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The RBCS podcast allows you to stay current on important topics in software testing – on your iPod. Subscribe to the RBCS podcast and, about twice a month, you'll learn something new and interesting. Rex will share important lessons learned from RBCS' software test consulting, training, and outsourcing engagements, such as software test management, software testing metrics and results reporting, software test training, system test, unit testing, test automation and other software testing topics. Listen while exercising, going for a walk, shopping, or driving, and become a more informed software tester.

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The RBCS podcast allows you to stay current on important topics in software testing – on your iPod. Subscribe to the RBCS podcast and, about twice a month, you'll learn something new and interesting. Rex will share important lessons learned from RBCS' software test consulting, training, and outsourcing engagements, such as software test management, software testing metrics and results reporting, software test training, system test, unit testing, test automation and other software testing topics. Listen while exercising, going for a walk, shopping, or driving, and become a more informed software tester.

    Free Webinar: Exploring the Different Ways Organizations are Adopting TMMi with Martin Adcock

    Free Webinar: Exploring the Different Ways Organizations are Adopting TMMi with Martin Adcock

    TMMi has become the leading model for test process improvement, but how are organizations adopting TMMi and what issues are they addressing? Join us as we welcome guest presenter, Martin Adcock, Managing Director of Experimentus who have been helping organizations to deliver TMMi based solutions for over 14 years, as he explores how organizations have adopted TMMi and are using it to improve their test process and give them a competitive edge.

    • 31 min
    Free Webinar: Experiences in Exploratory Test Automation: Two Points of View at Two with Rex Black and Rob Sabourin

    Free Webinar: Experiences in Exploratory Test Automation: Two Points of View at Two with Rex Black and Rob Sabourin

    Join Rex Black and Rob Sabourin for a lively back-and-forth on the topic followed by a Q&A opportunity. Rob observes that, today, many software testers are challenged to quickly identify product quality concerns amidst turbulent project contexts. Business, technology, and organizational factors change frequently. Testers are forced to continuously adapt, to think on their feet, and to provide stakeholders, team members and even system users with meaningful feedback about quality concerns, and operational readiness.

    There are many different test automation technologies which can facilitate the control and observation of software.  Rob notes that, among his customers, test automation technologies are mainly limited to implementing automated verification checks, as part of regression suites, in continuous integration and deployment processes.

    This webinar will address the problem of how test automation tools, methods, and techniques can be effectively used to facilitate, and improve the efficiency of, exploratory testing.

    Robert Sabourin has more than thirty-eight years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed, trained, mentored, and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug! the popular software testing children’s book, Robert is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University.  Robert is the principal consultant (&president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc.

    • 38 min
    Uses and Misuses of Common Testing Metrics: Two Points of View at Two with Rex Black and Dawn Haynes

    Uses and Misuses of Common Testing Metrics: Two Points of View at Two with Rex Black and Dawn Haynes

    Test case metrics. Defect metrics. Requirements coverage metrics. Code coverage metrics. Metrics, metrics, metrics: yep, we got metrics in software testing, but do we use them properly? 


    Following up on his popular keynote and webinar, “Stupid Metrics Tricks and How to Avoid Them,” testing metrics advocate Rex Black decided to have a discussion about how we use and, all too often, misuse metrics in software with fellow testing professional Dawn Haynes, a testing metrics skeptic. There are sure to be some interesting disagreements as well as some unexpected agreements. 


    Join Dawn and Rex for a lively back-and-forth on the topic of metrics, followed by a Q&A opportunity.

    • 43 min
    Free Webinar: Evolution Over Revolution – How to Transform Your Testing with Julie Gardiner

    Free Webinar: Evolution Over Revolution – How to Transform Your Testing with Julie Gardiner

    You may have heard the saying “The only constant on any project is change.” Yet the prospect of change is rarely welcomed—either personally or professionally. How is it that we still believe that these changes apply to others but not to us? Julie Gardiner says that now is the time to re-evaluate and transform how we test in order to deliver more value to organizations—from a people, processes, and tools perspective. She examines, how we’ve gotten to this stage in terms of our role and what skills are vital for us to be prepared for the next stage.

    • 56 min
    One Key Idea: Measuring the Value of Testing Using Cost of Quality

    One Key Idea: Measuring the Value of Testing Using Cost of Quality

    You know that testing and quality is important, right? Okay, prove it. Exactly how much money do you think testing saves? Yes, that’s right saves. Testing is often thought of as a regrettable cost center, something that must be funded to avoid some dimly-understood “bad stuff that could happen.” In fact, software testing and other quality assurance activities save money. Typically, every dollar spent on testing saves eight dollars in the long run. In this One Key Idea session, Rex will demonstrate the use of cost of quality, a technique known for over 50 years, using a real world case study and a spreadsheet you can download and use that same day. Testers, know your value!

    • 34 min
    Free Webinar: Quality and AI-based Systems

    Free Webinar: Quality and AI-based Systems

    In this month’s webinar, we are happy to welcome guest speaker, Adam Leon Smith. Adam is CTO of Dragonfly and is focused on testing, quality and AI. With two decades experience in environments, development, testing, quality and project delivery in addition to commercial experience, he is the chair of the British Computer Society's Special Interest Group in software testing, and works with international standardization committees developing AI and quality-related standards.


    AI is a complex topic and is the biggest technical renaissance to impact testing for at least two decades.  Adam will talk about intrinsic quality issues with AI, challenges in testing AI-based systems, and new techniques and methods.  In addition, he will cover emerging AI-enhanced testing tools that are yet to get much coverage.

    • 27 min

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