The Software Testing Wheel – Neotys Testing Roundup

1. The Software Testing Wheel

A wheel is a beautiful thing—combine it with software testing terms and you’ve got the recipe for a masterpiece! Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but since its invention in 3500 B.C., the wheel has only been making life easier for everyone. Now, it’s the wheel’s time to shine for software testers. The creative minds over at JetBrains have put together a software testing wheel to answer questions based on the ISO standard for software product quality.

Application quality lies at the center of the wheel. It’s immediately surrounded by quality factors (inner layer), their attributes (middle layer), and the tests associated with each factor (outer layer). This article breaks down the wheel, examining each of the aforementioned layers. View it here!

2. Software Testing is Monotonous…Oh Really?

Ah, monotony—the dreaded side-effect of any profession. Many of us enter the workforce determined to avoid dragging days and “the same old, same old.” But the truth of the matter is, any job can seem monotonous. However, in this article, author Bhumika M. asserts that it’s not the position itself that induces monotony, it all comes down to an individual’s perception of the job.

Armed with a list of more than ten reasons why software testers may find their job monotonous, Bhumika M. proposes working on oneself to overcome it. From generating ideas to reading up on the industry to becoming more self-motivated, her suggestions are designed to get you out of your testing slump. Read on here.

3. What Flaky Tests Can Tell You

It’s easy to get in the habit of taking things at face value. Take flaky tests, for example. These are tests that pass or fail unexpectedly for reasons that appear random. In many cases, it can be tempting to shrug off flaky tests and use them to discredit automated end-to-end testing. But if you’re willing to look a little closer, flaky tests can convey some valuable information about your application and your team dynamic.

Dive into this StickyMinds article from Josh Grant in which he gives some technical and human examples of times flaky tests helped his testing efforts.

4. Love Hate Testing? How Words Make Us Feel

If you keep up with software testing articles, you know that Rosie Sherry is a pillar of the community. Her posts grace the pages of the Software Testing Club and the Ministry of Testing, among others, and cover a wide range of testing-related topics. In one of her latest Ministry of Testing posts, she calls for a little audience participation.

She notes that she’s been thinking about the way software testing words affect people. After collecting responses on Twitter and LinkedIn about what words testers don’t like, Sherry decided to take her research further. She wants to know:

“What words in software testing make you feel icky, bad, depressed or uninspired?”

“What words in software testing make you feel happy, awesome or energetic?”

She plans on collating the responses into an infographic or poster of some sort, so give her something to work with! Submit your responses to her questions here.

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