The 6 Essential QA Blogs to Read in 2019
2019 is just around the corner. For many people, that means it’s time for New Years’ resolutions both personal and professional. Whether your team is looking to upgrade your QA process in the new year or you’re looking to level up your QA career, it’s always a good idea to start the new year with some fresh perspectives.
Last year we listed some of our favorite QA blogs and newsletters to add to your reading list for 2018, and this year we’d like to add a few more to the mix. Here are 6 more technical blogs (in no particular order) to subscribe to in 2019:
Tooth of the Weasel
Alan Page is a veteran in the QA space, with over 2 decades of experience testing software at Microsoft under his belt. In addition to a wide range of “notes and rants” about software testing and quality best practices, Alan publishes a weekly roundup of great QA and software testing content from across the web. Tooth of the Weasel is a great blog to follow if you’re looking to keep a pulse on what QA thought leaders are writing, talking and thinking about, without having to do too much hunting around yourself.
Check out his A/B testing podcast with Brent Jensen to learn more about Alan’s take on Modern Testing Principles.
We’re cheating a bit with this one -- TechWell’s QA community StickyMinds is much more than a blog. It’s more of a QA knowledge hub that hosts articles, webinars, and interviews featuring some of the best minds in the QA industry. It’s especially great for those who are new to testing, with a few curated content collections designed to help testing novices grow their skill sets.
Keep an eye out for articles featuring Rainforest’s own Melissa Tondi when you visit StickyMinds!
The Netflix Tech Blog
Product quality goes beyond software testing. Netflix’s technology blog provides a look under the hood at how their team designs and implements new features and functionality for the streaming platform. For teams that are looking for inspiration from a large, fast-moving team as they scale, Netflix’s blog provides a wealth of articles on everything from continuous integration and container management to UX personalization and AdTech.
Michael Bolton’s DevelopSense blog provides a range of musings on every area of testing that a QA team might want to learn more about. Bolton has been collaborating with James Bach to develop and teach the Rapid Software Testing (RST) methodology since 2003, and his blog has been active for almost as long. Whether you’re a practitioner of the RST or just want to hone your testing skills, DevelopSense should be at the top of your reading list in 2019.
If test automation is part of your QA strategy, you should be reading Angie Jones’ blog. Jones writes about all-things-test-automation, from basic techniques and best practices to technology trends to keep an eye on, like machine learning. Be sure to take a peek at her recorded talks as well, which cater to both automation managers and practitioners.
Paul Grizzaffi is a test automation expert with a focus on “responsible automation.” For anyone who’s ever struggled with the collaborative side of testing both within the QA team and organization-wide, the Responsible Automation blog has a great catalog of articles focused on building a better testing team. Grizzaffi’s writing often asks the uncomfortable questions about testing that most of us would rather not think about, but which will help you level up your automation game in the long run.
Didn’t see your favorite on our list? Let us know what you’re reading, watching and listening to for your software testing news on Twitter at @rainforestqa.