Blogs

26
Jan

We’re exhibiting at Cloud & DevOps World

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MagenTys are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at Cloud & DevOps World at London’s ExCel Centre from 13th-15th June. Come see us to find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and many more. Part of TechXLR8, London Tech Week’s Festival of Technology, Cloud & […]

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06
Jan

Managing your time with stretch objectives

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MagenTys is a fast growing company with ambitions to become the number 1 ‘real’ digital transformation company. However, with this fast organic growth in headcount and revenues plus capability building across our Agile, DevOps (Automation) and Atlassian practices, the management team need to be on the ball with day-to-day operations, goals and values of the […]

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21
Dec

Introducing Infrastructure Mapping

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If it looks like you have seen this article somewhere before, that is not accidental.  They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (or maybe it just lacks imagination). We have been using Example Mapping, developed by Matt Wynne, for some time now to develop our BDD stories and it’s a really effective technique […]

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14
Dec

Submodules in Git

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When your project gets complicated, it makes sense to split it up into manageable chunks.  Git supports this process using submodules.   When you create a reference to a submodule within your repository, you actually include a reference to a specific commit.  If the repository you are referencing is updated, those changes aren’t automatically reflected […]

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07
Dec

Docker Windows Internal

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  In Windows Server 2016, which was released on Oct 12, 2016 Microsoft released the native windows support for Containers. It’s better to be late than never. The installer for Docker for Windows can be found here https://download.docker.com/win/stable/InstallDocker.msi You can start windows container either in Windows Server moder or Hyper-V mode. Images created in one […]

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30
Nov

Why and How To Do Unit Testing?

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If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely a developer, may even be a BDD one. You may find it interesting if your unit tests take a lot of time to execute, or if you’re trying to find out why TDD and BDD are suddenly becoming  hot topics. But in particular, I’m going to talk […]

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29
Jun

Opinionated Devops to build better systems

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There is an increasing trend for opinionated tools and APIs.  The designers have a clear idea on the “correct” way to solve a problem, building on established good practice.  They make it easy to follow their guidelines. By design the tools/APIs may be limited in certain areas or make it difficult to stray from the […]

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19
May

Mission Pattern: Let’s Create Fluent Automation APIs

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The Need for Fluent APIs ‘Automation, automation, automation’. It seems to be one of the prevailing mottos of most agile projects I worked for. And rightly so, it makes perfect sense in the era of software and web revolution for us developers to write software that tests software. At the same time, automation brings a […]

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12
Apr

Don’t be a software developer, be a software craftsman!

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I lied. In my last post, I wrote about how we’re all software developers. Well, that’s a start, for sure. And a good one. If everybody in the team thinks of themselves as part of software development then you’ll be on track to build something efficiently as opposed to building it first and testing it […]

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29
Mar

We’re all software developers

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OK, maybe not all of us. My house keeper isn’t a software developer. At least I don’t think she is. And my cat Stewie isn’t. But this post is aimed at Business Analysts and, in particular, Testers. In fact, anyone involved in your team should view themselves this way when they’re working with the team. […]

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26
Feb

Starting a business…was it worth it?

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Why Did I Do It? Reminiscing the time when MagenTys started 12 years ago, I am not sure I necessarily had dreams of becoming my own boss nor the freedom (both financially and time) that running a successful business can potentially bring. However, I did feel an intrinsic desire to do something different and build something meaningful, […]

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02
Feb

Speed Is The New Gold

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I recently had a colleague present a talk on ‘Speed is the new black’. What he means by this is that speed is sexy, it is ‘in’. I agree, it certainly is in. But speed without quality is just accelerated rubbish.

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20
Jan

The 12 Year Old Start-UP

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In 2012 and after 8 years, our small team decided to turn our backs on the typical ‘test consultancy’ model that dominated the industry.

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16
Jan

Automation With A Human Touch

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Automation is certainly a buzzword at the moment. Whether it be automation of a business process through technology, or automation of technical software development tasks such as testing or deployment of software. The digital age has highlighted that every company can reduce costs by automating mundane, repeatable tasks and leaving the more intelligent and interesting […]

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05
Jan

The Junior Engineer Life at MagenTys

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I’m just heading into six months at MagenTys where I’ve been gaining experience in Testing, building up my skill set and seeing how the industry works – and I have to admit I am surprised by what it involves and how interesting it can be. If I am honest, software testing didn’t initially appeal to […]

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23
Dec

Hamish Tedeschi Nominated for 40under40 Awards

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We are really happy to announce that Hamish Tedeschi our MD in Australia has been nominated this year for the 40under40 Awards. Hamish is MD for Australia and is a regular speaker and blogger on the BDD and DevOps circuit. He likes BBQ’s, Surfing and can’t help singing Disney songs all day long”. I guess […]

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16
Dec

BDD and Testing Are Getting Divorced!

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Take a look at our very own Hamish Tedeschi’s presentation from CukeUp Australia!

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26
Nov

CukeUp 2015 Australia

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The very first Australian CukeUp is now done. dusted. Well, at least for a year (I hope!). What a ride it was organising this two day conference in Sydney. Firstly, I’d like to thank all the people involved in putting this together (you know who you are), including the speakers, the sponsors and also our […]

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03
Nov

Retail Innovation Meetup Roundup

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We hosted our third Retail Innovation event at the Club Workspace in Clerkenwell, with our 3 industry experts Joel Turner: Director of Strategy at Digital Agency Mentally Friendly, Stephen Williams, VP of Engineering at Ticketmaster and Dr Naghman Khan: Business Development Manager at IES Ltd a company that develops strategies to help transform buildings into […]

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30
Sep

Death To Test Strategies

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I read a post the other day on LinkedIn which talked about the criticality of having a good test strategy. Before I get castigated online, I agree. I agree that for every successful product being built, the team needs to have consciously thought about its approach to testing. The mere fact of thinking about what […]

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09
Sep

????? = Continuous Quality

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These days, Continuous Integration (CI), Continuous Delivery (CD) and Continuous Deployment (CD too) are common buzzwords. The fact of the matter is that CI has been around forever – well the term has been around for well over 20 years, anyway. CI is all about merging code often to get continual and early feedback. Continuous […]

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31
Jul

What is DevOps?

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As we have done previously with BDD, we thought it would make sense to do another Q&A but for DevOps this time. Carl Bruiners, Head of DevOps at MagenTys took some time out to answer some questions on “What is DevOps?”   How would you define DevOps to someone with a technical background? DevOps is […]

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07
Jul

Using BDD To Bridge The Testing Gap

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Richard McIntyre is an agile testing trainer and coach. He has been involved in delivering projects for the likes of BBC Sport, iPlayer, William Hill and EE. He is currently contracted to Sky in Leeds working mostly with Ruby and JavaScript. Whilst at the BBC he authored the language agnotic BDD framework called ShouldIt? He spent 15 […]

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29
Jun

Automation isn’t Testing

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I am a manual tester, does that mean I am an old dinosaur from an era long gone? does that mean my skills and experience are no longer valid? At times it feels that way, mostly when looking for a job, if you ever find yourself in that position you will find many many testing […]

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08
Jun

A Device Management System to Improve Test Consultancy

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Since I joined MagenTys back in July last year, I have been looking at the internal innovation of processes to help us work that little bit more efficiently. As we are a rapidly growing company, I can foresee that we will soon reach a point where our current system for managing devices (a spreadsheet) will […]

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05
Jun

MagenTys at YOW! West 2015

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MagenTys, a testing services company based in Surrey, London and Perth proudly supported YOW! West 2015 as a sponsor and partner. YOW! West in Perth, Australia was a highly successful conference with knowledge rich local and international speakers gracing the stage for two full days. It was great to see the high level of energy […]

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18
May

BDD Q&A

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BDD is not a test automation tool.  Automation is a by-product.  BDD is about capturing the intended behaviour of the system.  The feature files produced should form the basis of a number of testing activities. They should be developed by the team, not just the testers They form the basis of automated scripts for demonstrating that functionality […]

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06
May

Agile Commercial Teams | Part Two

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A couple of months ago we decided to follow our technical teams and give agile a go for sales and marketing. The first fortnightly sprint was a success as it brought the team together and gave a common aim that we worked towards and achieved. However, we failed miserably for the following 3 sprints! Here come […]

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17
Apr

Continuous Improvement – Gravy train of excuses?

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I wrote this in 2012, originally published on my old site before GoDaddy killed it by mistake, and reviewing my drafts I thought I’d add a small update about the debacle that is SaFE and then publish it again. I’ve even left in parts that have now evolved, but it is a good reference point […]

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02
Apr

To Standardise Or Not To Standardise

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When Appium was founded, we decided to reuse the Selenium JSON-wire protocol for several reasons; the most important being that we didn’t want to lock people into our tool. By choosing an existing (pending) W3C standard, we were able to reuse the existing language bindings maintained primarily by the Selenium project. These bindings were already […]

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02
Apr

CukeUp! 2015

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Last Friday was my first experience of CukeUp! and it proved to be a lively and thought-provoking day. First up was Dan North, who I had been looking forward to hearing. The theme of his presentation was how easy it is for the principles behind the Agile manifesto to become just another set of processes […]

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16
Mar

Agile Commercial Teams | Part One

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As a company who lives and breathes agile through BDD and DevOps across our technical functions I thought it was about time that us commercial guys follow suit. We’re quite a lean commercial team as it is; we all get involved in sales, marketing, events and whatever needs to be done. This is great if […]

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05
Jan

The Great Re-Shoring Initiative

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In January 2014, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, in a speech at the Davos World Economic Forum, said that Britain was about to embark on an initiative to make the country the “Re-Shore Nation.” The view was that with rapidly rising costs in the emerging markets [mostly referring to India and China], services that had […]

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17
Dec

Cambridge Tech Community

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MagenTys’ position in the London Tech scene is growing and with the organisation moving forward, Cambridge has presented itself as a fantastic area for the company to grow into. There is a booming tech community and resident heavyweight tech companies situated in the region such as ARM, Red Gate and CSR saw 2013 provide huge […]

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16
Dec
Testers Are NOT Gatekeepers

01
Oct

What are Test Automation Frameworks…Cucumber, SpecFlow etc. etc.

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I was talking to some folks at a DevOps meet up recently and they were asking about what we (MagenTys) do. I started talking about all the great things we are doing with Behavioural Driven Development (BDD) and all the tools we have developed to help support this. I was asked further about these “tools” […]

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08
Sep

Agile is Awesome

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I won’t say that Agile is the be-all and end-all but done well, it’s awesome, delivering faster time to market. Done wrong it can be awful though, and I have seen everything in projects from complete success to complete failures. Of course there are some differing definitions of Agile. Some people say they ‘do’ Agile […]

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22
Aug

Collaborative or DDT Automation?

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Over the last few years I have seen most of the organisations I work with choosing one of two main emerging paths within the test automation world. The first path is one I like to call “Collaborative Empowerment” and the second I call “Domain Driven Testing”. Collaborative Empowerment It can be argued the first path […]

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