Ministry of Testing’s Weekly Software Testing Newsletter

80% Automated and 20% Exploratory. Really?

Hello and welcome to your weekly testing news.

Callum Akehurst-Ryan always provides great insight and information for us to reflect on. I enjoyed their recent take on acceptance criteria, that checking acceptance criteria isn’t enough. What about those implicit and assumed requirements? What of those might you consider and how might that help your testing today?

Have a great week!
Simon, CommunityBoss 😃

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Great to see Julia Pottinger’s use of why, who, what, how, where, and when in her latest guide to producing a test automation strategy. How could it help you today and beyond?
Tags: Test Automation, Test Strategy, Tools, Documentation

Leading by example with a small change can make all the difference for a bigger change in the process. Very much enjoyed reading Mukta Sharma’s story.
Tags: Change Management, Meetings, Sprint Planning

Seek clarity on the role of an SDET in this handy post by Gaurav Singh, including their thoughts on skills, reporting, and tools plus a take on the difference between a Test Engineer and SDET.
Tags: SDET, Definitions, Job Roles

“Can you even say a user story is 80% tested with automated tests and 20% with exploratory? 20% of what?” This is a great article by Gregory Paciga, full of brilliant reflections on clarifying what you want to measure and why.
Tags: Test Strategy, Test Automation, Exploratory Testing, Metrics

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