Ministry of Testing’s Weekly Software Testing Newsletter

What’s In Your Testing Toolbox?

It’s super rewarding to share your story with the testing community. There are plenty of opportunities to do so next month during 30 Days of Tools. And while you might feel like you have nothing new to share, I place a heavy bet that your context and story are new to the community.

Today (Monday 13th September 2021) is the last day for you to submit to talk at Test.bash();. We’ve chosen five topics for you to talk on, pick the topics you have lots of knowledge on and get submitting today! Don’t worry you can work on the details later.

Have a great week!
Simon, CommunityBoss 😃

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What’s New With Ministry of Testing?

🎧 New Podcast: Mike chats with Nicola about leading test teams when you’re not a manager. They discuss the topic of Test Leadership and how you can approach it without being in a position of authority plus much more!

Vernon Richards, our TestBash and Webinar host extraordinaire, is now our resident host for our Essentials training. This training focuses on essential testing concepts to help you succeed as a testing professional. We’re very excited to collaborate more with the brilliant Vernon. Read the announcement.

Fancy writing an article on the theme of “testing tools”? Submit your idea by Thursday 16th September. You could share an experience report on how you’ve explored tools throughout your career or write about what’s in your current testing toolbox. 🧰

👉 Join our next Masterclass with Thomas Shipley to understand what type of strategy style is best for a project and how to get your team involved. It’s on 21st September at 8pm UK time. Get yourself registered now!

How do you start your API test automation journey? Join the conversation to help Salona and others. Lots of great ideas to reflect on already.

Are you interested in web APIs but feel intimidated? Do you want to get a little more technical in your testing? Are you looking to expand your testing toolbox? This Wednesday 15th September join Eva’s workshop: Beyond The UI — Introduction To HTTP Proxying.

📄 New Article: Should you work on your test automation first or focus on manual test planning? Eduardo Fischer explores this complex question.

Managing test cases can easily get out of hand. Can you share advice with Ishani? They’d like to find a better way to create and maintain a database of tests.

🎥 New recording: Barry, Jesper, and Anne explore the many facets of a test strategy in this recording of a recent discussion hosted by Vernon. Find out the difference between a test plan and test strategy plus much more.

Áine shares an update on the 30 Days of Tools supporters. Thank you to Provar, Sauce Labs, Inflectra, TestRail and Mabl.

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 Provar!

End To End Testing in the Cloud White Paper

How can organizations apply the right automation strategies for their needs while staying on top of the challenges of testing cloud applications? Download Provar’s end to end testing white paper to find out.

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

How much contract testing vs. E2E functional testing is really needed for quality releases at speed? Maybe there’s a way to choose? 💡

Using test data to improve DevOps collaboration. Everyone understands the struggle of prioritizing projects, using data effectively could improve workflows.

I think we can all relate to this post, or maybe they’re some tips for you to watch out for in future! 4 times your automation passed while bugs were present 🐞

How do you create an architecture for your automation? Corina shares insight into how they create theirs.

Get Closer to the Community

Callum encourages us to look for the good in what we’re testing to help build engagement with our teams. Be charming to demonstrate the value of testing by showing others how awesome they are. Read the excellent article on Charisma Testing. 🦦
Tags: Charisma Testing, Test Reporting, Debriefing, Encouragement

I enjoyed Jenna’s compelling case that risk can be credibly measured and understood. Find out how they created a formula for calculating risk. It’s a great start to what will very likely be an interesting series of posts.
Tags: Risk-Based Testing, Risks, Metrics, Measurements

Antoine sat down with João to explore the topic of Quality Engineering. Take a deep dive into the whole team approach to quality and the modern testing principles.
Tags: Quality Engineering, Interviews, Modern Testing

Facilitating a session and need inspiration? It was great to listen to Chad Moore and Lisa Sieverts share their super helpful “Facilitation Do’s”. Have a listen. 🎧
Tags: Facilitation, Workshops, Meetings, Decision Making, Creativity

Good stuff for software testers.