take time to do but if one is enjoying something then it’s usually worth doing in my experience. 

TESTING IN THE PUB – YOUR REGULAR PODCAST ALL ABOUT SOFTWARE TESTING
Listen to Steve and Dan talk about topics of interest, and sometimes interview leading members of the software testing community too.
You can subscribe via RSS or iTunes, or stream or download directly from this site.

Thank you for your time, Dan and Stephen. We appreciate your contribution to the software community and best wishes to you and the conference.

Hope everyone has a good time, listening to them engage you with “LIVE Testing In the Pub” session. Do tweet and blog about the conference and share the learning with the software community.

About Sahi Pro:
We  are one of the micro sponsors of TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Sahi Pro, the flagship product of Tyto Software, is a simple yet powerful test automation tool that enables Quality Assurance and Testing teams achieve high efficiency and productivity in their test automation
process. Features like multi browser support, good recorder, automatic waits, inbuilt frameworks, and automatic reporting reduce the team’s effort and technical expertise required, ensuring faster delivery cycles, especially in Agile environments. Over 400 enterprise customers across diverse industry verticals like Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, IT Services, IT Products, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Telecom and Government are achieving high ROI with Sahi Pro.

Visit sahipro.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

DevOps East Conference: Win yourself discounted tickets!!!

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We at Tyto Software (the creators of Sahi Pro) love conferences and contests. Our evangelist is presenting a talk on “Automation in Testing” at the Agile Testing and Test Automation Summit, Bangalore.
We are also the silver sponsors of DevOps East Conference to be held this November 13-18 at Orlando, FL.
You can read more about the conference here. We have got discount codes as part of the sponsorship package. We can also nominate two people to register at discounted rates (which is really cool).

We have come up with a contest to select the two winners who can register at discounted rates.
Every contest participant will receive the discount code (worth $200).

More details about the contest below.

    1. The contest is for only three days October 21 – October 23, 2016.
    2. You need to describe the features of Sahi Pro to the world. It could be a blog post, a YouTube video, a Facebook post or anything that would help anyone understand the features of Sahi Pro. Be creative and take on the role of Sahi Pro Evangelist for these three days.
    3. Share it with us and on social media. The post with the highest shares/likes/retweets by Oct 23,
      6 PM IST
      will be declared as the winner.

We can clearly identify whose post is liked by real people and who has used bots. Judges decision is final.

Any questions, feel free to shoot an email to AJAY[AT]SAHIPRO[DOT]COM with the subject line –
“DevOps – Sahi Pro Contest”

Useful links:

Conference Website: https://devopseast.techwell.com/
Sahi Pro Website: www.sahipro.com
Sahi Pro Documentation: www.sahipro.com/docs

All the participants of this contest will receive a discount code worth $200.

Two winners can register for the Conference and/or Tutorials and/or Leadership Summit at following discounted rates.
> CONFERENCE DELEGATE $ 997.50 $1995
> CONFERENCE DELEGATE WITH 1 TUTORIAL $ 1,197.50 $2395
> CONFERENCE DELEGATE WITH 2 TUTORIALS $ 1,397.50 $2795
> LEADERSHIP SUMMIT $500 $795

Good luck with the contest. Looking forward to receiving your entries at AJAY[AT]SAHIPRO[DOT]COM

Know your TestBash Speakers: Maaret Pyhäjärvi

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This series of blog posts is an attempt to introduce you to some of the TestBash Philadelphia 2016 speakers and ask them few questions related to the talk/work. Our first speaker was Alan Page. You can read the blog post here.

Today, we introduce you to Maaret Pyhäjärvi. For those who have not heard of Maaret, here is a brief introduction about her from the speakers page at TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi is a software professional with testing emphasis. Her day job is working with a small software product development team as a hands-on testing specialist, doing continuous delivery with limited test automation. On the side, she teaches exploratory testing and makes a point of adding new, relevant feedback for test-automation heavy projects through skilled exploratory testing. In addition to being a tester and a teacher, she is a serial volunteer for different non-profits driving forward the state of software development. She blogs regularly at http://visible-quality.blogspot.fi and is the author of Mob Programming Guidebook.

Her talk is titled: A Mob Testing Experience

Sahi Pro: How did this idea of mob testing strike you?
Maaret Pyhäjärvi: I heard about mob programming at a conference from Woody Zuill, the discoverer of mob programming. It sounded both ridiculous and interesting, and my team was struggling with collaboration. So we started mob programming together. I paid particular attention to the testing aspects, being worried that the mob and code focus would make me less of a tester, but soon realized it enabled me to fix things from half-a-sentence without developer ego in play, and guide the whole team to understand what it is that I do when I explore an application.

Encouraged by the small successes with my team, I started experimenting with testers in the community, specifically on mob exploratory testing. I had sessions in open space conferences, and learned to facilitate better. And, realized that the connection of participants and my ability to teach in this format really made it a great way of teaching and learning of exploratory testing. Later I also started test automation in mob format, with same results. It’s fun and reveals a lot of the silent knowledge we have that we use to do great testing. No theory tops a hands-on learning experience.

Sahi Pro: What were the initial challenges faced when trying this idea on teams?
Maaret Pyhäjärvi: 
10 people working on one computer sounds like waste – that is the 1st thing to address. We talked about it as an investment to learning, and time boxed it to two hours a week. Keeping it with a learning focus lowers the bar. I still have not gone to the full-time mob experience some companies report on where all their work is done as a group on one computer. We needed to learn to understand that it isn’t about getting the most out everyone, but it’s about getting the best out of everyone into the work we do. With on-time corrections, we could avoid a lot of rework, and saying something relevant just once to fix an error about to happen was valuable.

For me as a tester, the initial challenge was also to overcome my fears. I would be exposed on my lack of interest and practice with the code writing part, and 9 developers could walk over me any time. And some of them were not very nice when working in pairs. I guess the developers felt the same but for different reasons. But it turned out to be a very safe environment to learn together.

Sahi Pro: Any pre-requisites before trying out a similar session at work?
Maaret Pyhäjärvi: Look at the basic dynamics of a practice mob. The first thing to learn is to communicate, so that when you have an idea, you are speaking about it and someone else is on the keyboard. Also, we need to first learn all to share in this format, and having a role of a designated navigator is a great beginning practice to make sure everyone takes their turn on both driver and navigator roles.

It can be a good idea for someone to just step out of the mob and facilitate. Just remind on rules, roles and rotation, and make sure the group retrospects after the experience.

Thank you for your time, Maaret. We appreciate your contribution to the software community and best wishes to you and the conference.

Hope everyone has a good time, listening to Maaret engage you with “A Mob Testing Experience”. Do tweet and blog about the conference and share the learning with the software community.

About Sahi Pro:
We  are one of the micro sponsors of TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Sahi Pro, the flagship product of Tyto Software, is a simple yet powerful test automation tool that enables Quality Assurance and Testing teams achieve high efficiency and productivity in their test automation
process. Features like multi browser support, good recorder, automatic waits, inbuilt frameworks, and automatic reporting reduce the team’s effort and technical expertise required, ensuring faster delivery cycles, especially in Agile environments. Over 400 enterprise customers across diverse industry verticals like Banking and Financial Services, Healthcare, IT Services, IT Products, Retail, Media & Entertainment, Telecom and Government are achieving high ROI with Sahi Pro.

Visit sahipro.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn

Watch this space to know about our next TestBash speaker… Any guesses? 🙂

Know your TestBash Speakers: Alan Page

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In most of the conferences, you attend the talks by various speakers and then wonder why did you attend some of those talks. At the same time, you also like few speakers and go – “Wow, I think our interests match. Let me have a chat.” This series of blog posts is an attempt to introduce you to some of the TestBash Philadelphia 2016 speakers and ask them few questions related to the talk/work.

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Today, we introduce you to Alan Page. For those who have not heard of Alan, here is a brief introduction about him from the speakers page at TestBash Philadelphia 2016.

Alan Page has been building and testing software for nearly 25 years. He was the lead author on the book How We Test Software at Microsoft, contributed chapters for Beautiful Testing and Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation , and recently published a collection of essays on test automation in The A Word. He also writes about a variety of software engineering subjects on his blog at http://angryweasel.com/blog.

Alan joined Microsoft as a member of the Windows 95 team, and since then has worked on a variety of Windows releases, early versions of Internet Explorer; Office Lync and Xbox One. Alan also served for two years as Microsoft’s Director of Test Excellence. Currently, he’s working on a brand new collaboration application for Microsoft.

His talk is titled: Testing without Testers (and other dumb ideas that sometimes work)

Sahi Pro: Many testers are scared about losing their jobs. What would be your advice to them?
Alan Page: If you are a tester who purely executes functional tests and does little else, you should probably be very worried about losing your job. That kind of testing just isn’t useful or efficient anymore.

However – if you’re a tester who can provide value to the product by finding holes and identifying risk; and you are a tester who can take on testing or quality related (e.g. reporting / data analysis, analysis tools, build / deployment, or other tooling), you will have a long career in software engineering.

Testing is certainly changing, but it’s not quite dead yet. As long as you love to learn and aren’t afraid of taking on new challenges, there’s no reason to be scared.

Sahi Pro: How would you define quality?
Alan Page: 
I’m a fan of the Weinberg definition, but I think it’s over-used these days, so I’ll paraphrase it and dance around it a bit so it doesn’t seem quite so redundant.

To me, quality is the engagement, connection, and use I get from a product. It’s personal – what’s quality to me, may not be quality for you. I have quality knives at home – they are easy to use, I feel comfortable using them, and I miss them if I’m using knives elsewhere. My knives are nice, but they may not provide enough use for you to consider them quality knives.

In software, quality comes from the same criteria. The software I consider to be quality software is software that I use frequently; software that is easy for me to use; and software where I don’t get frustrated – even if there are bugs. As a counter-example, consider that it’s certainly possible to have bug free software that has no value to users – I, for one, would never consider that to be quality software.

Sahi Pro: Congratulations on the 40+ episodes of AB Testing. What was the motivation behind starting this podcast series?
Alan Page:
 Brent and I have known each other for many years. We used to connect every week or so as part of a group of senior testers spanning Microsoft. A small group of us would get together in sort of a lean coffee style every week or two and talk about what was going on in our parts of Microsoft. Brent and I always had a good banter, and we used to threaten to start a podcast so everyone could hear us talk about software.

Eventually, we took the threat public and started the AB Podcast. I can’t believe we’re approaching episode 50 already, but we enjoy doing the podcast, and are both surprised and ecstatic that we have so many listeners.

Podcast link: http://angryweasel.com/.ABTesting
Blog: http://angryweasel.com

Thank you for your time, Alan. We appreciate your contribution to the software community and best wishes to you and the conference.

Hope everyone has a good time, listening to Alan speak about “Testing without Testers (and other dumb ideas that sometimes work)”. Do tweet and blog about the conference and share the learning with the software community.

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Watch this space to know about our next TestBash speaker… Any guesses? 🙂

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two (this might increase soon) conferences this year.
We love to interact with the software testing community. Though there are multiple conferences happening at this time of the year, due to time and other constraints, we picked the following conferences to sponsor.

Silver Sponsors
Agile Development, Better Software, & DevOps East Conference
Date: Nov 13–18, 2016
Location: Orlando, FL
Website: https://adceast.techwell.com/

Agile Dev East Conference

Agile Dev East Conference

The conference starts with a full day training class on different roles in Agile teams like ScrumMaster, Agile Tester, Product Owner certification and also on how to integrate test with a DevOps approach. The next two days have a lot of half-day and full-day tutorials.

Tutorial Topics                                                                                                 Tutorial Topics

We also liked how the tracks were classified into eight different themes:
Agile Leadership, Agile Metrics, Agile Requirements
Projects & Teams, Going Mobile, Software Quality
DevOps, DevOps Implementation.

After lunch, the tracks change to
Enterprise Agile, Agile techniques
Improving the Team, Projects & Teams
Internet of Things/User Experience
Test & QA, DevOps, DevOps Implementation.

On the last day, the audience will have a tough choice as new tracks like Personal Excellence, Test Automation, Business Analysis & Requirements, Design & Code are added. Finally, the day ends with a Agile Leadership Summit Reception followed by Agile Leadership Summit.

We wish all the attendees a wonderful learning experience and we will be actively monitoring the Twitter world for the tweets and live blogs on the conference days.

Micro Sponsors
TestBash Philadelphia
Date: Nov 10–11, 2016
Location: FringeArts Theatre
Website: http://www.ministryoftesting.com/training-events/testbash-philadelphia-2016/

TestBash Philadelphia

TestBash Philadelphia

We always loved the energy of folks at MOT (Ministry of Testing). Their resources section is really a treasure mine for folks in software testing. You can also check out the page? – Resources. We have been following them and love the videos they record as part of TestBash or the 99sec talks. So, when we had a choice of sponsoring TestBash, we immediately grabbed it. We are sponsoring the TestBash Philadelphia. Check out the amazing speakers for this conference:

Fiona Charles: Gaining Consciousness
The last time I met Fiona was at CAST 2015 where I attended the tutorial on Speaking Truth to Power and how to deliver difficult messages. It was such an engaging tutorial where we learned to take baby steps towards being more courageous. Without any doubt, this session would also be a great one and engage testers. Do attend.

Alan Page: Testing without Testers
My first serious interaction with Alan’s work was with his book: https://leanpub.com/TheAWord Quite controversial and technical concepts presented in a simple, easy to understand manner. Even in his recent blog posts, his ideas of how to generate test data or test API is quite interesting. Do attend his talk to find out what he thinks about Testing without Testers.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi: A Mob Testing Experience
Reading the blog post on Mob Testing here: http://visible-quality.blogspot.in/2016/03/mob-testing-definition-and.html gives me some idea about Mob Testing. The participants must not miss the chance to hear her talk about it live.

Megan Studzenski & Cheri Kure: A Tester Training Program Awakens
Looking forward to the tweets about this session and best wishes to the speakers.

Nancy Kelln: What the Hell Kind of Testing is That?
I met Nancy in EuroSTAR 2010 first and then in Bangalore for a conference. Very experienced tester and she definitely knows how to get her point across in an engaging way. Her talk title made me smile and do not be surprised if some myths are busted in her session.

Abby Bangser and James Spargo: How we learned to stop worrying and start treating infrastructure like any other feature
This would be a new topic for me and I hope Twittersphere will help me with the insights from this talk.

Elizabeth Zagroba: Succeeding as an Introvert
After attending Problem Solving Leadership workshop, I could appreciate the different personality traits and how people respond to situations. Considering that we work with people more than products, this session should provide the attendees with lots of valuable takeaways.

Dan Ashby and Stephen Janaway: Testing In The Pub ­ Live!
If you would heard of the Testing in the Pub podcasts, this session must be an interesting one to know the history of Testing in the Pub. They are also planning to record one session live and demonstrate how anyone can easily contribute to the software community activities.

Angie Jones: How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done
I have been following Angie on twitter and she seems quite active tweeting about the sessions she has been attending at different conferences and sharing the ideas.

Christina Ohanian: Embracing Change: The challenges of changing ‘traditional’ mindsets
Many of us face this challenge everyday. It will be a good experience to know what Christina has to share on this topic.

Israel Alvarez: Applying Newly Acquired Testing Skills on the Job
Learning is a continuous activity. What do you do after you learn something new related to software testing? Let us see how Israel Alvarez applied his skills on the job. Maybe, we can also learn how to implement our learning at our job.

Lanette Creamer: Test Like a Cat (Not a Dog)
If you are active on twitter, especially in software testing, you must already be knowing about Lanette. Experienced professional, cat-lover, a passionate advocate of whole team software quality, Lanette’s talk title is not surprising. With her rich experience of working in different contexts, this talk is a must attend for any software professional. Do not miss it.

Ash Coleman: Agile Tester Interactions: The Story Of Story Kickoff
She is already super famous in the software testing field as her first speaking experience was a debate against James Bach at Test Masters Academy. If we go by the Twittersphere, she was at her best – calm, composed and defended her points without any fear, backed up by insightful points. Do not miss her talk as she talks about the importance of story kickoff in an Agile setting.

We wish the attendees of both the conferences, a rich learning experience and total return for the time and money spent for the conferences. Make new friends, question the speakers and take back lots of thoughts and ideas to implement at your workplace.

Till we meet next time, happy testing!!!

 
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