Ministry of Testing’s Weekly Software Testing Newsletter

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Do you have a small community event idea you’d like to experiment with? I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to email Heather (CommunityBoss) and I recently experimented with Twitter Spaces and Thursday Testing Tea, to keep conversations going and help move the testing craft forward. We’re super grateful to those of you who joined. 🙏

We welcome the opportunity to co-create small-sized community events — events that don’t require much notice or effort to get them up and running. If you’re unsure what that might look like yet have a gut feeling you want to do something, please get in touch. Let’s explore your ideas together.

Have a great day!
- Simon, CommunityBoss

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What’s New With Ministry of Testing?

It’s time for Heather CommunityBoss to move on. In her own words, “It’s both exciting and sad news. I have missed testing so much and I’m excited to take this step but also nervous. I’m nervous because I’ve been moderating this community since 2016! I’m excited because testing lights a spark in me. It’s the excitement of discovery, it’s what will come next, it’s the endless learning possibilities and more. I miss it all.” Read her announcement.

New Year, New 99 Minute Challenges. These live, interactive online challenges will help you improve and hone your testing skills and support you in achieving your goals. No more over-ambitious targets or New Year’s resolutions that are never started. Oh no, you can pick and choose challenges of interest and tackle them live with the support of an expert facilitator and community members taking part.

🎧 Have a listen to TestSphere Roulette Episode 8 with Gem Hill and Ide Koops. With host Simon Prior, they explore indifferent feelings, personas, impartiality and the starve heuristic.

Can you help?

Join Peet’s 99 Minute Workshop on Code Reviews for Testers. Learn the power of code reviews and how they can help you with your testing, on Wednesday 26th January at 6pm GMT.

🫖 Fresh from last week’s kettle, we’re running another Thursday Testing Tea, on Thursday 27th January at 3pm GMT. A time to come together over a brew to explore topics related to testing, using the powerful Lean Coffee approach. Structured with timers yet agenda-less, bring your topics with you and vote for those you are interested in.

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Register for these 99 Minute Workshops

NEW: Take on these 99 Minute Challenges

  • API Automation Challenge with Mark Winteringham — Wed, 16 Feb 2022, 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM GMT. Can you send an HTTP request to an API and check the response contents are correct in 99 Minutes?
  • Visually Model an Application Challenge with Mark Winteringham — Wed, 9 Mar 2022, 7:00 PM — 9:00 PM GMT. Can you create a visual model of an application in 99 Minutes?
  • More coming soon!

Join these Online Events

Enjoy connecting with a local testing community? These online MoT Meetups are worth attending.

  1. James Thomas plans to demo how he asks questions of the product and uses automation to get answers, at MoT Cambridge on Tuesday, January 25th at 11am GMT
  2. Hilary Weaver-Robb joins MoT Sfax to share the hidden treasures of Static Analysis on Wednesday, February 2nd at 7pm GMT
  3. MoT Athens will run a Lean Coffee on The Modern Testing Principles, the next day, on Thursday, February 3rd at 5pm GMT

Attend these in-person TestBashes

🎟 TestBashX Brighton — Thu, 31 Mar 2022, 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM GMT. We’re finally able to bring TestBashX to you! TestBashX is our new TestBash software testing conference experience and will debut in Brighton. As always, Ministry of Testing is closely collaborating with local testers and this time all-around awesome community member Emma Keaveny is working with us to bring this innovative event to you.

🎟 TestBashX Edinburgh — Thu, 28 Apr 2022, 9:00 AM — 5:00 PM GMT. Our super MoT Edinburgh Meetup organiser Craig Wylie is working with us to bring this innovative event to you.

Discover Useful Business Posts

Marcus introduces a new metric: MTTRP (Mean Time to Reddit Post) to help you learn from your users. If your business is impacted by some sort of negative event, how long before the entire internet hears about it?

With the 5 W’s (and an H) of continuous testing in mind, quality engineering teams can understand and plan their journey to continuous testing.

What is DevTestOps? Read Raj’s take on how the lack of focus on performing testing throughout the software delivery pipeline has led to such a term.

Get Closer to the Community

🧱 Let Lee Marshall help you learn SQL with LEGO. An excellent set of easy to consume videos. And as I understand it, there’s more to come.

Check out all the handy testing mnemonics that Diogo has curated. Discover how SACRED PROOF could help you! 🤔

“Patterns are meaningful events that repeat over time — actions and interactions, outcomes and results.” Read Esther Derby’s latest advice to help you create an environment for great work.



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