Software Testing and related topics from Software Development Expert Alan Richardson. Covering topics like: Software Testing, Exploratory Testing, Test Automation, Test Management, Software Development and Programming. Show notes at https://eviltester.com/show
The Test Automation Pyramid Episode
This episode covers the Test Automation Pyramid, created by Mike Cohen in 2008-2009 in the book "Succeeding With Agile". We will go beyond the diagram and look at the model that supports it. Then deep dive into the model to explore it's meaning in relation to Automated Execution Coverage, not Testing.
- The model was created by Mike Cohen in 2008-2009 in the book "Succeeding With Agile."
- The original model focused on UI, service level, and unit level automation.
- Over the years, different interpretations and variations of the model have emerged.
- The term "service level" in the model has led to ambiguity and different interpretations.
- The diagram in the model is a simplified representation of a deeper underlying model.
- The focus should be on achieving coverage at the most appropriate level in the system.
- The model addresses the importance of avoiding duplication and redundancy in automated coverage.
- The process and team structure can impact the effectiveness of the model.
- The model can be reframed as an automated execution coverage pyramid.
The Test Cases and Scripts Episode
The most common Testing Entities that I've encountered over the years are:
Test ConditionTest ScenarioTest CaseTest Script
In my Testing I pretty much now have:
Test IdeaTest Log (Execution Log)
Is there any value in the original Testing Entities? There might be if we view them as logical concepts, but not really as physical artifacts.
The Manual Testing Show
Top 3 Phrases that should carry trigger warnings for the Test Community:
- Manual Testing
- Test Automation
- Quality Assurance
In this episode I'm going to talk about Manual Testing.
So that's your Trigger Warning.
And I'm going to talk about what we might want to say instead of "Manual Testing"
Manual QA is Dead
Episode 017 - Manual QA is Dead - The Evil Tester Show
Manual QA is dead. Companies are getting rid of their QA teams. Quality Control performed manually is phasing out of style. What can we do instead? Become coaches, assistants or advisors? We could become developers? Or we could be better testers. QA and Quality Control is not Testing. This might be how people learn.
Test Automation Biases
In episode 16 of The Eviltester Show we are looking at Test Automation Biases, what they are, how to avoid them, and how to evaluate your own biases.
00:00 What is an Automation Bias?
00:29 Treat all opinions as biased
01:50 Automating a GUI is Slow and Flaky
03:36 Automate through the API
05:23 Code Free Automating is Bad
06:17 Tool X is Better than Y
07:04 Postman is Better than Insomnia
08:54 Python is Better than Java
10:24 Seeing Through Biases
12:52 Try it, then decide
13:17 Page Objects vs Screenplay
14:52 Take Responsibility
16:11 External Experience
17:02 Start Small, Make Progress
17:50 Do not ignore issues
20:34 Be Real rather than Believe
21:18 Keep Options Open
22:48 Be Aware of your biases
23:19 It takes time
Exploratory Testing Government Guidance
In this episode we have a discussion of a UK government guide to exploratory testing.
The aim is not to criticise the document, the aim is to use it as a base from which to see how far our thoughts diverge or overlap with the document. I want to know what I can learn.
Show notes are here:
This podcast, was originally released to Patreon supporters in January of 2019,
I read through the document and try to understand the intent and meaning behind statements and offer my own thoughts.