How Can I Test This?
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How Can I Test This?

Examples of how to test different sites and apps, along with the test heuristics applied, the reasoning and tool ideas.

About the Book

If you have ever wondered, what do you mean by that? This is the book for you.

This book puts examples at the forefront.

Instead of test theory being front and centre, with maybe an example or two if you’re lucky, this book makes examples the focus.

We’ll share:

  • The scenarios/features/sites that need to be tested (the example)
  • Which test heuristics we would apply, why and how
  • Any assumptions we would make (which of course should be communicated)
  • How we would limit scope and why
  • Tools we would utilise (with links to read up on those tools)

It’s like we are right there with you!

But in eBook format.

Included chapters:

  • Chapter 1: How Can I Test Sign-In for an E-commerce Site?
  • Chapter 2: How Can I Test a Web Application That Has a Microservices Architecture?
  • Chapter 3: How Can I Test an Update Booking functionality on the API of a Booking Platform?
  • Chapter 4: How Can I Test Sort Functionality for a Discussion Forum?
  • Chapter 5: How Can I Test a Banking Mobile Application?
  • Chapter 6: How Can I Test Subscriptions Within a Mobile Application?
  • Chapter 7: How Can I Test Unsubscribing From a Job Board?
  • Chapter 8: How Can I Test Online Order Tracking on an E-Commerce Site? (Not included in May 2 MVP)

(Chapter 1: How Can I Test Sign-In for an E-commerce Site? is included in the free sample).

To see the testimonials, scroll down to the testimonials section.

About the Authors

Nicola Lindgren
Nicola Lindgren

Nicola Lindgren is a Senior QA Engineer/ QA Manager, based in Malmö, Sweden. She is an international conference speaker, frequent blogger and avid learner of all things testing, agile and leadership.

Nicola started two testing meetups (one in Auckland, New Zealand and one in Stockholm, Sweden), has taught software testing courses and run workshops, coached and mentored multiple testers and written for various testing publications. She has also been a co-instructor for the BBST Foundations course multiple times.

She blogs about testing, automation, personal development and agile at nicolalindgren.com.

Nicola Lindgren

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Mike Harris
Mike Harris

Mike has been working in testing for 20 years and is currently the tester for Geckoboard. He has been a member of a test team, a Solo Tester and a Test Lead. He has also worked as a part of waterfall, lean and agile teams.

Mike has a B.Sc.(HONS) from Middlesex University and is an Associate of the University of Hertfordshire. He has set up and led a Testing Community of Practice and been part of a successful agile transition. He is also Programme Secretary of the British Computer Society’s Specialist Interest Group in Software Testing.

He also contributed to the e-book Testing Stories and has had articles published by the Ministry of Testing and The QA Lead.

In his spare time he coaches his daughters cricket team

Mike has a blog at http://testandanalysis.home.blog/

Suman Bala
Suman Bala

Suman Bala is a Lead Test Architect with a passion for improvement in quality processes and is a strong believer in Test Automation. She feels proud of how people’s perspective has changed regarding testing throughout her career. She is striving to instil the idea that quality is everyone’s responsibility as opposed to merely laying it at the feet of QA. She is a co-organiser for the Ministry of Testing Buckinghamshire meet-up. She is a mentor and coach at work and within the wider testing community. She has contributed to “Testing Stories” and “How can I test” eBooks. She is co-designing and delivering the “Software Testing Bootcamp” sponsored by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sumanbala/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sumanbala867

Philip Wong
Philip Wong

Phil Wong is an ordinary tester who is based in the UK. At the point this book was released, he has managed to keep this job title for about 1308 days. The first job he took on was a job board but now he has leveled up to testing mobile apps (secret project).

His day to day means wielding an iPhone and iPad in one hand, Android Tablet and Phone in the other. You can connect with this man of few words on LinkedIn.

Shawn Shaligram
Shawn Shaligram

Shawn Shaligram is a Staff Test Engineer/Manager, based in San Francisco, California. He has been a member of an agile team, a Solo Tester and an ICM leading a team of 3 testers and SDETs working primarily on mobile apps.  He has also contributed to the e-book Starting Your Software Testing Career 

In his spare time he plays a lot of cricket and tennis.

LinkedIn - Shawn Shaligram / https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawn-shaligram/

Twitter - Shawn Shaligram / https://twitter.com/shatelegram

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Reader Testimonials

Scott Hanselman
Scott Hanselman

Partner Program Manager - Microsoft Developer Division

Testing software is even more important than writing it! The role of the software tester is essential, and this compilation of experts brought together by Nicola Lindgren offers a great resource to those on their software testing journey. This book shares real and practical examples on how to test large systems, websites, mobile apps, and much more. Written in a friendly and accessible manner so software developers and enthusiasts of all skill levels will find something useful!

Federico Toledo
Federico Toledo

COO at Abstracta US

I’ve given many courses, tutorials and workshops on software testing. I wish I had a resource like this book before, in order to help my students with more practical examples and exercises to make the learning process even more enjoyable and effective. You will enrich your test ideas by reading the mind of other testers in their process of designing test ideas in front of a specific situation. I hope this work encourages more testing professionals to open source their testing.

Julia Pottinger
Julia Pottinger

Head of Training and Development at Qualityworks

This book provides a lot of different test ideas and questions that can be asked for ensuring a scenario is properly thought out. I would recommend this book not only for persons looking to get into the software testing field to learn about heuristics but also for those already in the field looking for different considerations on how they can approach and test scenarios. I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement with the approaches taken for testing.

Marie Drake
Marie Drake

Quality Engineering Manager at Zoopla

This book is a great resource that's jam packed with examples on how testers approach different types of applications. The authors have been thorough in explaining how they would test a specific feature or application by using heuristics to generate test ideas. They also explained what tools to use to help with their testing and harnessing the power of questions to make sure that the application is testable. If you're looking for new ideas to help with your testing, then this book is perfect!

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Good to Know
    • Different Authors per Chapter
    • Not an Exhaustive List of Things to Test
    • Test Ideas Can Be Executed by a Machine or a Human
    • Useful Definitions
  • How To Read This Book
  • Chapter 1: How Can I Test Sign-in for an E-commerce Site?
    • Set the Scene
    • Product Context
    • Questions
    • How I Would Limit Scope
    • Which Test Heuristics I Would Apply
    • Additional Test Ideas
    • Tools/Other Resources
  • Chapter 2: How Can I Test a Web Application That Has a Microservices Architecture?
    • Set the Scene
    • Product Context
    • Questions
    • Test ideas
    • How I Would Limit Scope
    • Which Test Heuristics I Would Apply
    • Tools/Other Resources
  • Chapter 3: How Can I Test an Update Booking functionality on the API of a Booking Platform?
    • Set the Scene
    • Product Context
    • Questions
    • How I Would Limit Scope
    • Which Test Heuristics I Would Apply
    • Additional Test Ideas
    • Tools/Other Resources
  • Chapter 4: How Can I Test Sort Functionality for a Discussion Forum?
    • Set the Scene
    • Product Context
    • Questions
    • How I Would Limit Scope
    • Which Test Heuristics I Would Apply
    • Additional Test Ideas
    • Tools/Other Resources
  • Chapter 5: How Can I Test a Banking Mobile Application?
    • Set the Scene
    • Product Context
    • Questions
    • Test Ideas
    • How I Would Limit Scope
    • Which Test Heuristics I Would Apply
    • Tools/Other Resources
  • Chapter 6: How Can I Test Subscriptions Within a Mobile Application?
    • Set the Scene
    • Product Context
    • Questions
    • Test Ideas
    • How I Would Limit Scope
    • Which Test Heuristics I Would Apply
    • Tools/Other Resources
  • Chapter 7: How Can I Test Unsubscribing From a Job Board?
    • Set the Scene
    • Product Context
    • Questions
    • Challenges Around Testing This
    • How I Would Limit Scope
    • Which Test Heuristics I Would Apply
    • Additional Test Ideas
    • Tools/Other Resources
  • Closing Comments
  • About The Authors

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