Please allow us to first wish you a very happy new year. May year 2017 be a year of all success, new learning about Software Testing, and maybe new challenges. Who knows what will be the future of testing? Software dev and test in 2017, what’s next?
New year always comes with good resolutions too.
Mobile phones are everywhere and almost every service in the world has its own application. If not, the website is responsive and can be used on a small screen with bad network, and not only on your desktop with a fiber network. As a tester of a website or an Android/iPhone/WinPhone application, you need to test it as a real user, meaning on one or more smartphones or at least on the most used by your users/customers. It includes manual and automatic testing though. What if you don’t have one billion €uros/$ollars/£ounds to buy all the smartphones needed to be tested? Will you rely on Chrome dev tools for browsers application, knowing that developers already “quickly” test their work with it?
This is the fourth and last article of the series about cognitive biases. Please start with this first article if it’s not done yet: Manage your biases as a tester Part 1. In this last one, we’ll see some biases of the category “What should we remember” of the Buster Benson‘s categorization according to his article
What should we remember?
Something very positive will generally have less of an impact on a person’s behaviour and cognition than something equally emotional but negative.
Be careful not being too negative about someone else work, because it will have a greater impact on people than the opposite positive words. Because of the “Ikea effect”, everyone is very sensible about his own work and want it to be appreciated, not criticized. We, software testers, have this responsibility to be good communicators in all circumstances; for good news, but also for bad news. Also, giving some empathy will always be rewarded.
Here are a few reads we recommend this week
Do I need to write an automatic check or should I manually test (with or without tools)? Alan Richardson (Eviltester for friends) has his own point of view in this article: http://blog.eviltester.com/2016/10/q-when-do-we-prefer-manual-testing-over.html
No testing in DevOps, or testing everywhere. Dan Ashby has an answer here: https://danashby.co.uk/2016/10/19/continuous-testing-in-devops/
Who are you testers? The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Teamwork for Software Testers.
Interested in a feedback about a work with remote Software Testing students? Read this story: https://medium.com/linagora-engineering/working-with-software-testing-students-b8fddccb53b7