We are starting a new BBST® Foundations course session this October

The new BBST® Foundations course session will debut on 5 October, and will last until 2 November. We cannot stress enough the richness of the experience of attending this course, as novice or professional tester. We invite you to read more details about the course and testimonials from former students by visiting the course page at http://altom.training/bbst-foundations/… read more

Altom at IMWorld 2014

On 8-9 October 2014 we will be getting up to date with the latest trends and newest technologies in the industry at the Internet & Mobile World event at Romexpo Bucharest. We are excited to be attending one of the largest digital industry events in Romania. You can find us at stand 20!

How testing changed my mindset

Recently I came to the conclusion that my approach when testing is spread across most of my activities. It’s common for our work life to influence our mindset. The job-specific skills one develops remain in use when changing our environment. I find it hard switching them on only from 9AM to 6PM. Nothing new so far. So why bother reading this blog post? Due to its nature I believe that software testing is a very special activity. It involves a lot of unknowns which require mechanisms to deal with them. Then further mechanisms are needed to understand if the existing mechanisms are suitable in the current context. Below are some ideas picked up when testing. Let’s see how they changed my view of …

Writing tests with BDD

1. The four Ws of BDD

1.1. What ?
BDD (Behaviour-Driven Development) is a concept in which acceptance tests are written as examples that anyone on the team can understand. The process of writing those examples is a collaborative effort of the developers, testers, and the business owner (“los tres amigos”). They decide together if the thing they set out to be built is the right one, before starting implementing it. In doing so, a deliberate effort to develop a shared, ubiquitous language (used and understood by everyone involved in the project) for talking about the system is created.
BDD scenarios are built around…

SBTM with iTester and Google Drive

SBTM (Session-Based Test Management) is one of the ways of structuring exploratory testing. There are several tools that help you implement SBTM in your testing work. At Altom, we have developed a couple of our own tools to help us manage our exploratory testing, each suitable for different needs. One of these tools is iTester, which should be useful in case you are running a test session in an environment where using a computer is not practical, while your iPad or iPhone is close at hand. There is also an equivalent for your Google Drive: the SBTM Session Template which allows you to record your sessions straight from your browser, without installing any additional tools.

Mobile Game Testing Ideas

After testing a few of mobile games on iOS and Android, I worked with my colleagues from Altom on putting together a mindmap with our ideas on aspects that you should think of when starting to test a game on a mobile phone.

Altom organizes BBST® Foundations with Cem Kaner

Kaner, Fiedler & Associates, LLC in collaboration with Altom are offering a new generation of public BBST® courses, starting with the BBST® Foundations in Software Testing course.

Cem Kaner, JD, PhD and Rebecca Fiedler, PhD announce a new venture, KANER FIEDLER & ASSOCIATES, LLC.
Cem Kaner, author of Testing Computer Software and Lessons Learned in Software Testing, offers consulting services in software testing and computer-related law. (Cem’s website)

Rebecca Fiedler, veteran educator and instructional designer , can work with you to develop computer-based or online training in any discipline.

Together, Cem and Rebecca co-developed the popular Black Box Software Testing Online Courses for the National Science Foundation. Now that the National Science Foundation project is coming to a successful conclusion, Kaner and Fiedler are available to bring their expertise to you.

The series contains 3 online classes: BBST® Foundations, BBST® Bug Advocacy and BBST® Test Design.

BBST® Foundations

  • Organized around four critical challenges in software testing:
    • What is the mission of this testing effort and how does project strategy help achieve that mission?
    • How can a tester determine whether or not the program has passed a test?