By AB Testing
AB TestingJul 18, 2022
Episode 190: We Could Be Heroes
We talk a bit about our friend chat GPT, and then talk about heroes in the workplace. There's an obvious cross-over to Alan's post on angryweasel.substack.com that's worth checking out.
Episode 189: Brent being Brent
We're back and recording on a new platform - except when we aren't. In this episode, we talk about...not AI...and instead talk about the Peter Principle and Brent finally reading the Phoenix Project.
Episode 188: AI Testing with Jason Arbon
We talk with Jason Arbon about - you guessed, AI. Unfortunately, this recording only contains two thirds of our discussion, since zencastr decided to do its own thing.
Episode 187: All we talk about is AI
Yeah - we talk about AI, and (eventually) wonder if AI can be a good CEO.
Episode 186: IC or Manager - That is the Question
In this episode, Brent and Alan answer a mailbag question, and talk about how and when they have changed between manager and IC (individual contributor - aka non-manager) roles.
Episode 185: The ROI of Test Automation
So...Perze asked a question that he said was probably a thought experiment, but we tried to answer, but Perze was right and it ended up being a thought experiment after all - but the answer is in there somewhere.
Episode 184: Is Testing a Dying Profession
We discuss an article by the same name, but also dive extensively into the topic, whether it's true or not (or maybe), and tell some stories along the way.
Episode 183: Premature Escalation
We're back after a mini-break. In this episode, we talk about the concept of Premature Escalation, and whether or not teams are crossing the chasm into Modern Testing. And a bunch of tangents along the way.
Episode 182: Brian Pulliam and StrengthsFinders
We are joined by Brian Pulliam, and we go waaaay deep into StrenthgsFinders. It was fascinating and fun, and a ton of fun. Brian's website is https://refactorcoaching.com/, and you can find more about StrengthsFinders at https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/strengthsfinder.aspx
Episode 181: The AI Testing Podcast
We talk a lot (again) about AI. Just like Agile was a disruptor when we began the podcast AI is a disruptor that you can ignore at your own peril, or embrace and ride the wave. There's some other good stuff here as well.
Episode 180: Brent is Mary Poppins
Apologies for the delay - anchor failed us for the first time (or maybe the problem was pbkac) - but posting 12 hours late regardless.
We spend a little time talking about our previous guest (chat gpt), whether AI is taking our jobs away, return to office, windows phone, and /finally/ a bit (abstractly) about Alan's new gig.
Episode 179: An Interview with Chat GPT
We talk almost entirely about AI, with the bulk of the time "interviewing" chat GPT about the modern testing principles. Lots of fun, and lots of fodder for future podcasts.
Episode 178: Testing vs Quality
Beware - there are tangents and rambling. But - if you like listening to us talk about stuff in our lives, and eventually whether the emphasis should be on great testing or great quality, it should be fun.
Episode 177: How Alan quit his job
We start with our (now) regular discussion of AI, and then talk about the deets of Alan leaving his job at Unity (and then more about AI)
Episode 176: AI, Migrations, and more Chat GPT
It's a pretty rambly episode, but we talk more about AI and chat gpt (sorry), touch on a mailbag question about migrations, and hit a few dozen other subjects on the way. Hold on tight.
Episode 175: We're Doomed
Brent puts on his tinfoil hat and talks about how tech and AI are going to doom us all.
Episode 174: Healing the wounds of layoffs
We talk quite a bit about the layoff situation in text - and then tell some stories about "the old days" at microsoft.
Episode 173: The Mindful Dev w/ Dagna Bieda
We are joined by Dagna Bieda from https://www.themindfuldev.com to talk about coaching, burnout, and growth as a software engineer.
Episode 172: Dedicated Testers are a heuristic for slow feedback loops
We spend the whole episode talking about the reactions to Alan's post describing why most software teams don't need dedicated testers. Bring the Hate!
Episode 171: 2022 Recap and Look Forward into 2023
It's our last podcast of 2022, so we look back on the year, talk about our 2022 predictions, and look forward into 2023. And we once again, talk quite a bit about chatgpt.
Episode 170: AB Testing meets ChatGPT
We try not to talk about https://chat.openai.com/chat the entire episode, but we mostly fail.
Episode 169: Zencaster Holds a Grudge
We mostly talk about prioritization, but as usual, it's impossible for us to stick to a single topic.
Episode 168: Bubbles and Blowhards
We talk a bit about the bubbles we're in and the bubble's we're not in. And then finally, we talk about how people can move into experimentation and Modern Testing.
Episode 167: Oh my god! Get to the point!
We record an entire podcast without getting to the point - or maybe we just created a lot of points. We talk about podcasting, how we learn, and async work - and about 30 other things.
Episode 166: The Modern Modern Testing Podcast
We chat a bit about filling offices, then a lot about A/B testing, and share a few stories along the way.
Episode 165: It IS Modern, and it IS about Testing
After a very brief political discussion (apologies), we talk about what we'd do as testers today, and along the way, accidentally reinvent Modern Testing.
Episode 164: Matt LeRay from Speedscale
We are joined by Matt from Speedscale. We talk a little about his company, but talk a lot about everything else.
- Speedscale on twitter - https://twitter.com/Speedscaleai
- Matt on twitter - https://twitter.com/matthewleray
Episode 163: Layoffs
Interspersed with a ridiculous number of tangents, we talk about layoffs.
Episode 162: Hanging out with Kirk Marple
Episode 161: msft stuff, and the state of modern testing
We talk about a lot of stuff - including posting salary ranges for jobs, SDETs making devs cry, and the pesky Principle 7
Episode 160: The Modern Testing Podcast: featuring Bert Jernsen
We talk about...a lot of things. From testing podcasts to A/B (with the slash) testing to the idea of Internal Developer Relations. It's a lot, so apologies in advance.
Episode 159: Darko Fabijan from Semaphore
We have Darko from Semaphore - that's the good news. The bad news is that we lost the last 5-ish minutes of the podcast due to me not planning ahead. We will work with Darko to crash an episode of his podcast in the near future and complete the conversation.
Episode 158: Finding the Sweet Spot with Goal Setting
We talk about setting goals...or commitments...or /PLANS/ for our team members.
Episode 157: Kanban - and then it gets boring...
We play the kanban game - but stop, because playing the kanban game (kanbanboardgame.com) on a podcast is super boring. So then we just gave up and started talking and wound up being even more boring. Enjoy!
Episode 156: Customers and Quality
We talk a lot about Modern Testing Principle number 5 - the one that says only customers can evaluate quality, and why - despite controversy, we believe it is true. We also discuss whether or not Deming would be a fan of the principles.
Episode 155: Quality Coaching with Anne-Marie Charrett
We are honored to have Anne-Marie Charrett join us this week to talk about quality coaching.
Anne-Marie currently works at CultureAmp where she puts quality coaching into practice. You can find her on twitter (@charrett), and on her website. Her ongoing book on quality coaching is available here, with fresh installments monthly.
Episode 154: The Complete Software Tester w/ Kristin Jackvony
Kristin Jackvony - author of The Complete Software Tester - (https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Software-Tester-Strategies-High-Quality-ebook/dp/B09NGVVCJ9) joins us for a wonderful discussion on testing, testers, and the value of a music education.
Episode 153: Quality Coaching with Henry Golding
Episode 152: AAB Testing with Al Shalloway
We are joined by Al Shalloway. We talk about Agile mostly, but we finally get to talk about SAFE. You can contact Al at al.shalloway at successengineering dot works
Episode 151: Past, Future, and Covid
It's our last episode of 2021, so we take some time to reflect on the last year, look forward into the next year.
Episode 150: Ramble On
It's our 150th episide. With absolutely zero celebration or anything else special, we ramble our way through discussions on Customer-Centric Monitoring, Alan's 3 biggest accomplishments in 2021, and our favorite video games.
Episode 149: Perks and Tips
We talk a little about work place perks (for reasons unknown), and then talk more about the new fun challenges with Alan's new org.
Episode 148: Us, Them, and the (new?) MT Principles
Eventually, we talk about how we could gear the Modern Testing Principles more towards development teams.
Episode 147: Coaching...and stuff
We attempt to talk about coaching and quality coaching...and we do - mostly.
Episode 146: The answer is always data
We chat a bit about the rise (?) of Modern Testing practices in the industry, and then look at a few TestSphere cards - and eventually end up talking a whole lot about data.
Episode 145: Diversity, Safety, and Brent's grody stories
We kick off the episode with 5 painful minutes of discussion on Brent's hernia surgery before making it into a discussion on fairness, diversity, psychological safety, and other stuff. And we talk about a lot of books.
Episode 144: Days of Future Past
We talk a bit about Alan's recent AMA on the future of test automation and then about his past with Microsoft Teams.
Episode 143: Questions from Larry
We dive (wade? splash??) into some listener questions on Theory of Constraints applied to different aspects of software development and Modern Testing.
Episode 142: Wild Ideas with Reflect
We're joined by Nick and Todd from https://reflect.run to talk about the future of test automation (sort of) and developers creating UI automation. We loved having these folks on the show, and hope you enjoy the conversation.
Episode 141: Dichotomies and Tautologies
In this episode, we discuss deep vs. shallow testing, choosing what to automate, and the future of testing roles (sort of).
The link we discuss is https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/15-1253.00