Review of the Paris Test Conf

Review of the Paris Test Conf

On 21/11/19 took place the first edition of the Paris Test Conf which is a conference created by software test enthusiasts and without sponsors. They were just helped by Agile France for some tasks: administration, looking for insurance, various and varied expenses to advance. When you are a volunteer and want to gather 150 people for a day at a reasonable price (150€ a day with breakfast, meals and drinks) this is a huge advantage. Once on site, no sponsors with goodies and no talk or keynote with a product to show or any other company selling its merits as a leader in France and around the world.

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Our reading recommendations of the week #39 – 2019

Our reading recommendations of the week #39 – 2019

Dear readers, it’s not easy to find time for reading and improve our tester skills. Hopefully, we try to gather a few articles that have a certain interest if you are in a continuous improvement process. This week, we share with you these 3 subjects around automation:

  • Writing Good Gherkin Enables Good Test Automation
  • UI Test Automation Frameworks Showdown: TestCafé versus Nightwatch.js
  • Beyond Page Objects: Next Generation Test Automation with Serenity and the Screenplay Pattern

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Automation, a work for testers or developers?

Automation, a work for testers or developers?

Lots of companies don’t have any Testing or QA Team, and in DevOps environment, most of them are thinking about adding a new role to start a new project for test automation. Maybe that you already have some unit tests, integration tests or service tests that are executed on your CI, and these have for sure been written by developers.

But what is the strategy behind that? Are these tests really relevant and useful? Are they passing all the time and not ignored? Do you need a new team to manage these test activities or is the actual team with no dedicated tester enough? And finally what are all these roles including “Developers in Test” in the name?

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A (former) tester interview – Stephen Janaway

A (former) tester interview – Stephen Janaway

For this new interview, we have the pleasure of introducing
you a very specific profile, Stephen Janaway.

Stephen evolved from various testing-focused roles, such as
test manager or test coach, to different positions whose testing is only a part of the iceberg, such as delivery manager.

‘Leaving’ testing if you move towards a different role ?

Not really.

At least, not exactly. Stephen shares his vision with us.

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Testing Testers: How to hire quality

Testing Testers: How to hire quality

Recruiting for a new hire, or finding a new job of your own, has never been easy. It becomes even more difficult when your profession is poorly known and often ill considered.

If you read blogs or magazines dedicated to software testing then you have probably encountered some of the common misconceptions about testing: that testing is mostly a repetitive and boring task, that testers are solely responsible for errors on production servers, that everything can be automated and therefore the job of the tester will disappear, that testers are unskilled developers, etc.

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