I’m a big fan of learning new things, and keeping up with what’s new in the software testing world 🤓 And it’s usually hard to always do something new while working on the same project, so what I found helps a lot is listening to podcasts, taking part in online or offline conferences and events, and reading industry-related articles. For the last part, I find that subscribing to testing newsletters is the best way to discover the newest and read-worthy articles online.
So here are some of my favorite testing newsletters that I subscribed to.
1. Ministry of Testing Newsletter
Ministry of Testing (or MoT) is one of the biggest and most important online communities for software testers. Their weekly newsletter includes a carefully selected list of articles, upcoming events, podcasts, workshops, and community posts. And if you just subscribed, or perhaps missed one of the emails, you can see all the previous editions on their website.
2. Software Testing Weekly
The Software Testing Weekly is a newsletter curated by Dawid Dylowicz that is published every Friday. The featured articles and links are usually grouped by topics, such as news, automation, testing tools, books, videos, and sponsored links. There is also a short description provided for each of the links, which can be particularly useful.
The newsletter always ends with a fun little testing-related joke, meme, or tweet. Gotta love those 😅 And just like the MoT newsletter, all the older editions are available online if you missed them in your inbox.
3. Five for Friday
Five for Friday is Alan Page’s (a.k.a. Angry Weasel, and you might also know him from the AB Testing podcast) selection of 5 weekly articles, published, you guessed it, each Friday. There is no email subscription at the moment, but you can find the article lists on his website, or you can subscribe to the RSS feed. The newsletter is not limited to software testing, it sometimes includes important news from around the world. It also includes some rants from the author about the topics discussed.
4. The Coding Jag
The Coding Jag is LambdaTest’s weekly newsletter. It usually contains a nice selection of articles and videos on software testing in general, test automation, CI/CD practices, and development. You can find nice tutorials on various testing tools in this newsletter, as well as upcoming events, such as conferences and webinars.
You can subscribe via email, or you can read it online.
5. Five Blogs
Exactly what it sounds like 😁 Five blogs is a daily (from Monday to Friday, of course) list of the best five blogs selected by the author. If you’re not sure what to read each day and don’t have time to navigate a lot of blogs, you can take a quick look at the day’s post and find a selection of testing, development, productivity, or security articles. I also love the idea of reading 5 articles per day, so it’s great when someone already filtered them 🤓
The blog does not have an email subscription option, but you can follow it on Twitter.
BONUS: Testing Bits
This used to be one of my favorite testing newsletters (and not just because I’ve been featured a few times 😅). For now, the Testing Bits from the Testing Curator Blog is on a break, but I do hope it will be back soon. It used to include one of the biggest lists of articles, podcasts, events, testing tools, and even book reviews.
Even if it’s on hiatus at the moment, you can still sneak a peek at the older editions, and I’m sure you will find valuable information there.
The testing industry is an ever-changing one, and there are always new things to learn. One of the best things we can do as testers is to keep in touch with new articles, new tools, and new events. Newsletters make this job easy for us because they contain already carefully curated posts so we don’t have to spend our time finding the best ones.