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Tangible Truths About
Technical Testing
TL;DR Testing is Technical
Let’s talk about being
“technical”...
...using the techniques of
the craft...
Accelerate the
achievement of shippable
quality
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Some rights reserved - Rino Peroni
Technical Testing
“Technical” == “coding”
“coding” == “automation”
“automation” == “UI Automation”
http://angryweasel.com
http://angryweasel.com
Stop thinking that technical
means coding
Stop worrying about being
technical
Instead, think about being
valuable
Of course, if you’re more
technical, you’re be more
valuable...
Accelerate the
achievement of shippable
quality
Augmentation over automation
“We can’t change it”
“It’s just the way it works”
“It’s management’s fault”
You can change your manager, or you can
change your manager.
Making change happen is part of being
successful in knowledge work.
Alan’s Tips:
Do it anyway
Experiment
Find allies
Reading recommendations:
...meanwhile, on the topic
of Technical Testing...
Filling your technical testing
toolbelt
1. Learn to something about
code
Scenario:
Every day, I find the latest version of our
software, then copy the files to my local machine,
then run setup, then start the app so I can do my
testing.
Make your testing easier
(accelerate your testing)
Read code
Ask Questions
Do you need to call
PrepareMagic here too?
Are there other types of
magic?
Why 42? What does it
mean?
Myth: Knowing how code works distracts you from testing
Fact: Use knowledge of code to design better tests
Myth: Coding is hard - leave it to the developers
Fact: Yes, coding is hard. But the harder problems to solve
are testing challenges
Myth: Too much coding leaves little time for testing
Fact: Too much of the wrong coding leaves little time for
testing
2. Learn to use tools
Scenario:
I need to know how many image requests our
web site gets.
I need to understand what our app (web or
desktop) is doing.
grep
F12
Fiddler (www.fiddler2.com)
Sysinternals tools
(https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb84
2062.aspx)
3. Learn new ideas
Big List o Naughty Strings
https://github.com/minimaxir/big-list-of-naughty-strings
Other github resources
http://www.kenst.com/2017/05/9-github-lists-for-testing/
http://www.kenst.com/2017/05/18-github-projects-for-testing/
Also:
- Virtualbox
- WireMock
- JMeter
- etc.
Discover what you don’t know
you don’t know
Keys to being “Technical”
Learn, learn, learn
Frequently experiment with different tools
Find out which tools your teammates and friends are using
Learn how (and when) to apply these tools to make your
testing (and your team) more efficient
Tools, skills, and techniques
are all essential to your
success
Learn, adapt, and influence.
http://angryweasel.com http://angryweasel.com/ABTesting
@alanpage
https://leanpub.com/TheAWord

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