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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.

    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
    Testing in the Dark with Rob Sabourin

    Testing in the Dark with Rob Sabourin

    Isn’t it amazing? Stakeholders drop software on our desk and expect us to test it with no requirements, no design and no product knowledge whatsoever. About the only clear thing is the absurd and unrealistic deadline. We are expected to bend over backward, spread magic pixie dust and heroically test quality into a product we never heard of before.


    But testing in the dark is not impossible – and as Rob Sabourin shows it can even be a very valuable and fun experience.


    Learn strategies to emerge from a murky fog into clear meaningful quality insights. Leverage unlikely sources about what stakeholder’s care about and what users really need the software to do.


    Join Rob’s quest to find important bugs fast, let “testing in the dark” illuminate you!

    • 59 min
    Free Webinar: White-Box Coverage and Automotive Testing

    Free Webinar: White-Box Coverage and Automotive Testing

    Automobiles can have millions of lines of code in them, and some of that code can have safety-critical implications. Various standards apply to safety-critical automotive code, dictating the level of code coverage required: statement, decision (or branch), or modified condition/decision coverage. To celebrate the launch of our new Automotive Software Testing course, we’re offering this free webinar. If you build or test automotive software, attend to get a taste of what you could learn in this course.


    In this free RBCS webinar, join Rex Black, President of RBCS, as he describes in detail what each of these levels of coverage means, how you can achieve it, and how to understand what code coverage tools are telling you.

    • 58 min

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