At the the recent “Online Test Conference – Fall 2020” a workshop reminded me to look at the problem. And it’s always a people problem. Which got me thinking later on in the program – what’s this talk trying to solve?Continue reading
There are so many different IT projects out there – that assuming every IT project is about source code is quite a blind spot. Projects that deal with commercial standard systems or outsourced software might have source code underneath – but many teams does not have access to the source. Additionally, many legacy systems from the 90’es and older does not have the same automation capabilities as we have now.
Not all software projects are about consumer facing native apps and websites. While they are numerous there’s still plenty of systems out there for internal and business-to-business use. While the trends from CI/CD are picking up for B2B and internal systems, things doesn’t move so fast.Continue reading
You, yourself, is responsible for getting the training, learning and knowledge you need. Don’t wait for your boss – be proactive, it drives your success. Here are some places to start:
Meetup’s are happening online now, which removes one primary barrier to attending great talks. Similarly conferences go online, some with a fee, some for free – some even in multiple time zones. Lastly online training sites are abundant with relevant information for the challenges you have. Yes – also for you!
Just this week, April 2020, I’m attending:
- Smart Bear Connect 2020, online / live
- Lean Agile Scotland 2019 recording
- Test Bash @ home 24 hour online / live
With plenty of talks about risk based testing, test management in the light of automated deliveries, BDD etc. With live slack groups the experience is almost as the physical conferences :). Next up in may is the Online Test Conf, Spring 2020 with topics for everyone in convenient global time slots.
When your boss says there’s no budget for attending conferences in person this year (again!), there are other ways to attend – physically. You could try to submit a talk and get accepted, but the barrier is quite high. A great way is simply to reach out and volunteer to help the program committee. If you can time it, with regards to the budget year, ask you boss based on the conference program aligned with your company strategy. At least what the boss should do is to allow it to be company time – else take the time off. …
If you are hungry to learn
What I see in the global testing community is that Scandinavians are complacently waiting for the company to pay time, money and effort to their learning, while people in emergent economies (Hi Sfax and Argentina) are eager to learn and on the forefront of the trends of the trade. They are driving the change of a positive inclusive community.
And for you!
if you still work in silos, your success – will be lessMike Lyles, Smart Bear connect 2020
Links on the topic: Shifting is more than Shift Left as presented at the OnlineTestConf Fall 2017.
- It is time to get realistic about test automation https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/time-get-realistic-test-automation-bas-dijkstra/
- WHY I LOST MY JOB AS A TEST MANAGER AND WHAT I LEARNT AS A RESULT…https://nordictestingdays.eu/files/files/stephen_janaway-why_i_lost_my_job_as_a_test_manager.pdf
- Fun Times in Environment Provisioning Testing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuk3K46kWjM
- Test Manager vs. Test Coach http://katrinatester.blogspot.dk/2017/02/test-manager-vs-test-coach.html
- How to start a Test Coach role http://katrinatester.blogspot.dk/2017/09/how-to-start-test-coach-role.html
My own writings:
I’m speaking at the Fall 2017 Online Test Conference on the topic: Shifting is more than Shift Left
Change is happening to the testing activities. Shift-left automates and codifies the testing activities. Shift-right does it for production.
This session will be about a couple of other trends, changes and shifts that’s happening to testers and test managers.
– Shift-Coach, where It’s more about coaching teams.
– Shift-SME, where it’s more about business savvy.
– Shift-Deliver, where it’s more about the road to production
- Goal-Aligned Test Strategies, Leanpub 2022
Presentations, Webinars & Podcasts
- Staff Testing Roles – As Inspired By the book Staff Engineer, Test Bash Leadership, March 2022 [link].
- “Create Test Strategies Based On Business Needs” 99 minutes online workshop, October 2021 + February 2022. [Available with subscription]
- Map Camp, Use Case edition, Nov 2021: We have outsmarted ourselves … again
- “Discussion: Test Strategies” Panel by the Ministry of Testing, September 2021 [Available with subscription].
- “When Subject Matter Experts test” at Test Bash Manchester 2020 [Available online with subscription: MoT Dojo]
- Testers’ Island Discs Ep36 – Jesper Ottosen June 2020, [https://www.ministryoftesting.com/dojo/lessons/testers-island-discs-ep36-jesper-ottosen]
- Issues Faced by Test Managers – Online Panel Discussion with Maryam Umar, Jesper Ottosen and Tony Bruce [Issues Faced by Test Managers, Xpertise Recruitment May 2020]
- Test Bash Brighton 2020 : How to Coach Subject Matter Experts to Do Testing (cancelled due to Corona Lock Down) [https://jlottosen.wordpress.com/2019/10/15/testbashbrighton2020]
- TUTORIAL: Getting the Test Strategy Right for the Context [ConTest NYC 2019] This workshop is about exploring where and how testing takes place, what makes the contexts different, and how evaluate the risks and design test strategies around various contexts. Development of context-driven testing strategies will enhance the valuable testing output, allow to save resources and budget, and pick the right tools to support testing activities. [https://contestnyc2019.sched.com/event/QOdo/tutorial-getting-the-test-strategy-right-for-the-context]
- Leading When the Subject Matter Experts Test [ConTest NYC 2019] I will look into some of the IT projects, I’ve done and talk about how to lead and coach Subject Matter Experts in testing, what motivates them, and what tools to use and testing heuristics I’ve seen work. [https://contestnyc2019.sched.com/event/QOd8/leading-when-the-subject-matter-experts-test]
- RPA for testing [TestBusters-Night Vienna, Mar 2019] https://www.meetup.com/Agile-Testautomation/events/258248240/
- Guilty Tester Podcast #7 [Dec 2018] http://theguiltytester.libsyn.com/the-guilty-tester-episode-4-jesper-ottosen-with-a-little-help-from-new-friends
- Experiences in Infrastructure testing [UKSTAR2018] https://ukstar.eurostarsoftwaretesting.com/submission/experiences-in-testing-infrastructure-projects/
- Shifting is more than Shifting Left [OnlineTestConf Fall ’17] http://www.onlinetestconf.com/sessions/shifting-is-more-than-shift-left/
- Testroller under forandring [QA Network Aarhus May 2017] https://www.linkedin.com/groups/7464582/7464582-6262214517544099844
- Testing roles are shifting, but where to? [Ministry of Testing Copenhagen, march 2017]: https://www.meetup.com/Ministry-of-Testing-Copenhagen/events/236352211/
- How to test in IT operations [Nordic Testing Days 2016]: http://nordictestingdays.eu/files/files/03-06-2016-grande3-jesper-lindholt-ottosen_how-to-test-in-it-operations_28apr.pptx.pdf
- 21st Century Skills For Testers [Collection by Kramer & Ayadi, jan 2021]: apply the 21st-century skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
- Test Automation for Software-as-a-Service Solutions [Synapse QA SuperReads, Jan 2021]: New tools are breaking ground in this space and have some clear benefits, yet also have to apply some good-old automation practices. https://synapse-qa.com/2021/01/13/automation-for-saas/
- Could Modern Testing Work in The Enterprise [Guest blog for Panaya, May 2018] So far I have mostly thought that “Modern Testing” of the A/B testing podcast would never work in an enterprise context. But it seems some tools and existing approaches in the enterprises already fits well with the ideas of the concept. http://www.panaya.com/blog/testing/could-modern-testing-work-in-the-enterprise/
- DevOps is cool, but get involved in OpsDev for Test Environment Management too! [Guest blog post for Plutora, Oct 2017] The hyped mnemonic “DevOps” is equally true the other way around: OpsDev http://www.plutora.com/blog/opsdev-test-environments-management
- Testing during Transition: Test Criteria for Outsourced Software [Sticky Minds by TechWell, May 2017] In the world of IT outsourcing, it is not uncommon for a company to have its applications and infrastructure developed or maintained by others. How would you design acceptance criteria of a transition trial so that it is testable and clearly communicated? https://www.stickyminds.com/article/testing-during-transition-test-criteria-outsourced-software
- Using Business Decisions to Drive Your Testing Coverage [Sticky Minds by TechWell, November 2014] In a business setting, software testers have a great challenge: to articulate how they support the business lines. One way to approach this is by addressing the business decisions—and there are plenty around. Use them to drive your testing activities and increase the business decisions being covered by testing. http://www.stickyminds.com/article/using-business-decisions-drive-your-testing-coverage
- The answer is: Why – because the answer depends on context.[The Testing Circus,vol.6 2.ed February 2015]: When asked about testing approaches, the options are so plentiful, that the reply is often “It depends” – and followed by a range of elaborations. But in our eager to reply, we forget to listen. http://www.testingcircus.com/february-2015/
- The Testcases Template Trick – Getting One Testcase To Call Another [EuroStar TestHuddle, Nov 2014]: When doing test analysis I often find that we need to do test some customer feature over and over again for a range of combinations. I recently found myself able to redo a trick I learned a long time ago https://huddle.eurostarsoftwaretesting.com/the-testcases-template-trick/
Articles for The Ministry of Testing, 2011+
- Robot Process Automation As A Power Tool For Testing [Ministry of Testing Dojo, Mar 2018]: While there are other power tools for web and API testing, the RPA tools are a class of their own, as RPA tools allow for codeless automation macros on the desktop. RPA tools can do some very handy things. They can be used for both test data and regression testing. In this article, we’ll walk through a real testing example and show how you can get started using RPA. [TOP 6 on the Ministry of testing 2018 article list]
- Testing is Shifting [Testing Planet 2017 by the Ministry of Testing, Mar 2017]: Change is the only constant, they say, but we still need to manage change – and cope with it. Coping not only means surviving mentally, but also adjusting to whatever happens and figuring out how to be productive and create value for our stakeholders when things change. [https://dojo.ministryoftesting.com/lessons/testing-is-shifting]
- About Closure [The Testing Planet by Ministry of Testing, Nov 2014] When I’m in a testing activity I want my test cases [Passed], my user stories [done] and my coffee [black]. Stuff may have a start point, some states in between and an end state. Let’s look at ways to represent states and articulate the meaning of states. [Reposted: Closing the Gaps]
- The Daily Defect Count and the Image of a Camel [The Testing Planet by The Ministry of Testing, April 2014] Count the defects daily – the ones that are part of the project work load. The number goes up and down during the cycle – why and what can you learn? [Reposted: A Track down History ]
- The Day Testing Died But Didn’t [The Testing Planet by Ministry of Testing, Jan 2014] To play according to textbooks is fine, up to a certain level. Perhaps up to master level, but not to grand masters. [Reposted: Chess and Testing ]
- One Test Case is All You Need [The Testing Planet by The Ministry of Testing, November 2013] If you can come up with just one business transaction – that crystallizes why the customer will be kicking and screaming to want to use your application, then you have a very good understanding of your customer and all you need is that one testcase. [Reposted: One Test Case is All You Need. Original on WebArchive.org]
- Recognize and Acknowledge Your Skills [The Testing Planet by the Ministry of Testing, June 2013] What you know and what you do is an important part of being you. Often it is required to rethink: What do I know? What are my skills? How strong are they? [Reposted: https://jlottosen.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/tying-it-all-together/]
- The Build-A-Tester Workshop [The Testing Planet by The Ministry of Testing, June 2013] A small social game of Build-A-Tester can be used in a team to open the discussion, less formally than with Belbin and MBTI checklists. [on WebArchive.org]
- A Little Track History that goes a Long Way [The Testing Planet by Ministry of Testing, July 2011] The purpose of this tracking tool is to collect just enough data to answer the frequent question “Will we finish on time” [Reposted; A Track down History ]