How Do You Tackle a Bug Mountain?


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Lots of upcoming events, new ways for you to get involved and talks to help you progress as a tester and leader! See our latest news and additions, catch up on anything you might have missed in the last few weeks. 

Thomas Rinke joins Neil on the latest Testers' Island Disc podcast, to talk about his career in testing.  They discuss the challenges and achievements associated with guiding teams along their agile journey, from both a tester and manager’s perspective. 🎧

📣  We are looking for our next Masterclass and Discussion speakers, do you have knowledge about Test Strategies?  Or maybe you know someone that should speak?  Submit before 6th August and become our next speaker! 

Critical thinking is highly beneficial for testers, but is it a skill you can learn, practice and improve?  Yes it is 🙌 Jit created this guide to help you figure out the core skills and how you can improve the quality of your thinking 🧠

Could you become the next team leader?  Maybe you could level up how you lead? Join the Discussion on Tuesday at 8pm UK time and polish your leadership skills.   

🌍  We have more and more meetups happening globally.  There might now be one happening near you.  


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Continue the Conversation

The Club is the place to ask questions, share your ideas and build great connections with others. Join the conversation and see where it might take you. Here are five places to get started this week.

  1. How do you deal with a bug backlog the size of a mountain?
  2. When testing a data migration how do you differentiate between System Testing and System Integration Testing?
  3. What useful questions do you use to encourage continuous learning in your scrum team?
  4. Further thoughts and ideas on metrics and their relationship with demonstrating good quality.
  5. How would you test an elevator?

TOP TIP: Stuck on any topic related to testing? Perform a keyword search. Dig deeper to rediscover and reignite great conversations.


Discover Useful Business Posts

Posts selected from our business feed.  Highlighting interesting posts from our annual partners for 2021! 

🤖 Have you heard of the 10–10–10 Rule of Test Automation?  Could it help you build a successful long-term automation strategy? 

As the advancements in technology are exponentially increasing, so is the complexity. Using modern practices and tools to keep up with this pace is vital for sustainable growth.  Do you think these 4 Agile testing trends will continue?  🤔 

Applitools have put together a collection of free Appium tutorials, guides and courses to help you improve your mobile test automation skills. 


Get Closer to the Community

We've picked out some posts from our blog and podcast feeds that we think would be useful. 

⏰ How long is an acceptable page load time? Louise explores the problems associated with slow load times and how to test for them

"I can’t un-see how weird we have set up the way of working and how bad it works for testing." Do you share similar frustrations with the tester role like Maaike does?  🤦‍♀️ 

Here's what Emna learned at a recent workshop on exploring requirements with a tester's mindset. Have you heard of the 7 Product Dimensions? 

What would you be doing if you weren't a software tester? Turns out there's plenty of exciting career options for us all!

👉  About to join a team or start a new job? Mirza's got you covered with a set of short sharp tips.