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The thrill of testing

I gave myself 60 minutes to write a blog about my day and the excitement that testing brings me. For better or worse, here it is. I’ve written in previous posts and articles that I find testing enormously satisfying and challenging. Every challenge is… Continue Reading “The thrill of testing”

umpires are testers too

During my time on this planet I’ve engaged in both team and individual sports. On the team side there was, predominantly, cricket and basketball and on the solo side, squash. In competition squash (not at elite levels) you play in a group of four,… Continue Reading “umpires are testers too”

some Economics of software

This post considers some of the problems we face when creating software and then explores if reframing those issues, by using language from another domain, might lead us to new perspectives or new approaches to solving problems. It might seem strange for a tester… Continue Reading “some Economics of software”

Bug Reporting can be simple

I was recently asked if I could talk to some of my work colleagues about bugs. More specifically I was asked if i could explain what a good bug report looks like and what information it might contain. The people in focus here are… Continue Reading “Bug Reporting can be simple”

automation – what bugs me

When did we start to believe that automation in testing is intelligent? When did we start to believe that we can automate away human thinking within software testing? When did testers, many of whom rally to a cry of ” we are misunderstood and… Continue Reading “automation – what bugs me”

Creating your story

Acknowledgement: My thanks to Lee Hawkins and Lisa Crispin for reviewing my blog before publishing. I really appreciate you providing the time to provide feedback on my writing. In my last blog Not everybody can test I noted the importance of being able to… Continue Reading “Creating your story”

Not everybody can test

It has been, of late, an interesting time to observe LinkedIn posts. Amongst the popular themes are  “manual testing” and “not everybody can test”. While the term “manual testing” annoys me, for the moment, I’m a little over that discussion. Let’s look at the… Continue Reading “Not everybody can test”

The case against detailed tests cases (part one)

This blog was co-written with Lee Hawkins. You can find Lee’s blog posts at https://therockertester.wordpress.com/ . Lee can be found on Twitter @therockertester We recently read an article on the QA Revolution website, titled 7 Great Reasons to Write Detailed Test Cases, which claims… Continue Reading “The case against detailed tests cases (part one)”

Testing in stealth mode

In my most recent blog Value through simplicity I mentioned how it is possible to take small steps to influence quality and/or reduce complexity. In an “ideal world” you would be able to propose trying an idea and then run the experiment and feel… Continue Reading “Testing in stealth mode”

Value through Simplicity

Testing is a complex activity that has intersections of technology, psychology, analysis and people management (amongst other skills – this in itself could be a blog). Before you get confused, people management, from my testing perspective is working with people and influencing, not being… Continue Reading “Value through Simplicity”

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