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Unity3D and BBST

On June 6, 2016, in #engagedmembership, General, News, Newsletter, by eproegler
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Unity Technologies are the creators of the multiplatform Unity Game Engine. We have more than 4.5 million registered users ranging from individual hobbyists to large professional game studios. And at Unity, we make all our internal software testers go through the BBST Courses from AST. You will not become a good tester by taking a course. […]

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Tina the Test Toucan Visits the #CAST2016 Venue

On April 24, 2016, in #engagedmembership, CAST 2016, Tina_Toucan, by eproegler
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Hello! I know some of you have seen me around, but I’d like to take the chance to introduce myself. I am a newer member of AST, who not very long ago had context blinders removed, revealing what software testing can be. I’ll never go back to prescriptive process! Because I love an adventure, the AST Board […]

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Good Conduct (Hiccupps)

On July 2, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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I’ve been reading Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. It’s about how, in around 2007, technology and social media was beginning to change the ways in which people were able to organise themselves. Interesting to me on sociological, leadership and mana…

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Open Season and K-Cards

On July 1, 2016, in CAST 2016, News, by Claire Moss
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Attending CAST is a memorable experience. In addition to the usual excitement of keynotes, session talks, and conference events, I look forward to the structured conferring of Open Season. This tongue-in-cheek name indicates the often intense examination of presented ideas that sets CAST apart from other testing events.   While session attendees do ask clarifying […]

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As the World Turns (Chris Kenst's Blog)

On June 30, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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“As the world turns” seems like the best way to describe the busy-ness I’ve experienced recently. Feels like I’m forgetting a lot of things and to help I’ve written them down. I’m also feeling goofy so this post might contain a few GIFSs. Work has been busy as I split my time building out our front-end automation suite and the remaining […]

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Testing time variable using docker (zagorski software tester)

On June 30, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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TL;DR As clouds passing by over your head, so the time passes through your product under test. Time is important testing variable that is often overlooked as source of test ideas.  Reason for that is that testers do not have appropriate tools to help them test time variable. I will provide simple example how docker … Continue reading Testing time variable using docker

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More Than A Mindset (Assert.This)

On June 30, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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How often do you hear talk of a testers mindset… You ever wonder what people actually mean when thy say this? I do, every time I hear it I tense up a little and wonder are we all talking about the same thing? The Divine Tester Doesn’t it often have a ring of mysticism when … [Read more…]

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And Then it’s "Go Time" (TESTHEAD)

On June 28, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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Two years ago, my Scout Troop put in a submission to trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. We’d submitted before, and due to the lottery system, we’d been unsuccessful in years past. However, in 2014, we got the message we’d been waitin…

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The Rat Trap (Hiccupps)

On June 28, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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Another of the capsule insights I took from The Shape of Actions by Harry Collins (see also Auto Did Act) is the idea that a function of the value some technology gives us is the extent to which we are prepared to accommodate its behaviour.What does th…

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The Bestselling Software Intended for People Who Couldn’t Use It. (James Bach’s Blog)

On June 27, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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In 1983, my boss, Dale Disharoon, designed a little game called Alphabet Zoo. My job was to write the Commodore 64 and Apple II versions of that game. Alphabet Zoo is a game for kids who are learning to read. … Continue reading

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Helping those on the spectrum / Information radiators – TEAM meetup #13 (The Pragmatic Testing)

On June 27, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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The very successful Australian Testing Days 2016 conference helped the TEAM gain tremendous respect in the community. Many conferences offer meaningless gifts to speakers, instead we made a large donation on the speaker’s behalf to BeyondBlue. So, when Epic Assist approached me for support in spreading their message about hiring employees on the autism spectrum, I was excited to have the opportunity to help. I was in the process of planning the 13th TEAM meetup, and I had Aaron Hodder presenting his strategic mind-maps to the attendees. Aaron was visiting Melbourne for a speaking session at Agile Australia and he was eager when I approached him with the idea of him delivering his well received Australian Testing Days 2016 talk again at our meetup.


On 21 June, the 13th TEAM meetup took place at Robert Half Technology. Richard Neville from Robert Half has been very supportive at sponsoring our meetups at his centrally located office in the city. As always Robert Half arranged plenty of food and drinks for the attendees arriving at a cold and wintery night.

Paul Crimmins was the emcee for the night. He introduced TEAM and the agenda for that night to attendees.


The first talk was from Zach Zaborny of Epic Assist. Epic Assist is a not for profit organisation that works with people with both visible and invisible disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. It assists people on the Autism Spectrum to find meaningful employment. The organisation not only helps people in finding employment, it also trains and educates them so that they can be successful during their employment. People with Autism may find it difficult to operate in a corporate environment and may require extra support. Epic ensure that someone from their team stays with the employee until their assistance is no longer needed. Their engagement also helps employers in understanding the needs of their new employee.


Zach shared his own story with the attendees. A prolific speaker, Zach was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at 8. How he went through the struggle, many of us can’t understand. His presentation was hilarious, heartfelt and touching.
      

Zach said that the individuals on the autism spectrum are loyal, like structure, are hardworking and focused and can be great employees. He shared some tips for interviewing someone with ASD and also explained the employment barriers for people with ASD.  Zach’s talk was a very informative talk and it was received well.


After a short break, it was time for Aaron’s much anticipated talk. Many attendees had not attended ATD2K16 and therefore were excited to hear Aaron. His talk was about using Mind mapping software as a test management tool.


Aaron started his talk by sharing his story of becoming a skilled tester and joining the CDT community. When he started in testing, he found himself a misfit among other testers he worked with, mostly because others believed that there was a single right way of doing things. Aaron’s talk was engaging and educating. He spoke not just about his subject matter, but he also demonstrated how he does what he was talking about. His mindmaps, which he rightly calls information radiators, were truly informative and valued. One of his slides explained why testing is not just about creating and following steps. It said,”Testing is NOT a series of steps; it’s a multithreaded series of activities that are mutually supportive”.


This meetup was one more successful event for the local testing community. While we inch closer to TEAM’s first anniversary, we have already planned for some really interesting meetups in the next few months. Check them out at http://www.meetup.com/TestEngineeringAlliance/.
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Missing product feature (zagorski software tester)

On June 25, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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TL;DR Missing product feature is one of situation where test automation can not help you. You as a tester should raise a risk about product missing feature. FEW HICCUPPS heuristic is excellent tool that can help you to identify missing feature and to persuade product owner that should be included in product. Let’s learn by … Continue reading Missing product feature

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