TLDR; February content based on Conference and Tutorial prep, some strategic books, and updates to my Testing Apps.
I’m getting ready for some conferences - links below have discount coupons:
- https://epic.techwell.com/ (Get 20% off the ticket price with code “EPIC20R06”)
- https://saucecon.com/register-2020/?promo=sc20speaker10 (10% discount coupon in link)
As normal, I explain my process and lessons learned in some of my Patreon posts. And include material that I’m learning as I research, that never makes its way into the talk or tutorial.
I blogged about The Art of War in Feb, and I stumbled across my early notes on The Art of War on my hard drive and compiled them all into a pdf for Patreons. I found it interesting to look at my comments on Testing from decades ago, I will revisit my commentary in the future, I think it is a useful reflection process to look at ‘non-testing’ work and map it on to Testing. I have a similar, but shorter, analysis of a Problem Solving book coming up on Patreon later this month.
I also transcribed and subtitled the How I Test - Web App course on Patreon so there is now an easier to digest pdf of the content for offline catchup.
And I finally made use of my TwitterStorm generator tool TweetStormer It has a very crude GUI, but it does the job. I deliberately didn’t automate the ‘posting’ of the Tweets, to keep the tool simple, but I wanted something that made it much easier to format and repurpose the tweet content. I used this for my Art of War Twitter Thread
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Twitter Links For February 2020
- A discount for SauceCon Conference The saucecon conference programme is now available. https://t.co/f8hQIAoRtd and my 10% discount code is still valid https://t.co/oyPws8Lr3h -
- The Testing Curator list is a good catchup source RT @testingcurator: Check out “#Testing Bits - Feb 9th - Feb 15th, 2020 - https://t.co/abdmL4ynDT (43 posts) featuring bloggers: @imalittle… -
- A list tof sites to practice testing with A list of sites to practice testing and automating on from abstractus - only issue is that it links to my old collection of pages - use https://t.co/84llXUvTEL for my most up to date set of practice pages. And the abstractus post is here… https://t.co/l9Q4SUXpYm -
- JSOUP has been updated RT @jhy: Dear jsoup friends: it’s been far too long since the last release! So here’s https://t.co/5vGxf6MYlo to break the spell. -
- Source code generated videos RT @gojkoadzic: You can now build version-controlled videos from source files like code, using the Video Puppet GitHub Action -
The Useful Snippets extension is on github.
Viv is also compiling a set of essays which form a free book on Software Testing “reflections and thoughts based on many peoples own personal experiences”. Around the World With 80 Software Testers
- RT @ali_hill91: Excited to be part of @11vlr’s ‘Around the World with 80 Software Testers’ project. It’s free to download and includes arti…
- Everyone loves a free book. https://t.co/sVkCsi77dC
Blog Posts For February 2020
- Content created and collated for EvilTester.com, Patreon and Social for January 2020
- A short interpretation of 13th Chapter of The Art of War, on spies, in terms of Software Testing
Patreon Posts For February 2020
- The YAGNI heuristic led me to microlearning during my workshop preparation.
- Because I’m human my brain takes short cuts, making comparing lists error-prone. I had to find some tricks or hacks to help me.
- Does Testing mitigate risk?
- Documentation to support use of The Pulper to practice your testing - exercises and overviews and api
- At v8 and v9, The Pulper becomes a much more up to date (in terms of technology approach) APP. Worth using the dev tools and proxy on v9.
- A pdf of my early 1999 to 2001 commentary notes and the 2020 commentary on spies. With some other art of war references and links.
- My Goals, and Why statements are Strategic. My How statements are Tactical options that make sense at the time.
- Notes from The Program by Eric Kapitulik, Jake MacDonald
- The ‘What makes a good User Interface?’ essay from my latest newsletter.
- YAGNI is a heuristic to support prioritisation. Sometimes it is so tempting to ignore.
- I have a mild aversion to terminology and choose to use words that fit well with my communication style.
- PDF with transcripts for the videos
- If you write it. They will read. Is only true if you also promote and market it. An example of using a tweet storm to promote a post.
- Tech Debt gives a nice name to incomplete activities. Often a result of being human. A Tactical vs Strategic mindset might help.
- When we automate an application we are modelling the application under test and each application requires different synchronisation choices.
- Notes on how I write a consultancy report and prepare it as pdf and docx for delivery.
- Some notes on what I had to learn to be comfortable working as an independent consultant.
- Making the case that Test Scripts carry map making too far.
- Quality is a Relationship and and overarching concern.
- When we plan, we build a model of the action. We project forward the plan to identify risks and issues.
- ‘The distinction between tactical and strategic planning is often made but is seldom made clear’ Ackoff
- It’s not about what you must do, or what you should. It’s about the risks to you, and what you could.
- Collated PDFs for January
- Content Summary for January 2020
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