Category Archives: Book Review

Book review: Continuous Delivery by Jez Humble and David Farely


Continuous Delivery from Jez Humble and David Farley is an important contribution to the field of software development. It takes continuous integration to the logical conclusion and covers how to set up a continuous integration system, delving into everything from check-in to delivery to production. It doesn’t state you have to deliver directly in production, but it will explain how technically it is achievable to do that and what enormous benefits this brings to your organization.



Mobile analytics


Mobile analytics experts Julian Harty and Antoine Aymer have teamed up to deliver a 161-page handbook designed to help you “enhance the quality, velocity, and efficiency of your mobile apps by integrating mobile analytics and mobile testing”.


The 7 Best DevOps Books

From adopting the culture, to implementing Continuous Delivery

By Steve Ropa

With the relative newness of DevOps, there are not yet a ton of DevOps books. That’s why we’ve assembled a list of the 7 best DevOps books based on four criteria: the number of ratings from Amazon, the average Amazon rating, number of ratings from GoodReads and the average GoodReads rating. Both Amazon and GoodReads use a scale of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best.

We did all the legwork digging through Amazon and GoodReads to determine how many reviews each book has as well as the average rating on each site so that you can quickly find the DevOps book that is just the right fit for your needs!

DevOps Books List


Book Review: Elizabeth Hendrickson’s Explore it!

By Justin Hunter


Explore It! is one of the very best software testing books ever written. It is packed with great ideas and Elisabeth Hendrickson’s writing style makes it very enjoyable to read.

Hendrickson has a well-deserved reputation in the global software testing community as someone who has the enviable ability to clearly communicate highly-practical, well-thought-out ideas. Tens of thousands of software testers who have already read her “Test Heuristics Cheat Sheet” no doubt already appreciate her uncanny ability to clearly convey an impressive number of actionable ideas with a minimal use of ink and paper. A pdf download of the cheat sheet is available online.

If you’re impressed by how much useful information Hendrickson can pack into one double-sided sheet of paper, you should see what she can do with 160 pages.


Book Review: 50 Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests

LGMweb.201512.hammarberg.01They’ve done it again. Gojko Adzic, David Evans and, in this book, Tom Roden, have written another ‘50 Quick Ideas’ book. And this one is equally as good as the previous book on user stories. If not even better.

By Marcus Hammarberg


Web Services API Testing Books

10Here are some books you might find useful when developing your web services API testing strategy.

By Jim Zuber

The Art of Application Performance Testing by Ian Molyneaux — This book was just released and I found it an outstanding conceptual overview of performance testing a web based application. The book does a great job of reviewing the various types of performance testing, the key performance indicators, and the various  steps needed throughout the performance testing process. I particularly liked the various checklists. A short book, at around 130 pages, I’d rate it 9 on a scale of 10.


Ethics in IT Outsourcing

11- Book ReviewBy The Higher Ed CIO

Ethics in IT Outsourcing by Tandy Gold is a surprisingly great read on the ethics in IT outsourcing as well as IT ethics and business ethics more generally. The reason it was a surprise is that the Gold tackles the ethics in IT outsourcing head on. From its roots in US economics and public policy through globalization, quickly linking the issues and trends to corporate ethics and IT ethics. The book is full of thoughtful lessons in ethics and morality faced by CIO’s at an increasing rate.


Book Review: Penetration Testing – A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking

5-PenetrationTesting-Georgia-227x300By Xavier Mertens

A few weeks ago I bought Georgia Weidman’s book about penetration testing: “A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking“. Being overloaded by many projects, I finally finished reading it and it’s now time to write a quick review. Georgia is an awesome person. There are not many recognized women in the information security landscape and Georgia is definitively one of them, I already met her a few times during security conferences! She started her own company, she’s a great speaker and the author of the SPF (“Smartphone Pentesting Framework“). That’s why I did not hesitate to buy her book.


Book Review of The Domain Testing Workbook

By Keith Stobie, Salesforce

The Testing Domain Workbook is the most extensive and exhaustive work you will ever find on a specific testing technique (or related techniques if you include equivalence class analysis and boundary testing as the book does).

What I like best is the combination of academic background and roots combined with practical experience and industrial practice. All the concepts are presented in a simple and approachable manner with pointers to more details for those desiring more.

While the book appears daunting in size, it is only because of the extensive examples and exercises. The core of the book is very approachable and less than 100 pages. To gain mastery, working through the exercises is most useful, but you can do that over time.


A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams

By John Turner

I have worked with testers on an Agile team before and it has worked very well for both the team and the customer. In my previous role at Bank of Ireland, testers who had come from a traditional testing background worked within our teams to help ensure we had quality deliverables at the end of each iteration. It was different from traditional test approaches in that they were sitting with the team, collaborated constantly and were integral to the process of developing the solution. I never found them critical of poor quality or guilty of ring fencing roles and responsibilities. This was refreshing and without doubt a better way of ensuring quality than those I had experienced before.

Recently, here at Paddy Power, we have been interviewing for a number of open Agile tester positions. I’m pretty sure I know what a good Agile tester looks like but I have often struggled to fully articulate what that entails. I have had this book on my shelf for a couple of months and now I’m looking to it to help me fully understand what an Agile tester is.