How the “Digital Quality Handbook” Was Born
Travel back with me… to late September 2016. It’s the Jewish New Year, and I am in Boston, MA. As I celebrate the passing of another great year, I think to myself, “After being in the software quality space for nearly 20 years, isn’t it about time that I reach out to the community of thought leaders and influencers and create an asset that can fill a gap in the market that we can give back to the world?” A book. A practical book. A “how-to” for DevOps practitioners, designed to make them better, faster, and more… perfect(o).
You see, when it comes to assuring the quality of web, mobile and IoT apps, the market is still struggling with key questions around test coverage, automation best practices, optimization of test automation suites, accomplishing more tests within the pipeline of software build cycle, the practice of shifting left and much, much more.
So, while my wife and children continued celebrating in the next room, I immediately (right then and there) started writing the intro to a book that would, eventually, bring together actionable ideas and practices from many of the world’s most recognized experts, thought leaders and influencers in the area of software quality.
To make it easier to both develop and consume the content, the book is set out in four logical sections:
- Introduction to continuous quality and the digital space
- Advanced test automation practices
- Achieving DevOps maturity in the digital era
- Expanding quality coverage with UX and non-functional testing
If you’re reading this article close to its post date, I’m currently down in Orlando, participating in a book signing at the StarEast testing conference. Danny McKeown from Paychex, one of the technical reviewers of the book, is with me, both participating in the signing and speaking at the event.
To name the market leaders who took part and contributed to this book:
- Microsoft (Donovan Brown)
- Applitools (Adam Carmi)
- TestFairy (Yair Bar-On)
- Applause (Doron Reuveni)
- CA & BlazeMeter (Jonathon Wright, Noga Cohen, Jacob Sharir)
- InfoStretch (Manish Mathuria)
- Rabobank (Wim Selles)
- Utopia Solutions (Lee Barnes)
- Angie Jones
- Jean Ann Harrison
- Lior Kinsbruner
And from Perfecto:
- Amir Rozenberg
- Roy Nuriel
- Paul Bruce
- Chris Willis
- Uzi Eilon
- Yoram Mizrachi
- Roi Carmel
Without this crew of contributors, the book wouldn’t be what it is today. Some of the contributed content includes:
- The best way to include visual analysis testing as part of your test code, using any available open-source framework
- How to develop API tests that complement your mobile UI test automation
- How to include non-functional performance testing and UX as part of your overall test strategy
- How to extend open-source tools like Protractor to better test your hybrid app
- The bible of UX testing
- What a valid and high-ranked XPATH should look like (with link to an online free tool that provides that rank to you)
- How to include chatbots testing into your existing mobile testing plans
- Where in the overall SDLC strategy does crowdsource testing and beta testing fit
Fun fact: We launched the book on Amazon on March 3rd. On March 5th, at approximately 2:51 pm Eastern Time, the book had been added to the Hot New Releases in the Software Testing sidebar and made it to the #1 Bestseller slot in that same category. We took a screen shot. It really happened!
To get your own copy of the book, please refer to this URL – and if you find it valuable, feel free to share your feedback with me.