This blog is not for children….

Or indeed anybody of a sensitive disposition. You will see why as you glance through the horrors below…
Firstly, we have one of the architects (who else) sporting a rather fetching outfit. I am not sure if it is designed as a bizarre bondage outfit and he is attempting to provoke his other half into some adult fun or is it just to terrify little people into doing as they should? I have no answers to these questions but I do know that Jamie H is currently ‘resting’ in a secure place.
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Next up is a terrifying advert I was sent by a very small Scottish startup. They are pushing a Grindr/Tinder like app for the lonely lady or gentleman who happens to be in one of the remoter areas of Scotland. They call it FishR. Apparently you can geo locate and meet attractive Scottish gentleman, of the more rugged outlook, for traditional outdoor’s pursuits. They also do extras. I am not sure it is going to catch on.
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Thirdly, we are in IT so it is quite natural that we don’t all parade about in the latest clobber from the great fashion houses of Italy. However, I do feel standards are slipping when certain members of the team start turning up dressed as medieval dung collectors. This one appears to be particularly down on his luck.
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Finally, here is a shot of Markos relaxing at home in some resplendent head gear. I believe, he is attempting to start a Tesco Bank Come Dine with me club. Here he is practicing on his own.
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We have had enough of unmitigated horror so I thought I would lighten the mood a little. Tony ‘cat man’ Ciarletta sent me this suggestion as an ideal Christmas present. I believe he has one on order for himself and the long suffering Mrs Ciarletta. After all who doesn’t like pussies and it can get quite cold in Scotland?
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If you wish to purchase one and proudly sport around the office please feel free to do so.
Here is the serious stuff you may want to read….
MVP info graphic sent to me by The biggest Loser.
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Banking API from Markos.
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Ivan ‘Zero Defects’. The undisputed king of the weekly updates has some great reads for you this week.

Beware the ice-cream cone, an anti-pattern that turns all those hours building UI automation into maintenance hell, seen this many times as your ROI rides off into the sunset…..

http://watirmelon.com/2012/01/31/introducing-the-software-testing-ice-cream-cone/

 

Some words of wisdom from google on mobile testing, my take is forget any mobile tool until you have robust continuous service testing in place, next unit testing on the app, then good exploratory test charters. Only then go near a tool if its mature enough, has decent community support and uses a modern language.

http://googletesting.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/how-google-team-tests-mobile-apps.html?m=1

 

Finally, Push your testing down the stack…or else we return to link one (and that cone again!)

http://thoughtworks.github.io/p2/issue09/broken-ui-tests/

 

Book Recommendation (just published on Safari), “More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team”, just started reading but some excellent real world experiences reinforcing good agile test principles.

http://techbus.safaribooksonline.com/book/software-engineering-and-development/software-testing/9780133749571

 

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Captain Haddock sent me this. Good read.
 
“90% of all mobile payment in the states are made through Starbucks,  who process 7 million payments a week growing 50% per year.   The payment app originated from it’s loyalty card scheme”
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“In a faster, flatter, less predictable world, the only competitive advantage left is an evolutionary advantage”
A gathering storm for US companies in Europe?
I hope you all have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week.
Andrew
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