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1. The State of Testing Report

The State of Testing 2013 report contains the results of a survey done by Joel Montvelisky from PractiTest together with Tea-Time with Testers. The survey, which has been filled in by people from testing and QA communities, provides insight in the adoption of test techniques and practices, test automation, and the challenges that testers are facing.

InfoQ did an interview with Joel about the state of testing survey, agile testing, the skills of testers and testing challenges.

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1. Take a Test Drive: Acceptance Test-Driven Development

In this interview, principal consultant and Agile Artisans founder, Jared Richardson, explains how misunderstanding requirements can cause major issues within an organization. He covers why team members need to communicate, how big projects are often mishandled, and the value of agile.

Josiah Renaudin: Now, your STARWEST tutorial, titled, “Take a Test Drive, Acceptance Test-Driven Development” digs into the value of acceptance tests. Could you talk a bit more about how misunderstanding requirements can lead to mistrust within the organization?

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Apple’s new iOS8 is being hailed as one of the most significant operating system releases ever as it comes with even more applications and features than any other Apple operating system to date. That being said, this new release means testers and QA managers need to be on their A game when it comes to testing mobile applications. Your testing strategy must account for both new features and any complications iOS8 could bring.

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1. The Power of an Agile Mindset

Linda Rising discusses the “agile mindset” – an attitude that equates failure and problems with opportunities for learning – sharing practical suggestions to become even more agile.

Rising is an internationally known presenter on topics related to patterns, retrospectives, the change process, and how your brain works, Linda is the author of a number of publications and four books: Design Patterns in Communications; The Pattern Almanac 2000, A Patterns Handbook; and co-author with Mary Lynn Manns of Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas.

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1. What Has the Future Prepared For Testers?

It’s amazing how some of the craziest predictions from books and/or movies are entering our lives. Robots, space crafts, Wi-Fi. Can you imagine people believing in tech like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth while reading about it (well, not quite it, but something similar) in books published in the 40’s? And nowadays tech predictions are even wilder. But we’ll get to that later.
How come writers are guessing what will come next? They look at trends. Trends do serve as messages on what to prepare to. Like now testers need to do more coding, that is a trend. Where will it lead? That is not too hard to follow. We all remember it and now we have Google’s smart car. Nice, right? But what does it give us, the tester community? More responsibility, that’s what.

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