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The RBCS podcast allows you to stay current on important topics in software testing – on your iPod. Subscribe to the RBCS podcast and, about twice a month, you'll learn something new and interesting. Rex will share important lessons learned from RBCS' software test consulting, training, and outsourcing engagements, such as software test management, software testing metrics and results reporting, software test training, system test, unit testing, test automation and other software testing topics. Listen while exercising, going for a walk, shopping, or driving, and become a more informed software tester.

Latest Episodes

One Key Idea: Automated Test Creation and Maintenance Velocity

Just like creating code for user stories, creating and maintaining automated tests for user stories have characteristic velocities. Are you measuring them? Do you know what good looks like for these metrics, and can you recognize the warning signs of a serious test automation death spiral when it emerges? In this One Key Idea webinar, Rex will explain how to use two simple, easy-to-gather metrics to calculate automated test creation velocity and automated test maintenance velocity.

23 MIN6 d ago
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One Key Idea: Automated Test Creation and Maintenance Velocity

Myths of Exploratory Testing

Exploratorytesting is a name given for a technique of using knowledge, experience, andskills to test software in a non-linear, investigatory fashion. Is it apowerful and important part of each professional tester’s repertoire, oractually magic quality pixie dust? Is this the only real way of testing, or isthere room for other forms of validation as well as verification? What are theorigins of exploratory testing, and who actually invented the technique (asopposed to coining the current name)? Does it always degrade into anunmanageable, unaccountable, random bug hunt, or are there ways to instillorder, measure coverage, and build confidence with it? In this webinar, Rexwill explore and burst some of the myths of exploratory testing.

61 MIN3 w ago
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Myths of Exploratory Testing

One Key Idea: Performance Testing

Performance testing is easy, right? Grab a tool, record a transaction with the server, ramp up a thousand virtual users... What do you often get? A hot mess! Performance testing is likely the kind of testing most likely to be done poorly. It does not have to be that way. Join us to learn what performance testing is not: not easy, not guaranteed, but not impossible to do well. Much of a good performance testing program is not about using the tool at all; instead it includes all of the ISTQB buzzwords: static testing, early testing, planning and preparation. Learn the basics of successful performance testing and improve yourperformance test project.

25 MINAUG 28
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One Key Idea: Performance Testing

One Key Idea: Design Thinking: Solve the Right Problem the Right Way with Mark Tannian

Is your organization looking for growth opportunities? Do feel the status quo within your firm or your industry is ripe for disruption? Are you concerned your company will be swamped by the backwash of some else’s innovation? Your organization needs to innovate. Innovation requires a way of thinking, a reliable process and a toolset to identify the problem or challenge that you are best equipped to solve while solving it in a manner stakeholders will value. Innovation is risky, so is not adequately anticipating ever persistent change. This course discusses several approaches and tools developed to enable teams to apply designerly ways that center design on your users, and enables your users to help you help them. To learn design thinking well is to apply it. This Design Thinking course puts the evolution of a product design in your hands in collaboration with a participant design team. Join us to learn about the Design Thinking approach to solving problems, which will serve you wel...

13 MINJUL 11
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One Key Idea: Design Thinking: Solve the Right Problem the Right Way with Mark Tannian

One Key Idea: ISTQB Advanced Security Tester

Defects and errors prevent applications and systems from delivering the value their designers and customers intended. Moreover, defects and errors present opportunities for malicious actors to undermine the integrity, availability and confidentiality of essential business data and computational assets. Many large cyber incidents (ex. Target, Yahoo! and Equifax) have reduced the tolerance of regulators, shareholders, customers and the public for poor cyber security practices. The greatest threat is directed towards the greatest value, albeit the path of attack may be roundabout. Security testing is an essential phase in the application and systems development and operations lifecycle. Join us to learn about this valuable professional development step that will bolster your career, and assist your employer’s efforts to take substantive steps to ensure their business goals are reached and risks managed.

20 MINJUN 7
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One Key Idea: ISTQB Advanced Security Tester

Fully Leveraging Agile Test Automation

Archimedes once wrote, “Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.” In Agile, the place to stand is testing, and the lever is test automation. Are you using all the leverage that lever gives you? Most organizations are missing some tricks, and not getting the full value of test automation. In this webinar, Rex will survey all the different ways you can—and should—take advantage of test automation as an Agile tester. The best news: Many of these forms of automation involve tools that won’t cost you a dime! Spend some time learning about some high-ROI, proven best practices to reduce failure costs and increase quality.

64 MINMAY 29
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Fully Leveraging Agile Test Automation

The Down Part of “Shift Left and Down”

Shifting defect discovery to earlier activities (Shift Left) reduces rework and improves quality deliveries to customers. A lot of attention is paid to this part of “Shift Left and Down”, but how do we do the Shift Down? Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is the answer. A variety of techniques can be used with varying formalities, cost, and results; ranging from informal, 5-why, Ishikawa/fishbone to Cause-Effect. Which technique is the right one to use, and when should it be applied? Is your organization ready for RCA? What do you do with the results? These questions and others will be discussed by Ed Weller, who will draw on 20 years of experience using RCA and onsite training across a wide range of businesses.

63 MINAPR 12
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The Down Part of “Shift Left and Down”

One Key Idea: Measuring Defect Detection Effectiveness

A typical objective of testing is finding defects, but how effectively do you achieve that objective? Fortunately, there’s a way to measure that, using a metric called defect detection effectiveness. In this One Key Idea webinar, Rex will explain how to use two simple, easy-to-gather metrics to calculate defect detection effectiveness, and also share some insights into how to use that metric to set a baseline for future improvements and to benchmark yourself against other companies.

10 MINMAR 22
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One Key Idea: Measuring Defect Detection Effectiveness

“Teacher, Teacher, Bugs Ate My Deadline,” and Other Defect Management Disasters

Two Points of View at Two: Short High-impact Talks about Testing, with Michael Mah In this session, Rex is happy to welcome Michael Mah. As managing partner of QSM Associates for over 20 years, Michael and his colleagues have assembled one of the largest worldwide databases containing software quality and productivity trends from over 10,000 completed projects. Michael and Rex will discuss defects, or bugs - and how in today’s competitive market, they can either make or break your company. We’ll discuss real world case studies and key findings from real world benchmarking and diagnostic engagements on what separates the leaders from has-beens. Michael and Rex have over 60 years of collective experience dealing with defects and their consequences, so they will discuss these important topics, and take your questions.

30 MINMAR 22
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“Teacher, Teacher, Bugs Ate My Deadline,” and Other Defect Management Disasters

Rex Black Talks with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio

Give a listen to Rex's talk with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio. They cover the history of RBCS, the future of software testing and how AI/ML figures into it, and how to stay relevant and up-to-date as a consultant. (Hint: It's not by leaving the field for eight years.)

37 MINMAR 21
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Rex Black Talks with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio
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Latest Episodes

One Key Idea: Automated Test Creation and Maintenance Velocity

Just like creating code for user stories, creating and maintaining automated tests for user stories have characteristic velocities. Are you measuring them? Do you know what good looks like for these metrics, and can you recognize the warning signs of a serious test automation death spiral when it emerges? In this One Key Idea webinar, Rex will explain how to use two simple, easy-to-gather metrics to calculate automated test creation velocity and automated test maintenance velocity.

23 MIN6 d ago
Comments
One Key Idea: Automated Test Creation and Maintenance Velocity

Myths of Exploratory Testing

Exploratorytesting is a name given for a technique of using knowledge, experience, andskills to test software in a non-linear, investigatory fashion. Is it apowerful and important part of each professional tester’s repertoire, oractually magic quality pixie dust? Is this the only real way of testing, or isthere room for other forms of validation as well as verification? What are theorigins of exploratory testing, and who actually invented the technique (asopposed to coining the current name)? Does it always degrade into anunmanageable, unaccountable, random bug hunt, or are there ways to instillorder, measure coverage, and build confidence with it? In this webinar, Rexwill explore and burst some of the myths of exploratory testing.

61 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Myths of Exploratory Testing

One Key Idea: Performance Testing

Performance testing is easy, right? Grab a tool, record a transaction with the server, ramp up a thousand virtual users... What do you often get? A hot mess! Performance testing is likely the kind of testing most likely to be done poorly. It does not have to be that way. Join us to learn what performance testing is not: not easy, not guaranteed, but not impossible to do well. Much of a good performance testing program is not about using the tool at all; instead it includes all of the ISTQB buzzwords: static testing, early testing, planning and preparation. Learn the basics of successful performance testing and improve yourperformance test project.

25 MINAUG 28
Comments
One Key Idea: Performance Testing

One Key Idea: Design Thinking: Solve the Right Problem the Right Way with Mark Tannian

Is your organization looking for growth opportunities? Do feel the status quo within your firm or your industry is ripe for disruption? Are you concerned your company will be swamped by the backwash of some else’s innovation? Your organization needs to innovate. Innovation requires a way of thinking, a reliable process and a toolset to identify the problem or challenge that you are best equipped to solve while solving it in a manner stakeholders will value. Innovation is risky, so is not adequately anticipating ever persistent change. This course discusses several approaches and tools developed to enable teams to apply designerly ways that center design on your users, and enables your users to help you help them. To learn design thinking well is to apply it. This Design Thinking course puts the evolution of a product design in your hands in collaboration with a participant design team. Join us to learn about the Design Thinking approach to solving problems, which will serve you wel...

13 MINJUL 11
Comments
One Key Idea: Design Thinking: Solve the Right Problem the Right Way with Mark Tannian

One Key Idea: ISTQB Advanced Security Tester

Defects and errors prevent applications and systems from delivering the value their designers and customers intended. Moreover, defects and errors present opportunities for malicious actors to undermine the integrity, availability and confidentiality of essential business data and computational assets. Many large cyber incidents (ex. Target, Yahoo! and Equifax) have reduced the tolerance of regulators, shareholders, customers and the public for poor cyber security practices. The greatest threat is directed towards the greatest value, albeit the path of attack may be roundabout. Security testing is an essential phase in the application and systems development and operations lifecycle. Join us to learn about this valuable professional development step that will bolster your career, and assist your employer’s efforts to take substantive steps to ensure their business goals are reached and risks managed.

20 MINJUN 7
Comments
One Key Idea: ISTQB Advanced Security Tester

Fully Leveraging Agile Test Automation

Archimedes once wrote, “Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.” In Agile, the place to stand is testing, and the lever is test automation. Are you using all the leverage that lever gives you? Most organizations are missing some tricks, and not getting the full value of test automation. In this webinar, Rex will survey all the different ways you can—and should—take advantage of test automation as an Agile tester. The best news: Many of these forms of automation involve tools that won’t cost you a dime! Spend some time learning about some high-ROI, proven best practices to reduce failure costs and increase quality.

64 MINMAY 29
Comments
Fully Leveraging Agile Test Automation

The Down Part of “Shift Left and Down”

Shifting defect discovery to earlier activities (Shift Left) reduces rework and improves quality deliveries to customers. A lot of attention is paid to this part of “Shift Left and Down”, but how do we do the Shift Down? Root Cause Analysis (RCA) is the answer. A variety of techniques can be used with varying formalities, cost, and results; ranging from informal, 5-why, Ishikawa/fishbone to Cause-Effect. Which technique is the right one to use, and when should it be applied? Is your organization ready for RCA? What do you do with the results? These questions and others will be discussed by Ed Weller, who will draw on 20 years of experience using RCA and onsite training across a wide range of businesses.

63 MINAPR 12
Comments
The Down Part of “Shift Left and Down”

One Key Idea: Measuring Defect Detection Effectiveness

A typical objective of testing is finding defects, but how effectively do you achieve that objective? Fortunately, there’s a way to measure that, using a metric called defect detection effectiveness. In this One Key Idea webinar, Rex will explain how to use two simple, easy-to-gather metrics to calculate defect detection effectiveness, and also share some insights into how to use that metric to set a baseline for future improvements and to benchmark yourself against other companies.

10 MINMAR 22
Comments
One Key Idea: Measuring Defect Detection Effectiveness

“Teacher, Teacher, Bugs Ate My Deadline,” and Other Defect Management Disasters

Two Points of View at Two: Short High-impact Talks about Testing, with Michael Mah In this session, Rex is happy to welcome Michael Mah. As managing partner of QSM Associates for over 20 years, Michael and his colleagues have assembled one of the largest worldwide databases containing software quality and productivity trends from over 10,000 completed projects. Michael and Rex will discuss defects, or bugs - and how in today’s competitive market, they can either make or break your company. We’ll discuss real world case studies and key findings from real world benchmarking and diagnostic engagements on what separates the leaders from has-beens. Michael and Rex have over 60 years of collective experience dealing with defects and their consequences, so they will discuss these important topics, and take your questions.

30 MINMAR 22
Comments
“Teacher, Teacher, Bugs Ate My Deadline,” and Other Defect Management Disasters

Rex Black Talks with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio

Give a listen to Rex's talk with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio. They cover the history of RBCS, the future of software testing and how AI/ML figures into it, and how to stay relevant and up-to-date as a consultant. (Hint: It's not by leaving the field for eight years.)

37 MINMAR 21
Comments
Rex Black Talks with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio
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