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Where should you expect to be professionally in 5 years?

The 2018 State of Testing report is out, and it’s the most insightful one yet! Over 1,500 professionals from 80 countries shared everything from salaries to testing strategies. The report contains unique insight into our industry’s trends and forecasts. Grab your free copy!

A Practical Guide To Release Testing

One of the most critical parts of any software project is releasing it out into the world, and customers. It can also be underappreciated. Sometimes releases go badly and even good quality software has problems because of how it’s released.

TestBash Brighton & TestBash Essentials Call For Papers

With only a few weeks left to submit, now is a good time to get your thinking cap on, put pen to paper and get your idea submitted. For TestBash Essentials, we’re looking for talks that will help those that are new to testing or could benefit from learning more about testing. TestBash Brighton, we’re always open to new ideas or an aspect you feel hasn’t been covered before! Get involved.

Avoid Sleepwalking to Failure! On Abstractions and Keeping it Real in Software Teams

Is your team sleeping towards failure? How do you “keep it real” in software engineering? Paul Maxwell-Walters will share all in his TestBash Australia talk. You can buy your Early Bird ticket now and make a saving! We’ve lots of fascinating talks lined up to broaden your testing knowledge. Look forward to seeing you there!

MoT Meetups

Each week we will feature one of our upcoming MoT community Meetups. Find or start a MoT meetup

SWTC Manchester — Talking About Testing -16th July

During this session we’ll cover: Different forms of communication and why communication is important; Some of the challenges surrounding communication and how to overcome them; Explaining software testing fluently to others; Applying techniques to help generate conversations about testing; Evaluating the pros and cons of different communication methods in general.

The Club

We’ve picked a few topics of interest from The Club for you to read, contribute and generally get involved with?

How Would You Test Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Enforcement Against Hate Speech?

Facebook’s enforcement is an immense challenge from which I doubt fallible people can ever be removed. Nevertheless, the question remains: How would you test to avoid this false positive?

When Should Acceptance Criteria Be Converted Into Automated Tests

I’m after advice from testers who may have been in a similar position to me whereby the QA resource is quite light, therefore whilst we’d like to automate what we can and are under pressure to do so, this isn’t a silver bullet and carrying out exploratory testing would at least allow us to proceed to UAT. At the end of the sprint we could then automate our specflow scenarios.

Community Posts

Highlighting a selection of blog posts from the testing community.

What Is Software Testing? | The Artful Tester

Software Testing is comprised of a great number of things, and resists being narrowly defined. Techniques vary widely and the industry evolves rapidly, so how can we explain what it is exactly? Claire Reckless helps us to do so, calmly and concisely, in her article “So, What Is Software Testing?”. Since advocating for testing includes the ability to communicate these points, I wanted to absorb Claire’s article. Being visually focused means I learn best by making sketchnotes, so that’s what I did

Day 4 (of 30 Days of Automation in Testing) — Blunt Instruments Of Testing

Unit testing comes to my mind as the first one.It helps me as a tester in a way that I let developers do the deeds and learn to trust they do things right. Even reviewing the unit test code is actually a neat learning experience, once you get to understand the unit test logic.

Testing Blogs

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Testing Podcasts

MoT host various podcasts, but here is a selection of interesting testing podcasts from around the web.

Testing Chatter

We keep a close eye on our two slack groups — and our MoT Slack. This is what they’ve been sharing.

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