“Testing is Not a 9 to 5 Job”: Webinar Q&A – Part 1

Thanks to everyone that attended my webinar with AppliTools called “Testing is Not a 9 to 5 Job”.  In the next week, AppliTools will be sharing with me the questions that were not reviewed during the webinar.  I will plan to answer each of those questions here with another blog update.

Until then, I had promised to provide two things before Monday, March 19th, and I wanted to share them with you below:

Question #1: In the webinar, we discussed crowdsourcing and crowd testing.  Which sites would you suggest to learn more about, and participate in, crowdsourced testing?

Answer #1: I personally have used www.uTest.com for the crowd testing that I have participated in.  Two other popular sites that I have been the most familiar with have been www.99tests.com and www.passbrains.com.   I was researching this weekend and found the following link, which is a very good writeup for their opinion on the top crowd testing sites.  You can find the link here:  The Top 11+ Most Popular Crowdsourced Testing Companies in 2018.  The 11 that were discussed in the article are mentioned below (unsure why uTest is not on this list!):

  • Crowdsourced testing
  • Global App Testing
  • Crowdsprint
  • Bugfinders
  • rainforest
  • Pay4Bugs
  • Testbirds
  • Test IO
  • MyCrowd QA
  • 99tests
  • UncoverBugs
  • Bugcrowd
  • TESTBATS

Question #2: Also, in the webinar, I suggested that even if your company does not have your test team conducting Security Testing, everyone should become familiar with how it works, and some of the tools that are used to conduct security testing.  A question from the webinar was — What sites, articles, and tools would you suggest to read and learn more about Security Testing?

Answer #2: There are many leaders in the security testing realm.  I will add more to this blog as I get more folks involved.   For now, I would like to share with you a blog site from Ken De Souza, who recently did a webinar for Software Test Professionals on security testing and created a quick start list for those wanting to know the basics of security testing.   You can find the following about Ken and his site below:

I will add others that can help with security testing articles and tools.  Please stay tuned for more!

Thanks again to everyone that attended my webinar!  And if you weren’t able to make it, I will be updating everyone when the recording comes out!

Mike

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The Good, the Bad, and the Metrics — Our Question & Answer Notes

For those of you that have been following me, you may recall that back in December 2013, I conducted a webinar with Jay Philips and Rex Black called “The Good, the Bad, and the Metrics” with XBOSoft where we discussed many topics around metrics and measurement.

We had an tremendous response from the folks attending, and we had a lot of questions that were asked during the webinar that we were unable to answer due to time constraints.

XBOSoft took responses that Jay and I had for the questions and posted them to their blogsite.  You can find the answers here, and we solicit your feedback and support!! 

Follow this link:  http://blog.xbosoft.com/2014/01/29/q-jay-philips-mike-lyles-good-bad-metrics-webinar/

Thanks to everyone that attended – also, if you were unable to attend, you can get a link to the webinar on youtube at the bottom of the site with our Q&A.

Read, Watch, and Give Feedback ==> Webinar: The Good, the Bad, the Metrics!

Thanks to everyone that joined our webinar on metrics on 12/17/13 at 11am-12pm.  If you missed it or if you loved it so much that you want more, below are details of it.

1. Link to the recorded webinar and slides on YouTube”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxBC0MeNy8k&feature=youtu.be

2. The slides can be found at the following link:

http://www.slideshare.net/xbosoft/the-good-the-bad-and-the-metrics-webinar-hosted-by-xbo-soft

3. What was the webinar about?

“The Good, The Bad, and the Metrics”

Panel: Mike Lyles, Jay Philips, Rex Black

Has your organization ever considered replacing a tester that did not write, for example, 15 test cases per day? Is the testing team blamed if defect leakage is greater than 5% into production?  What drives decisions like these?  The common thread in these examples is “Test Metrics”

Test Metrics… Everyone has an opinion about them. Some believe they are the most valuable way to communicate the results of testing. Some think that they are useless, misleading, and damaging to the communication of test results. Some believe that without measurement you are not managing the effort. And some believe that bad metrics are worse than no metrics at all.

Where does your organization fit in the metrics and measurement debates?  Is your team aligned?  Do you agree with the team?  Do you use a reporting process for test results?  Are you forced to report on metrics you don’t believe are valuable?  Do you have dozens of metrics that you are reporting periodically that no one looks at, and when they do look at them, there is room for misinterpretation?

In this webinar, Mike Lyles will challenge a panel of experts to discuss the topic of metrics and measurement, review multiple viewpoints on the topic, and address many of the questions that organizations have today around metrics and measurement.

Join us as we open for questions from the webinar audience in a highly interactive webinar that will benefit all skill levels from beginner to expert.

Key Takeaways:

  • Top metrics that are misused or misunderstood in most every organization
  • What metrics should you get rid of ASAP?
  • Best and Worst metrics – based on opinions of the panel & audience
  • Metrics that everyone should use – and how they compare to your organization’s metrics
  • Tools and processes that can help your organization better measure your testing

4. How can you help me?

I am working on a conference presentation on this very topic.  And I would like your input on the questions that we asked in the webinar.  If you have some examples, or inputs to this, please provide them as comments to this webinar, or email them to me at mikewlyles@gmail.com.

Below are the questions i need your help on:

  • What Metrics do you feel are misused or misunderstood in most every organization?
  • What Metrics do you feel are good and that everyone should use in any organization?
  • What Metrics should organizations stop using (if they are using them today) immeidately?
  • What tools and/or processes have you used or seen used successfuly for assisting with measuring testing?

Thanks in advance for your inputs!

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING – and Sign up for this Webinar!

You are not going to want to miss this webinar on Tuesday, December 17 from 11am-12pm EST.

Do you believe in metrics?  I mean do you REALLY believe in them?  Or do you think they are stupid, useless, and cause more damage than good?

Does your company use metrics that are telling the wrong story?  Are they causing misinterpretations?  Or do you have the best metrics in the business and feel that others should be like you?

Well, its very likely that the number of people that are for and are against the value of metrics is split down the middle.  And I have always said that “BAD Metrics are worse than No Metrics at all”.

I’m on a mission —- I want to engage with various views on this topic, and, thanks to XBOSoft, we have setup a webinar for Tuesday, December 17 which will include Rex Black and Jay Philips in a panel discussion with me on various topics related to Metrics and Measurement.

You will not want to miss this, and we will be planning to take questions from the audience…..COME JOIN US FOR THE FUN!

Here is the link to sign up – do it now before you forget — it’s easy and you are in, and most importantly its FREE!

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/667518358

Hope to hear from you soon!  Below is a description of the webinar that I wrote…….and some of the takeaways:

“The Good, The Bad, and the Metrics”

Webinar presented by XBOSoft

Panel: Mike Lyles, Jay Philips, Rex Black

Has your organization ever considered replacing a tester that did not write, for example, 15 test cases per day? Is the testing team blamed if defect leakage is greater than 5% into production?  What drives decisions like these?  The common thread in these examples is “Test Metrics”

Test Metrics… Everyone has an opinion about them. Some believe they are the most valuable way to communicate the results of testing. Some think that they are useless, misleading, and damaging to the communication of test results. Some believe that without measurement you are not managing the effort. And some believe that bad metrics are worse than no metrics at all.

Where does your organization fit in the metrics and measurement debates?  Is your team aligned?  Do you agree with the team?  Do you use a reporting process for test results?  Are you forced to report on metrics you don’t believe are valuable?  Do you have dozens of metrics that you are reporting periodically that no one looks at, and when they do look at them, there is room for misinterpretation?

In this webinar, Mike Lyles will challenge a panel of experts to discuss the topic of metrics and measurement, review multiple viewpoints on the topic, and address many of the questions that organizations have today around metrics and measurement.

Join us as we open for questions from the webinar audience in a highly interactive webinar that will benefit all skill levels from beginner to expert.

Key Takeaways:

  • Top metrics that are misused or misunderstood in most every organization
  • What metrics should you get rid of ASAP?
  • Best and Worst metrics – based on opinions of the panel & audience
  • Metrics that everyone should use – and how they compare to your organization’s metrics
  • Tools and processes that can help your organization better measure your testing