Making sense of software quality... that’s what testers aim to do and that’s what this podcast is all about. Join Abstracta COO, Federico Toledo, PhD as he dares to interview some of his role models and industry leaders who are awesome at what they do to get advice that can help us be better testers and enable our teams to create higher quality software.
Expect insights on today’s most pressing topics and good practices from the creators and collaborators of your favorite software testing tools, methodologies, conferences, etc. An Uruguayan in Silicon Valley, you’ll also hear Federico share his views from over 15 years of training testers and working with clients like CA Technologies and Shutterfly.
S3 E4 - Erika Chestnut - The role of test automation in Calendly's test strategy
In this episode I had a conversation with Erika Chestnut, Head of QA at Calendly. She started her career as a developer, but after complaining about quality a few times too many, she found herself learning more about software testing. Today she is a Quality Coach, mentor, consultant, and a keynote speaker.
Listen to the episode to learn about how test automation plays a role in Calendly’s test strategy, and as with every guest, her advice for testers on good habits, recommended reads, and more.
- How Erika first learned about testing and why she is passionate about it
- Building a solid foundation for automation
- Pros and cons of having the developers at Calendly drive test automation
- How they align the developer’s test automation efforts with non-automated testing driven by the testers in order to cover what’s important at the different layers and to avoid duplicate tests
- Involving DevOps and Customer Experience to perform stakeholder testing
Check out relevant links and the transcript of the show here: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/erika-chestnut-calendly-test-automation/
S3E3 - Stephanie Gordiola - Recruiting software testers
Are you looking for a new job or want to become a more hirable tester? Today I invited my first guest from the team at Abstracta, Stephanie Gordiola. You may recognize her on LinkedIn as the one who spreads the word of new opportunities to work at Abstracta!
"Steph" is a psychologist and English teacher who has been on our team for two years, recruiting, interviewing, and helping to hire software testers from all over, with different levels of experience and areas of expertise. Among other things, she’s helped us to hire 52 testers and counting.
Listen to today's episode if you want an inside look into our software testing recruiting and hiring processes.
- What testers should keep in mind when going through the recruitment process
- The importance of soft skills and how recruiters can assess them
- Allowing for authenticity and how it enriches a company's diversity
- Ways to increase the chances of hiring someone who is a great fit
- Things you should do every day to get better at a foreign language
Go here for the episode transcript and relevant links: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/recruiting-software-testers/
S3E2 - Katya Aronov - Involving devs in the quality process
Have you thought about making the switch to a commercial test automation framework? In this episode of Quality Sense, Katya Aronov shares how she managed to lead an organizational effort at her company, Trax, to involve devs in their quality processes, using Testim to create useful, stable, and reliable test automation.
- What is needed to create useful automation that benefits the whole team
- How can you be sure to make the best decision when choosing a tool?
- Why open source tools are not as free as we think
- How testers and devs can best collaborate, advocating a culture of quality
Check out the episode transcript and relevant links:
S3E1 - Laveena Ramchandani - Testing a data science model
Season three is here and we start it off with a brand new topic and featured guest, a rising speaker and blogger in the testing community, Laveena Ramchandani. Seven years ago she fell into testing, working in different industries from oil and gas to finance to consumer goods. Today she is exploring a new area: data science model testing.
Currently, 80% of UK businesses are looking to hire a data scientist or seek data consultancy. So, someone needs to go in and validate those models! Listen to the episode to learn how to she's testing a data science model, the testing process her team follows, advice for anyone getting started in this area, and more!
- What is a data science model and benefits it can bring for a business
- Risks when testing data science models to be aware of
- How she plans her testing activities
-Skills needed to be a tester in a data science project and advice
Check the transcript of the episode here and relevant links: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/testing-a-data-science-model/
S2 BONUS EPISODE - How to keep testers motivated (My ATD talk)
Today, I want to do something different. I gave a talk at this year's Agile Testing Days called “How to Keep Testers Motivated.” This is a very important topic for me because I manage the operations of a company with more than 100 testers. So, the high motivation of those working with us is a key factor for success. Success for the company, for the different teams and success for the people working with us.
Listen to this bonus episode that finishes up season two of Quality Sense if you want to hear some tips (and mistakes to avoid) when it comes to successfully leading software testers!
For the transcript of this episode, visit: https://abstracta.us/blog/culture/how-to-keep-software-testers-motivated/
S2E8 - Anand Bagmar - What you should know about visual testing
In today's episode, I interviewed Anand Bagmar from India. He has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry and today he's a Quality Evangelist and Solution Architect at Applitools. In this episode, we will learn more about visual testing and how it can enhance your test automation. Of course, we talked about Applitools, which is one of the best tools for this kind of testing. If you are involved with or interested in test automation, you will learn some very important things about it, including the importance of following a value-based and risk-based approach.
Read the transcript of this episode here: https://abstracta.us/blog/podcast/visual-testing/
Get a free trial of Applitools: https://applitools.com/
Access courses to improve your test automation skills: https://testautomationu.applitools.com/
Follow Anand on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BagmarAnand
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