Friday, 22 July 2016

Recent updates to our online training courses

July has been a busy month for updates to our online training courses.

Updates to:





Selenium WebDriver API with Java has been updated:

  •  to reflect the changes made to Firefox Driver and Marionette
  • And also has a new section on Appium on Android
The Appium section shows how to setup Virtual Machines, use Appium on real devices and configuring Remote Web Driver to use an Appium Server. This replaces the AndroidDriver section which is now been deprecated.

You can find out more information about the course here

Or view the full syllabus and free preview videos here.

Technical Web Testing 101 has been updated:

Rather than create a series of new courses I have added online training information I've been working on, into the "Technical Web Testing 101" course.

At only $10 this course has always been massively under-priced, but now seems even better value for money since it includes:


  • an additional two hour long challenges (perfect for lunch time study)
  • RestMud
  • Introduction to Interactive REST API testing


The additional two challenges (each designed to take about an hour each) where you look at browser functionality in more detail to see how, even the simplest function can be used for technical testing, and how learning more tool functionality can change your test approach.

And by simplest function, I really do mean simplest function: view page source, and incognito mode. When I was researching these two sections, I learned more than I expected.

The RestMud section describes how to use the free adventure game that we released, to improve your technical testing.

Introduction to Interactive REST API Testing

I was going to make this a course on its own, and decided that introductory material on REST API interaction deserved to be covered in the Technical Web Testing 101 course, so added this 40 minutes + of material into this course.

We cover:

  • using the browser to interact with a REST API
  • using Postman to interact with a REST API
  • overview of REST APIs
  • HTTP Verbs and authentication
  • using Postman and REST APIs through a proxy
  • some sample apps to test
  • Interacting with Restmud through the REST API


A lot of videos showing the interaction and you should be ready to get hands on with a REST API.

You can find out more information about the course here

Or view the full syllabus and free preview videos here.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Dear Evil Tester is a #1 Amazon Best Seller

Thanks to the #30DaysOfTesting challenge running on Twitter by Ministry of Test.

"Dear Evil Tester" pushed its way on to the #1 slot of an Amazon.co.uk Best Seller list.

Yes. We will now refer to it as a "Number One Best Selling Title on Amazon".

Next milestone "Over 1,000,000 copies in print" - that might take a while though.


Webinar Replay Available: Risk & Exploratory & Technical Testing

The webinar that was live streamed on 28th July 2016 is now available for replay. You can find full details of the replay with links to slides and other bonus downloads on the webinar page.

I was also fortunate to have a few people live tweet the event - fortunate because all the tweets were favourable.

You Can Watch the Webinar Now

Friday, 17 June 2016

Register for free Webinar on 28th June 2016

On 28th June 2016 I will present a webinar on "Risk Mitigation Using Exploratory and Technical Testing".

You can register to watch live, or the replay, over on the QASymphony website

When we test our systems, we very often use business risk to prioritize and guide our testing. But there are so many more ways of modeling risk. If business risk is our only risk model then we ignore technology risks, and the risks that our processes themselves are adding to our project. Ignoring technical risk means that we don't improve our technical skills to allow us to model, observe and manipulate our systems at deeper levels and we miss finding important non-obvious problems. Too often people mistakenly equate 'technical testing' with automating because they don't model technical risk. In this webinar we'll explain how to model risk and us that to push our testing further. We'll also explain how to avoid some of the pitfalls people fall into while improving their technical testing. 


  • Understand what technical testing means - it doesn't mean programming and automating 
  • Understand the benefits you gain from increasing your exploratory and technical testing 
  • What risks you are exposed to if you don't use Technical and Exploratory Testing. 
  • How to model and target risk from a technical perspective 
  • How to make your testing more technical without impacting your project 
  • How can non-technical managers can help their testers develop technical skills and improve their technical testing

Register to watch the free webinar

Monday, 13 June 2016

Released Text Adventure Game to Improve Technical Web Testing


Text adventure games are a great way to learn basic fundamental testing skills:

  • exploration
  • modelling
  • mapping
  • experimentation
  • tracking/logging
And they are fun to play.

So we've created a Test Adventure game designed to help you boost these basic skills and cross over and augment the basic technical skills and knowledge that you need to master for web testing: HTTP, JSON, Browser Dev Tools, URL Manipulation.

You can download a free single player map on the RestMud page.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Slides and Write Up Available for National Software Testing Conference 2016

I have uploaded the slides I used for my talk "The Art of Questioning to improve Software Testing, Agile and Automating" on the 17th May at the National Software Testing Conference, held in London at the British Museum.

I've also written up some notes on

  • the key points of the talk 
  • construction of the talk and 
  • the pitching process that the talk went through.
The slides have been written as readable for offline study.

I refer to work I created a few years ago on the application of the NLP meta model to Software Testing so if you want to learn more, you can read the papers there.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Article published in Testing Circus Magazine April 2016


Testing Circus Cover and Pages Image

I have an article published in Testing Circus Magazine April 2016 edition.

The title has a click-bait-esque ring to it 'Join the Anti-"Test Automation" Brigade'.

The title, however, misleads. The article really does describe one of the most powerful strategies I know for improving the incorporation of automated execution into your Test Strategy.

You can find out more on the article page, or jump direct to the Testing Circus Magazine April 2016 edition online.