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Agile testing – how do we make it all fit?
Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole One of the questions I am asked the most is “how do we fit testing into an Agile lifecycle?” this is a big question, and it is something that requires a true understanding of Agile values and principles by the entire team. I think it is a big question because people don’t really understand how pervasive Agile makes testing. If testing is treated as a…

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Why can’t we all get along? – Why testing schools of thought need to find a middle ground
I recently attended two 1 day testing conferences held in the city of Melbourne – one week apart but with entirely different agendas – or should I say driven by different schools of thought. One was a Context Driven Testing Conference and one was hosted by the local board of an International Software Testing Qualifications Board.   I thought to myself – if I didn’t know much about the two school…

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Applied Exploratory Testing: New for 2016
In June we launch a brand new program - Applied Exploratory Testing.  We talk with Practice Lead, Toby Thompson about the course.  1.        How has this course changed?The course is a lot more practical – the hands on element is a really important factor because while you’re performing activities you can ask questions and learn from the instructor. We decided to change the flow as well – from…

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Learning to Explore
I’d say I have been naturally exploratory all my life, as many of us are, I learned a few early lessons in life. Like if you mix playing with lighters and dry wood that’s stored in a garage, sooner or later the whole thing will go up in smoke. Another thing I learned is that many journeys from the kitchen to the blazing garage with nothing but a small teacup of water to pour onto said fire is not…

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The future of Testing
“Meteorites, extinction, the end is nigh…Colin Garlick recently posted a blog entitled ’The Impending Extinction of Testers’, it was a blog that was provocative (and intentionally so) to get us all thinking about test automation and the future of testing. Having been in the testing field for almost 18 years I’d say that most of my value added work for various organisations hasn’t been and is not…

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New course for 2016: Agile Test Automation
In 2016, SoftEd launches a brand new Agile Test Automation program.  We talk with SoftEd trainer, Colin Garlick about all things automation. How has this course changed? This course provides more hands-on training on the techniques of test automation and the use of some of the most popular tools.   These techniques are put into the wider context of the testing process, including why you would use…

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