The Software Minefield
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The Software Minefield

A Test Sheep's Guide

About the Book

This book offers a fresh look at ideas in Software Testing. Collected from over 15 years experience, this book is aimed at people who are already testers but who are looking to,

* challenge and validate their approach to testing,

* manage and expand their learning,

* champion testing practises within their department

* develop positive office relationships

* manage testing in their teams

Designed with the busy tester in mind, this book has been writen on a modular level to allow readers to pick-and-choose the areas they want to read and develop. But most of all it's designed to be a fun and accessable read.

Priced at $4.99, this is the same price as an edition of Cosmopolitan. So do you want to find out what's fashionable this season in clothes, or what's in vogue with testing?

The choice is yours ...

About the Author

Mike Talks
Mike Talks

Mike Talks started his software career in Weymouth, England but can currently be found in and around Wellington, New Zealand. Over 15 years the career journey has definitely exceeded the geographical one. During that time, he has worked on projects from RAF avionics systems, Government information platforms, banking transactions network and a few Flash websites.

He played rugby until recently, and now manages his son's football team. He believes a large part of success in software comes from building a team who communicate, and want to work together toward a common goal.

Table of Contents

  1. By way of introduction
  2. Learning
  3. The path of knowledge
  4. Channels of learning
  5. I love it when a plan comes together
  6. How to use this book
  7. I, Tester …
  8. So what is software testing?
  9. Testing’s Men in Black
  10. Schrodinger’s code …
  11. Crossing the testing minefield
  12. Customer reality
  13. The fundamentals of testing …
  14. Some FAQs about Defects …
  15. Waterfalls and other roadmaps to quality
  16. Learning to test with Big Trak
  17. The “I” in team …
  18. Smells like team spirit …
  19. The Agile Haka
  20. Yabber Dabber don’t!
  21. Chicken Little and the Tester who cried “BUG!”
  22. The Kobayashi Maru of office relationships
  23. The Rugby World Cup – learning to celebrate
  24. Why is it so important to be able to socialise after work?
  25. The myth of Superman, and why it must die
  26. The problems we can’t fix …
  27. Managing the testing effort
  28. The view from the Test Manager’s gallery
  29. Roles and responsibilities 101
  30. I’m too busy!
  31. Pace
  32. Just do it!
  33. The stand-up meeting
  34. Drudgery in project communication
  35. Communication - the better ways of doing it …
  36. Testing and the Cassandra syndrome
  37. Those darn test estimates …
  38. Are we there yet? - The metrics of destination
  39. Getting your testing project into orbit!
  40. The management yellow brick road
  41. Doing the outsourcing shuffle …
  42. Our risky business
  43. Safety is critical …
  44. Making the BIG decisions
  45. The curse of indecision
  46. Indecision and other vices …
  47. This thing called Agile
  48. All the cool kids do Agile …
  49. The Agile principles
  50. Agile in a nutshell
  51. Agile and the thorny world of DIY …
  52. Keep It Simple (Stupid)
  53. Lets go Agile! Why do we need a coach?
  54. The world’s first Agile project … or “We tried fire and it didn’t work”
  55. An Agile Murder Mystery
  56. Technology
  57. Getting the right tools
  58. Test automation
  59. Cometh the Cloud …
  60. SOA testing
  61. Closing thoughts
  62. Learning through books
  63. Get involved online …
  64. Join the Twitter testing community
  65. Dedications
  66. About the author

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