Why Engineers Should Participate in Discovery

Product Talk

Are you inviting your engineers to participate in discovery with you? Does your organization prefer that your engineers only write code? Marty Cagan , in Inspired , argues, “If you’re just using your engineers to code, you’re only getting about half their value.”

How to prepare for engineering interview assignments

Inside Intercom

Interview assignments have become a common component of the hiring process for engineering roles. Here, we examine the take-home test and offer some practical advice to candidates looking to put together the best submission they can. Take-home test ??. Where are the tests?

How to Hook Users in 3 Steps: An Intro to Habit Testing

Nir Eyal

Changing user habits isn’t easy — but understanding how to conduct Habit Testing will increase your odds of success. In this video, I provide a brief introduction to the three steps of Habit Testing.

An Engineer’s Journey To Become A Data Scientist

Piyanka Jain

Unsplash Neha has an engineering and MBA background. She finished her hands-on data science coursework in business analytics, A/B testing, and predictive analytics. She was looking to rejoin the workforce after several years on a personal sabbatical.

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

engineers don’t have to recreate or replicate. models, and test their hypotheses. MONETIZING ANALYTICS FEATURES: Why Data Visualizations. Will Never Be Enough. Go beyond basic embedded dashboards to diferentiate your. application and maximize the value of embedded analytics.

Beta Testing Success in 5 Steps

Centercode

Centercode has been running beta tests for over 18 years. That’s why we can say this on good authority: beta testing isn’t easy. Like a suit, your beta testing strategy needs to be tailored to fit well. You can’t major in Beta Testing. Testing an app?

How great Product Managers contribute to great engineering cultures

The Product Coalition

Great engineers leave when they are no longer excited by an opportunity. These engineers are in demand, they have other companies constantly knocking on their doors, pitching them exciting opportunities, as well as money, in an attempt to convince them to leave.

Why your engineering processes need to solve real problems

Inside Intercom

I came to Intercom from a company with a culture of heavyweight engineering processes. It was a well-oiled machine with battle-tested and often updated procedures. From an engineering perspective, it successfully kept you focused on coding. When I started at Intercom, however, I was surprised at how lightweight the weekly engineering processes felt compared to my previous company. Tasks were always well-described in Jira, with clearly defined expectations.

Handling Software Testing in Continuous Delivery

Centercode

The problem is that while dev teams have managed to keep up with the demand so far, software testing teams are struggling to maintain output quality. Their responses (unsurprisingly) lined up with how organizations judge the effectiveness of their software testing programs.

How QA Testing is Moving Up in Today’s Agile Value Chain

Usersnap

In the past, the core goal of testing is to find bugs and fix them. But the dynamics of IT and testing landscape have changed now. Agile QA approach and user experience driven development (UXDD) have taken modern software development and testing by storm. New testing platforms.

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

May be a good place to beta test. at these levels, you may find Levels 1 and 2 helpful for beta testing. To some extent, you may also be able to test how people adopt and. So if you’re going to test at. come up with ways to leverage information that no software engineer.

How to Choose the Right Beta Testing Tools and Features

Centercode

How about this one: imagine running a community of 1,000 active testers when your only beta testing tools are Excel and Outlook. The beta testing tools you use can have a big impact on your efforts – and results. Yet these time sinks are the norm for many test managers.

Stripe’s Will Larson on engineering and infrastructure management

Inside Intercom

As a startup scales, the importance of infrastructure engineers simply can’t be overstated. They’re the ones making sure your app is secure, that uptime looks good, and that the rest of your engineering org has the right tools to build features your users need and want. Today he’s leading Foundation Engineering at Stripe. One of my friends who had worked at Digg had moved there, and I went to work on the infrastructure engineering team.

Reddit’s Nick Caldwell on engineering leadership

Inside Intercom

On day one as Reddit’s new VP of Engineering, Nick Caldwell faced a dilemma. He had just spent 13 years at Microsoft, most recently as the head of 300 engineers. At Reddit, he led a team of 35 – none of whom knew how to manage other engineers. Engineering leaders must do 2 things: a) execute and deliver high-quality software on a predictable schedule, and b) have the people skills to attract, retain and develop strong talent. I got into engineering through my father.

Break point: Product engineers and the pursuit of speed and safety

Inside Intercom

As engineers, one of the fundamental things we have to learn is the extent to which we can break things – how do we get the right balance between shipping safely and shipping fast? Almost 3 years in as a product engineer here, I have changed my perspective.

What is UX prototyping and why should you test at this stage?

Userzoom

Exploring the basics of creating and testing UX prototypes. UX designers and researchers follow an iterative process – testing pieces and versions of the product and making improvements along the way, until, in the end, you’ve got a thoughtful and useful product that people love.

Separate Quality Testing from Availability

Under10 Playbook

Quality testing identifies anomalies or defects that are not working as expected. “Alpha” is a testing phase where a release candidate (or potentially shippable increment) is tested on client systems (such as devices and browsers) and data by VENDOR employees.

A Guide to Collaborating With and Motivating Your Engineering Team

Mind the Product

Frustrated Engineer. Product management and engineering needs to have a constant push-pull for progress to be made. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when working with engineers that I’ve gleaned from my experience. Lose time by over-building (or worse, building the wrong solution) because, had the engineers understood the problem being solved, they might have had a better (or quicker) way to solve it. Always be Testing (ABT).

Save engineering time on your data warehouse pipeline

Mixpanel

In this post, we’ll outline how this can save you time and engineering resources, and why our customers call it “Mixpanel’s most important product right now” . Spend time and engineering resources more wisely. That made testing cycles much longer.

The Importance of Accessibility Testing

Userzoom

Industry leaders learned that accessibility testing is an innovation driver for solutions to unanticipated problems Click To Tweet. How to run an accessibility test in UserZoom. The post The Importance of Accessibility Testing appeared first on UserZoom.

Passing the GDPR test; or how we learned to stop worrying and love the EU

Inside Intercom

The EU was kind enough to provide a stress test for our email delivery pipeline during the GDPR surge on a scale that I doubt our engineering team as a whole would have agreed to, and we passed. Startups Uncategorized email Engineering european regulations gdpr

UX Case Study: Search Engine Redesign for RV Rental

UX Studio

This case study reports on how we helped optimise their search engine. User tests and numbers helped us convince our client and form their vision. We carried out (stakeholder) interviews, user tests with mini interviews, and card sorting sessions.

Five Customer Testing Areas Product Managers Are Improving in 2019

Centercode

Of those respondents, nearly 50% of those managing customer testing programs were product managers. On the flip side, this also means that the challenges faced by product managers, like time constraints and stakeholder misalignment, are mirrored in their customer testing programs.

Hope for the best or prepare for the worst? How we manage critical incidents at Intercom

Inside Intercom

We had many experienced engineers who had been part of on call rotations at other companies, we ran basic postmortem exercises and overall our frequency and duration of outages was pretty good for a company of our size. This is usually managed by an experienced engineering leader.

How To Transition from Software Engineer to Product Manager

PMLesson's Ace the PM Interview

So, are you a software engineer interested in becoming a product manager? Software engineering is one of the most common starting points when transitioning into a product management role. Because product management lies at the intersection of business strategy, product design, and technology, software engineers with an understanding of how modern software is designed and built can have a tangible advantage as product managers.

Six Time-Saving Beta Testing Tips for Product Managers

Pragmatic Marketing

If you are reading this, it probably won’t surprise you that 47% of product managers have run Beta Tests as part of their job. One in two product managers manage customer tests, and another 21% are involved in their planning. Use Your PRDs and MRDs When Drafting Test Goals.

The Screenplay Test Design Pattern

Modus Create

The Screenplay Test Design Pattern, also known as the Flow Pattern, has been around since 2007 and is brilliantly described by Antony Marcano, Andy Palmer, Jan Molak and John Ferguson Smart in their article Page Objects Refactored: SOLID Steps to the Screenplay/Journey Pattern. The main issue is that the commonly used Page Object pattern can introduce a high maintenance cost if the test automation solution grows.

The question you should never EVER ask your engineers!

The Product Coalition

Put your learn mode in overdrive and boost creativity by asking *stupid* questions Unsplash What do product managers want to ask at engineering meetings but are too afraid to for fear of looking stupid? Blog and on LinkedIn The question you should never EVER ask your engineers!

How we get our product just right with focus group tests

The Product Coalition

Pexels Essence of the Article: Focus group tests can give valuable customer feedback during development stage. One of the methods to get structured and usable feedback are focus group test. A successful focus group test leans on three core activities: 1.

Shift Right with Feature Flags: Best Practices for Testing in Production

Split

Continuous integration emphasizes test execution early and often, providing rapid feedback to development teams for each new code commit. The shift-left testing mantra is ‘test early, test often’. Shift-right extends application testing into the production environment.

Building “Minicom”: How our engineering interviews illustrate our values

Inside Intercom

The engineering interview presents a unique opportunity to showcase your company’s engineering culture and values to potential new hires. After spending months interviewing at companies of various sizes and success, I saw firsthand the unique styles of interviewing and testing across our industry. It struck me that most of these interviews were so far removed from the daily routines of a software engineer.

4 Key Data Points A/B Testing Reveals

Generation Focus

A/B testing is a crucial element in any startup foundation. Six months later an engineer saw the project, and noticing the low cost of writing the code for it, decided to do a bit of A/B testing. Thanks to the test, Microsoft went on to earn massive returns.

Interview: How Friends of the Earth is UX testing for GDPR

Userzoom

Big, judging by the initial testing that we’ve done so far. However in our testing, we’re finding out that people are willing to hand over their details for specific campaigns. And then we’re doing split-testing. We will be doing testing on the wording as well.

Why Quality Automation Engineer should be among your first 10 hires

Split

At Split, our first hire was a Quality Automation (QA) Engineer. In fact, most companies don’t hire a QA engineer until around 20 employees. I believe that a QA engineer should be one of the first 10 hires of a technology company. There are many arguments for why people put off a QA hire, but they boil down to three key points: Money – We’d rather spend limited, early-stage capital on engineers building the product. These people are not selenium test writers.

Making Your Customer Testing Program More Valuable in 2019

Centercode

But actually proving the worth of a customer testing program can be a challenge. This means professionals must find ways to improve the results from their customer testing program despite limited resources. People managing customers tests are notoriously pressed for time.

Mobile App Testing: Why You Should Always Test Your Apps?

Alty

While Aristotle didn’t have mobile app development in mind when saying that phrase, it sums up the approach to mobile app testing quite well. The habit of rigorously testing new apps should constitute a large part of the overall development DNA. . Deploy A Mix of Testing Approaches.

An Interview with Jez Humble on Continuous Delivery, Engineering Culture, and Making Decisions

Split

Chances are if you’re an engineer or product manager who works on anything even somewhat related to continuous delivery, Jez Humble wrote your handbook. That’s my continuous delivery mojito test. As an engineer to actually have that connection to users makes them happier.

Get to Know Gauge, the New Cross-Browser Testing Framework

Amir Rozenberg

” Just like Rihanna, you might think there are too many frameworks to learn in the testing arena! Now there is a new cross-browser test framework gaining adoption in the community: Gauge , a framework sponsored by ThoughtWorks. Note that the tests will run serially.

Increase Performance in Cross-Browser Testing with Zero Effort – Here’s How

Amir Rozenberg

Introduction Are you used to getting a certain amount of data from your testing practices? Did you know that today you can extract more data from your existing testing practice…with zero additional effort. Looking for more information on performance testing?

How can split tests inform product decisions and prioritize roadmaps?

AlphaHQ

You don’t have to wait until you have a fully engineered product in the market to get feedback from customers for the first time. You’ll need a small sample for qualitative testing and a larger sample for quantitative testing.