5 Ways to Revolutionize your QA

I can’t remember where I originally found this post and the corresponding eBook but the eBook is definitely worth taking a look at. Here is the former uTest blog post, now Applause blog post.

The 5 ways or insights are:

  1. There are two types of code and they require different types of testing
  2. Take your testing down a level from features to capabilities
  3. Take your testing up a level from test cases to techniques
  4. Improving development is your top priority
  5. Testing without innovation is a great way to lose talent

In point 2, James Whittaker also talks about a planning and analysis tool he used at Microsoft called a CFC or Component – Feature – Capability analysis. This allowed them to take testing down from features to capabilities.

The purpose is to understand the testable capabilities of a feature and to identify important interfaces where features interact with each other and external components. Once these are understood, then testing becomes the task of selecting environment and input variations that cover the primary cases.

While this tool was designed for testing desktop software I’m inclined to think it would work well for testing web applications. Essentially with the CFC you are mapping out the individual components / features in the web application in a branching form that closely resembles a mind map. Matter of fact a mind map might be better! =)

Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar by James Bach

I recently finished reading James Bach’s book Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar. I purchased the book mistakenly thinking it was a book on software testing (I didn’t really read the synopsis before buying it) but was pleasantly surprised after having read it.

I’d heard Bach was an expert in software testing, checked out his blog and then found this book online:

At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this book but it gets better as it goes on. Just as the title says it’s about how the pursuit of Self-Education can lead to success based on the author’s (James Bach) experience doing just that in the field of Software Testing.

I considered posting a book review here but I found this review on Amazon with which I agree. Now all I need to do is read his book Lessons Learned in Software Testing.