Ministry of Testing’s Weekly Software Testing Newsletter

Are you thinking about “thinking”?


Hope you’ve had a great February! It’s that time of the year, reviews are happening and we’re all considering what work we’ve done and what our career path looks like. Heather has shared this talk from Gabbi — it’s open to everyone.

I loved this talk from Gabbi! It gives lots of easy to action things to give you your own personal brand. Super helpful for job hunting, building a brand for your blog or simply building an excellent network to learn from. There really is something for everyone in this talk.” — Heather CommunityBoss

This newsletter is kindly supported by Vornex!

TimeShiftX lets you time travel your software to test date and time sensitive functionality and code such as year-end, daylight savings, and billing. Employ instant time travel inside Active Directory & Kerberos without code or system clock changes and removing all pain points.

What’s New With Ministry of Testing?

We’ve some new webinar recordings and a new podcast!

🎧 What are the capabilities of TestProject when it comes to mobile automation? In our latest podcast, Adam chats to Eldar Kravetsky and Marat Strelets from the free automation platform — TestProject, they dig into its capabilities and the AI functionality it offers 🤖

🧠 The main thing we do as testers is critical thinking. Trying to keep your thinking sharp, ideas fresh and improve your critical thinking skills can be a hard task. We have two events this month that will help you, a Testing Ask Me Anything with Fiona Charles and a 👥 Panel Discussion with Elizabeth Zagroba, Jitesh Gosai and Maaike Brinkhof. Both are great opportunities to learn from knowledgeable and experienced testers and ask any questions you might have.

✍️ Getting active in online testing communities can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you start? We know we’re entirely biased, but there are other places out there where you can get help with your problems. Jonas Menesklou wrote an article for us, sharing a few groups he’s been involved with.

Is your team expanding and training is needed to make sure testing standards are kept high? Or are you new to testing? We’ve just launched our 3-day Essentials Training with Dan Ashby and Vernon Richards starting the 12th of April. It will provide perspectives on what testing is, how to do testing, and how to define and measure quality. Plus a whole lot more. 🚀

Learn with Deborah Reid about what Accessibility is, why it’s important to test for and how to get your team started with an Accessibility testing mindset. Register your interest in Deborah’s course, which goes live on 10th March.

Alex Burlton recently took a deep dive into flakey UI Automation tests in a Masterclass. Watch as he goes through possible root causes and demonstrated how you can use observability to help reduce flakiness.

See our latest news and Dojo additions, catch up on anything you might have missed in the last few weeks.

This newsletter is also kindly supported by TestProject!

There’s huge excitement surrounding TestProject’s latest announcement of their NextGen v2 release — we know without a doubt you are going to ❤️ it, especially given that you’ve got a chance to get your hands on a PlayStation 5 🎮 Are you in?!


We’ve picked out a few posts from our Club, blog and podcast feeds that we think would be useful to you.

This is a conversation that comes up repeatedly, we all have a different experience, do you use test plans? Do You Really Need a Test Plan? — read the article and decide for yourself.

How are you doing? A year into lockdown, we’re all managing very differently. Sharing how you’re feeling could give you a nice bit of extra support ❤️

We had an excellent Masterclass with Alex Burlton this week. He didn’t get to answer all of the questions live but he’s answered any we didn’t get to over on The Club.

📈 How do you measure career or life success? Such a tricky thing to quantify but Kalei has shared a great post to help you try.

Melissa is wondering how do you know if your release is successful? 🤔 Have you got any suggestions you could add?

Mark is looking for articles on the topic of “non-functional requirements”. Could you help?

Are you flexible on most things but have an absolute line that you refuse to cross? Do you ever wonder what other peoples absolute lines are? This podcast with Beth Marshall is for you.

Upcoming MoT Events

All of our upcoming events — including training, Masterclasses, Ask Me Anythings and Panel Discussions.

If you’re interested in finding out about future meetups, whether online or in person, please check out the Club meetup section or keep an eye on the Slack Events channel.


Posts selected from our business feed. Highlighting interesting posts from our annual partners for 2021 — they make sure we’re able to bring you excellent events, articles and everything else we do!

Angie Jones automates a couple of scenarios and shows you the power of visual testing on mobile in this recent post.

Cross Browser Testing is a great way to leverage one test script and multiple browsers at the same time. In this article, they tackle cross browser testing and provide a github link.

A new desktop app from mabl, with end-to-end API testing and mobile web testing, with lots of new capabilities that can help you achieve effective automated test coverage across your application. Definitely worth reading more about it.

How familiar are you with pull requests? Are you aware of the 4 Major Misunderstandings About Pull Requests? Maybe you should have a read and find out!

99-Minute Workshops — March 2021

Find out what time the workshops are happening in your time zone by clicking on a workshop. Have a look at all our 99-Minute workshops.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store