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Pivotal Tracker for SBTM
Rick Grey and I stumbled on this tip on accident, but it turns out that Pivotal Tracker is quite possibly one of the best tools available for session-based test management. Pivotal Tracker is freemium, and provides a dirt-simple interface and workflow for managing stories. We've used it now for a number of projects, and I've really grown to like this tool as a management platform for testing.

When you use the stories as charters, it becomes an awesomely powerful charter management tool. You can do force ranking of charters so people can pull from the top, assign tags for coverage, track issues and comments on charters, and a number of other cool tricks. The tool also allows for export to CSV for access in the test managers most powerful reporting tool - Excel.

If you do session-based test management - check it out.
This tip was part of a brainstorm developed at the September 2011 Indianapolis Workshop on Software Testing on the topic of" Documenting for Testing." The attendees of that workshop (and participants in the brainstorm) included: Charlie Audritsh, Scott Barber, Rick Grey, Michael Kelly, Natalie Mego, Charles Penn, Margie Weaver, and Tina Zaza.
Sketching with a pencil
Okay, it's actually The Pencil. The Pencil Project powered by Mozilla.


What is that?

The Pencil Project's unique mission is to build a free and opensource tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use.

Top features:

•Built-in stencils for diagraming and prototyping
•Multi-page document with background page
•Inter-page linkings!
•On-screen text editing with rich-text supports
•Exporting to HTML, PNG, document, Word document and PDF.
•Undo/redo supports
•Installing user-defined stencils and templates
•Standard drawing operations: aligning, z-ordering, scaling, rotating...
•Adding external objects
•Personal Collection
•Clipart Browser
•Object snapping
•Sketchy Stencil
•And much more...

Licensing and Versions:

Pencil will always be free as it is released under the GPL version 2 and is available for virtually all platforms that Firefox 3 can run. The first version of Pencil is tested against GNU/Linux 2.6 (Fedora, Ubuntu and Arch) with GTK+, Windows XP and Windows Vista/7.

And here's what I created as a trial in a few minutes.

On-Screen Data Entry
Sauce Labs
In his talk on screen recording APIs, Jason Horn mentioned he's an avid fan of Sauce Labs and their hosted Selenium solutions. There are a host of features and pricing starts from free (Linux and FireFox, limited to 500 min/month) and goes up to monthly and enterprise pricing. You can try some of the premium services with a free trial if you want to check it out. While I haven't personally used the product, I really like the idea and I'll have to check them out on an upcoming project.
I found really cool web page capture program over the holiday call FireShot. FireShot is a simple tool that lets you capture and annotate web pages. I needed something that would capture more than a simple screenshot since I couldn't size the page small enough to fit it into one image. This was perfect. Snap the shot, mark it up, send it off. Simple - and it's just a browser plugin. Check it out.