The value of being faster

February 15 | Comments Off on The value of being faster

There is a common ‘wisdom’ these days that software development should move faster. From agile to continuous delivery and DevOps, everything is about the need for speed. But many people struggle to understand the benefits of ‘faster’. At a gut level people believe that the faster they go the more they are able to do. […]

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The Tech dummy diaries: Bug Vs. Defect

February 9 | Comments Off on The Tech dummy diaries: Bug Vs. Defect

Let me start off with this, I am a tech dummy, when I hear the word ‘bug’ my first thought is “where?” and “Can I squish it?”. Now I am surrounded by the term and not because I found myself working for a very busy pest control centre. I am a marketing executive for a […]

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We’re sponsoring ProgsCon 2017!

February 7 | Comments Off on We’re sponsoring ProgsCon 2017!

MagenTys are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring ProgSCon 2017 which will take place at Skills Matter event space: Code Node in London on Friday, 28 April. Come see us to find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and many more. ProgSCon will explore trends such […]

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MagenTys awarded government supplier status

February 3 | Comments Off on MagenTys awarded government supplier status

MagenTys have been accepted to retain our status on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS), a Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for suppliers of teams (Outcomes) and individuals (Specialists) for the UK public sector. Digital Outcomes and Specialists is part of the Digital Marketplace, a solution that public sector organisations use to find digital and […]

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BDD Kickstart in Sydney

February 3 | Comments Off on BDD Kickstart in Sydney

My name is Anthony and I am a Test Manager. In November 2016 I attended a BDD (Behavior Driven Development) workshop in Sydney because I wanted to get a fresh perspective on how testing can work within an agile project. On the surface, BDD seemed like the answer to a recurring problem that I have […]

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We’re exhibiting at Cloud & DevOps World

January 26 | Comments Off on We’re exhibiting at Cloud & DevOps World

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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Managing your time with stretch objectives

January 6 | Comments Off on Managing your time with stretch objectives

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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Introducing Infrastructure Mapping

December 21 | Comments Off on Introducing Infrastructure Mapping

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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Submodules in Git

December 14 | Comments Off on Submodules in Git

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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Docker Windows Internal

December 7 | Comments Off on Docker Windows Internal

  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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Why and How To Do Unit Testing?

November 30 | Comments Off on Why and How To Do Unit Testing?

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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Opinionated Devops to build better systems

June 29 | Comments Off on Opinionated Devops to build better systems

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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Mission Pattern: Let’s Create Fluent Automation APIs

May 19 | Comments Off on Mission Pattern: Let’s Create Fluent Automation APIs

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

April 12 | Comments Off on Don’t be a software developer, be a software craftsman!

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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We’re all software developers

March 29 | Comments Off on We’re all software developers

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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Another String To Our Bow: Digital Outcomes & Specialists

March 4 | Comments Off on Another String To Our Bow: Digital Outcomes & Specialists

The Digital Outcomes & Specialists (DOS) framework has gone live. After already being approved suppliers on G Cloud 6, we are happy to announce we have been approved on DOS.  MagenTys offer all of our services to the public sector through this with those needing a service searching for solutions amongst the vendors. We have a […]

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Starting a business…was it worth it?

February 26 | Comments Off on Starting a business…was it worth it?

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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Speed Is The New Gold

February 2 | Comments Off on Speed Is The New Gold

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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The 12 Year Old Start-UP

January 20 | Comments Off on The 12 Year Old Start-UP

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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Automation With A Human Touch

January 16 | Comments Off on Automation With A Human Touch

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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The Junior Engineer Life at MagenTys

January 5 | Comments Off on The Junior Engineer Life at MagenTys

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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Hamish Tedeschi Nominated for 40under40 Awards

December 23 | Comments Off on Hamish Tedeschi Nominated for 40under40 Awards

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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BDD and Testing Are Getting Divorced!

December 16 | Comments Off on BDD and Testing Are Getting Divorced!

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

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CukeUp 2015 Australia

November 26 | Comments Off on CukeUp 2015 Australia

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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Retail Innovation Meetup Roundup

November 3 | Comments Off on Retail Innovation Meetup Roundup

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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Death To Test Strategies

September 30 | Comments Off on Death To Test Strategies

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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????? = Continuous Quality

September 9 | Comments Off on ????? = Continuous Quality

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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What is DevOps?

July 31 | Comments Off on What is DevOps?

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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Cambridge Meetup Summary

July 16 | Comments Off on Cambridge Meetup Summary

We held our very first Cambridge Meetup at Clare College, Cambridge University last Thursday and had some really interesting discussions on the topics our speakers presented. Our first speaker was Jonny Wooldridge, CTO of The Cambridge Satchel Company (CSC) and he discussed how during his time there, the landscape of the DevOps team and technology […]

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Using BDD To Bridge The Testing Gap

July 7 | Comments Off on Using BDD To Bridge The Testing Gap

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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Automation isn’t Testing

June 29 | Comments Off on Automation isn’t Testing

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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A Device Management System to Improve Test Consultancy

June 8 | Comments Off on A Device Management System to Improve Test Consultancy

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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MagenTys at YOW! West 2015

June 5 | Comments Off on MagenTys at YOW! West 2015

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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May 18 | Comments Off on BDD Q&A

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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Introducing CyanTys!

May 8 | Comments Off on Introducing CyanTys!

MagenTys would like to thank everyone who took an interest and suggested names for our mascot. We have had some lively debates on what would suit as well as some modifications to the design so we can bring it to life through Mugs, T-Shirts, Videos and more. So…..welcome CyanTys; the brains and brawn behind our services […]

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Agile Commercial Teams | Part Two

May 6 | Comments Off on Agile Commercial Teams | Part Two

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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Continuous Improvement – Gravy train of excuses?

April 17 | Comments Off on Continuous Improvement – Gravy train of excuses?

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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To Standardise Or Not To Standardise

April 2 | Comments Off on To Standardise Or Not To Standardise

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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CukeUp! 2015

April 2 | Comments Off on CukeUp! 2015

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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TestWest 2015: DevOps, What Is It?

April 2 | Comments Off on TestWest 2015: DevOps, What Is It?

Western Australia’s first and only testing conference was back for 2015 and our very own Hamish Tedeschi presented. Hamish‘s talk focused on the rise of DevOps and what that means to Testing in the modern era. Firstly though, he defined his idea of DevOps and then talked about how teams can enable a DevOps culture by providing […]

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