Mark Barzilay

Graduated with honors from TU Delft in 2007 studying Electrical Engineering and Media & Knowledge Engineering. Founded spriteCloud in 2009 and worked on test automation ever since, helping out small and large companies with their test automation strategy and infrastructure. Mark is also leading the development on, an online platform for all your automated test results.

Cognitive Biases in Quality Assurance

I came across this excellent article on cognitive biases in software engineering, which you should read. Go on, I’ll wait. I think it’s worth considering how those cognitive biases listed affect the relationship between developers and test engineers in software projects. Now you really should read the linked article, if you haven’t already.

QA vs. QC in Software

A discussion in the Software Testing & Quality Assurance group on LinkedIn concerned itself with the distinction of the terms quality assurance and quality control as they apply to software. Some points raised in that discussion seem worth mentioning. To quote from Wikipedia: Quality Assurance refers to administrative and procedural activities implemented in a quality …

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The Rising Recognition of Software QA

Tech blogger Kris Köhntopp was interviewed by the German language PHP magazin on his Google+ post on the Heartbleed bug. I’m not going to comment on the interview much, except to mention it’s title: Qualitätssicherung bei Software ist alles andere als ein gelöstes Problem Or, in English: Quality Assurance in software is anything but a …

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Is SCRUM Agile?

Most people would agree that the answer to this question is “yes”. And I’d count myself amongst one of those people. However, I’ve witnessed and participated in a lot of projects that use SCRUM, but failed with exactly the issues that Agile wants to avoid. How is that possible?

Office Warming Party!!

As many of you no doubt know, we’ve moved offices recently, and now occupy an awesome domed lab in Amsterdam. Now that we’ve settled in a little, and the weather is better, it’s high time to kick off the new place with some merriment and dancing!

Easy debugging of your test automation watir-webdriver scripts

Hi All, When you are using watir-webdriver for web testautomation, you might encounter problems that are not be easy to debug. For example interaction with page elements such as links or buttons that are hidden. Or locating elements in other iframes. One easy way to see what is going on is by interacting with your …

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Leiden 071-ICT Foundation is a fact!

The already many years active network 071-ICT received an official status. On 11 January 2013, the 071-ICT foundation was created. The official launch was settled under the leadership of notary Janbert Heemstra at the office of De Clercq Lawyers Notaries. 071-ICT is the platform for the Leiden ICT sector and ICT professionals. 071-IT organizes free …

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spriteCloud UK is born

I’m incredibly chuffed to announce that as of today, we’ve opened a subsidiary company Cambridge, UK. This has been a while in the making, and is a huge step for us. We consider this step to be the optimal solution to the growing and changing demands on our business: Our customer base in the UK …

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FOSDEM 2012 Contest

Some of us will be at this year’s FOSDEM conference, and we figured that’d be a great moment to run a witch hunt^W^Wcontest. The rules are simple: Spot any of us at FOSDEM, and take a picture as proof. For the purposes of this competition, the whole of Brussels counts as “at FOSDEM”, at least …

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Cross browser testing – The truth is in the numbers

Viral Wouldn’t this almost be a great viral campaign? This new campaign of one of the world’s leading companies only works properly in Internet Explorer 9.0. In other browsers this is what the Wallmart Video Download service looked like right after launch. Even though errors like this don’t occur that much anymore most Chrome and …

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