BBST® Foundations 3.0 –  Completely New Design With Content Revision

BBST® Foundations 3.0 – Completely New Design With Content Revision

We are proud to announce the first significant update on the BBST® Foundations 3.0 that we are planning to release this year: a completely new design with content revisions for all lectures and assignments. 

Back in 2014 we started our collaboration with Cem Kaner and Rebecca Fiedler, convinced that the BBST® series will change the practice of software testing. Our first goal was to make the courses more popular in Romania and Finland, then we committed to promoting them in Europe and now we are devoted to keeping the BBST® series as the go-to courses for advanced skills in software testing worldwide.

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Our first online workshop – Introduction to State Model Based Testing

Our first online workshop – Introduction to State Model Based Testing

Our instructor, Alex Rotaru, has previously organized the Introduction to State Model Based Testing (SMBT) workshop during Autumn Testing Camp and later talked about this concept during a seminar hosted by Cluj IT Cluster. The response and feedback he received after both events were very encouraging which is why we decided to make this workshop available on our platform for any software professional curious to deepen their knowledge on software testing and learn more about the process of test automation.

The concept of SMBT is introduced in both the BBST® Foundations and Test Design courses. Through this workshop, we want to go beyond theory and teach you how to apply it to different scenarios you can come across in your work as a software tester. Learn more about the important issues this workshop will help you solve.

The State Model Based workshop is a great opportunity for those who are already familiar with automation or coding. However, if you lack programming skills, you shouldn’t let this hold you back because you will work in teams and get help from your peers.

Over the course of 2 days you will practice in teams how to model, implement and automate test flows, how to randomize test execution, you will get familiar with open source tools that will help you detect weak spots in your app, and much more.

In order to make this workshop interactive, we limit the number of participants to 20, so hurry up and book your spot! Find out all the details of this workshop and register here.

Social Software Testing Approaches

Social Software Testing Approaches

Software teams, agile teams, in particular, are well aware of the need for their developers, testers, product owners, and other team members to collaborate. The usual selection of agile ceremonies creates space for people sharing the planning of the work: planning meetings, product backlog refinement meetings, three amigos sessions for coming up with acceptance examples, and daily meetings just to mention a few. For much of the rest of the time, people are hunched over their own keyboards and screens, working on their own tasks – more so in the time of forced remote work. Even if developers work with each other doing pair programming, testers often work on their own.

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4 things I wish I knew before starting the BBST Foundations course

4 things I wish I knew before starting the BBST Foundations course

The BBST Foundations course is a very challenging course, on many levels. For me, it was a full 4 weeks of learning how to learn, how to organize better and how to stay on top of things. This course offers you many learning opportunities and a lot of useful information. In order to benefit from this as much as you can, you’ll need to put effort not only into going through the materials and assignments but also into paying attention to some of the aspects I’m going to describe below.

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5 concepts from BBST that will help you create more powerful automated tests

5 concepts from BBST that will help you create more powerful automated tests

A lot of projects and companies nowadays no longer have dedicated testers. That doesn’t mean they no longer do testing; they simply share the responsibility of testing inside a development team. Testing becomes an activity that everyone in the team does, but there’s also a strong focus on automation and trying to create large regression suites that cover as much as possible from the overall functionality of the application.

I’ve also seen automated scripts created in several contexts where the people creating them were focused on solving the programming challenges, but they seemed to overlook one key element: how to make their tests powerful. There were lots of hours involved, lots of tools and frameworks, lots of lines of code, but there was little understanding of the application and superficial interest in what the tests will find and cover. So the teams put a lot of effort in creating extensive automated test suites but the question that remained was “Do they bring enough value?”

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How should students provide feedback in the BBST Courses

How should students provide feedback in the BBST Courses

In each course, you will be asked to review and provide feedback on assignments written by other students. The instructors will monitor your comments and will assign grades. Peer-to-peer feedback is very important in these courses:

  • It gives you a way to switch roles from creator to evaluator, which will help you more objectively evaluate your own work.
  • It can help you see opportunities to improve your work, by seeing patterns of problems in the work of other students.
  • It provides feedback to students from several sources, rather than from one instructor. Peer feedback is more credible to some students than instructor feedback.
  • Most important, careful evaluation of the questions and comments of other students gives you another type of opportunity to step back from your work and reflect on what the course is teaching.

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How do students pass the BBST courses

How do students pass the BBST courses

Student work in each of the BBST courses will be reviewed and evaluated by the instructors as well as peer-reviewed by other students.

Each course will include several assessments, quizzes, assignments, and an exam. Each assessment has a primary objective. Here are typical examples of what we might be trying to achieve with a specific assignment:

  • evaluate the student’s performance and make a decision if she/he has successfully completed the course or not yet.
  • help the student identify strengths and gaps in knowledge and skill
  • give the student practice working through a specific type of problem or task
  • help the instructor understand where the course is failing to motivate the students or to help them learn
  • motivate the students to spend a little more time, effort, or attention on favored tasks

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How do students participate in the BBST courses

How do students participate in the BBST courses

Online students attend and participate in classes by logging in to the course web site and participating in the discussions. To succeed online, it is essential that you:

  • log in to the course several times a week;
  • read and respond to course-related emails on time;
  • participate in the course discussions as outlined by your instructor;
  • complete all assigned work on time; and
  • ask for help if and when you need it.

Active participation is particularly important in the BBST courses because we have set them up to last three weeks each. If you fall significantly behind, you miss the course.

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Live webinar with Ru Cindrea: Lessons Learned from the Worst Bug I Ever Found

Live webinar with Ru Cindrea: Lessons Learned from the Worst Bug I Ever Found

Watch the recording of this webinar from March 7, 2018 to learn about Ru’s story of the worst bug she ever found and the lessons learned from this experience. Based on this example she explains the RIMGEN framework, signal detection theory and other bug investigation concepts taught in the BBST Bug Advocacy course. If you’re thinking about taking Bug Advocacy, you will get a good preview of the course contents from this webinar.

You can access the slides here.

Watch other webinars organized by Altom here.

About Ru Cindrea

Ru Cindrea is a senior test consultant and managing partner at Altom. With more than ten years of experience in software testing, she is particularly interested in mobile testing and test automation with a special interest in mobile games. Ru is an instructor in the Black Box Software Testing series offered by Altom in collaboration with Kaner, Fiedler & Associates.

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Webinar with Cem Kaner: An Introduction to Domain Testing

Webinar with Cem Kaner: An Introduction to Domain Testing

Watch the recording of the webinar with Cem Kaner from January 4, 2018:

Download the slides here.

Host: Alexandra Casapu

Description of the webinar:

Whether you want to prepare for the upcoming BBST Domain Testing class or you simply want to learn more about domain testing, you are welcome to join this one-hour session.

Cem will discuss:
• what is domain testing
• what it is not
• examples of how to use this technique

We’ll make sure to leave plenty of time for addressing questions from you.

BBST Domain Testing  || Jun 9 – Jul 6 2019

Last seats available for this year’s Domain Testing course with Cem Kaner.

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Sign up at https://bbst.courses/webinar/ if you’d like to get invitations to our future webinars.