Ministry of Testing’s Weekly Software Testing Newsletter

Hello and welcome to your weekly testing news.

I recently discovered UI Design Tips for Landing Pages by Jim Raptis and reflect that it’s a useful tool to inspire test ideas for anyone who tests web, mobile, or desktop apps. I actually can’t remember how I stumbled across it yet I think it was a suggestion from Twitter.

This got me thinking, what places beyond the testing community are out there that could help us? What might we do to go beyond “our world” to discover useful heuristics and oracles to enhance how we test? I find it interesting to look at what goes on outside of an imaginary boundary or industry to apply it to an existing context.

What place might you explore today to be inspired by something outside of your current context?

Have a great week!
Simon, CommunityBoss 😃

This newsletter is kindly supported by Xray!

Xray — Native Test Management

Xray embeds the quality management process into the development workflow. With Native Quality Management, all QA tools, tests and processes are infused into the development environments you already work with, like Jira. So Quality and Development teams speak the same language, stay on the same page, and release consistently quality software — together.

What’s New With Ministry of Testing?

🎙Submit your talk idea for test.bash(); using our simplified form. “How do you stay tool aware?” is just one of the five exciting talk options for you to choose from. Now’s the time to share your testing tools story! Entries close on 13th September 2021 and we’d love to hear from you!

What would you like to ask a tool vendor? In preparation for October’s 30 Days of Tools, we’ll gather your questions and use them as part of our tool vendor interviews. We think this is a great opportunity for the community to ask those questions that you’ve never had the opportunity to. 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🙋‍♂️

🎥There’s a couple of webinars to register for if you haven’t already. An excellent Discussion on Test Strategies with Barry, Jesper, and Anne, hosted by the brilliant Vernon on Tuesday 7th September at 8pm UK time. Plus a new masterclass on Creating Test Strategies Teams Will Read with Thomas Shipley on Tuesday 21st September at 8pm UK time. Learn what type of strategy style is best for a project and increase team engagement.

Join Bob Salmon as he helps you express yourself more effectively in writing on Wednesday 8th September at 6pm UK time. And whether you’re completely new to testing or would like to revisit essential concepts, register for Mark and Vernon’s Essentials: What is Testing? workshop on Thursday 9th September at 6pm UK time.

Have a read of Laveena Ramchandani’s excellent article on Becoming An Effective Coach. It’s full of insightful information on what coaching is, how to prepare to coach, and how to evaluate a coaching session, plus more! 👂

Neil Studd shares an excellent round-up of all things Racket, the place for short-form podcasts. The growing community of testing folks on Racket is a joy to hear! Talking of which, did you catch Mark and Lee discuss tips on how to design a successful workshop? It’s brilliant! 🎧

Can you join Trevor, Kristof, and Conrad as they explore how to store and manage session notes? And how do you enjoy software outside of work if you always happen to be looking for bugs?

🤝 We currently have a number of ways to contribute in October, as part of 30 Days of Tools: Articles, Panelist on a discussion panel, Ask Me Anything speaker, and more! What experience of yours could you share? Or do you know someone who would be interested? Feel free to encourage them to put themselves forward without putting on pressure in public.

TOP TIP: Stuck on any topic related to testing? You can search our content or perform a keyword search on The Club. Rediscover and reignite great conversations. There’s a treasure trove of helpful information out there! 👑

This newsletter is also kindly supported by TestRail!

New Webinar — Test Automation in the Real World

Join Senior QA Manager Mike Maliska for “Test Automation in the Real World,” to see how PrismHR, has implemented automation at various points along the way in their production software release life cycle. Join live: September 15th, 2021, 11–12 PM EDT Register here!

Join 2021 Online Events

If you’re interested in finding out about future meetups, whether online or in person, check out the many Ministry of Testing Meetups or keep an eye on the Slack Events channel.

99 Minute Workshops in September

Discover Useful Business Posts

🙅‍♀️ 5 Common Mistakes Teams Make During CI/CD Implementation — Learn how you could avoid these traps successfully.

Introduction to Mutation Testing — With more computational power at our disposal, and open-sourced tools following the state of the art on mutation testing, it may be worth the try to include it in real projects 🤗

Optimizing Your Testing Strategy with Automated API Tests — Low-code test automation is closing the feasibility gap so that API testing is easier to execute and can be integrated into a QE team’s automated testing strategy.

🤝 Better Together: Why You Should Leverage Emulators and Simulators for Web App Testing — Incorporating both virtual and real devices will increase the scalability, efficiency, and effectiveness of your mobile testing plan while still allowing you to test real usage scenarios and conditions.

Shifting Accessibility Testing to the Left — When accessibility is embedded right from the start, user experience will improve and be simplified and barriers for people with disabilities will be removed.

Get Closer to the Community

I like how Patrick reminds us to remove “but” from our conversations, whether written or verbal. Communication is hard and it’s ok to take time to get it right.
Tags: Communication, Language

📖 Writing a book to help move the software testing craft forward is no simple task! Great to hear what inspired Emna on her adventures into writing 21st Century Skills For Testers.
Tags: Books, Testing Skills

Did you know you can just hang out and chat/listen with other testing folks during your workday? Head on over to the Testers Hangout right now or find out more about it on this thread.
Tags: Community, Connections, Relaxation

I enjoyed Jesper’s case for following an old map rather than none at all. Read what he had to share about patterns, models, and keeping up to date with information.
Tags: Models, Patterns

Good stuff for software testers.