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The Chance to Make a Difference

Way back, around mid 2016, I started talking to Lee Hawkins about putting together a venture that would help people gain employment through software testing skills.  I’ve written about the making, and history, of the EPIC TestAbility Academy (ETA) here and also here. If you…

Given, When, Then….Mental Indigestion

I have a love/hate relationship with acceptance criteria written with the “Given, When, Then” format . It’s not a recent feeling either, it has been something that has bugged me since I started working with teams that write user stories. I’m not “anti” this…

A Moment for Reflection

On the 29th and 30th of June I attended LAST (Lean Agile Systems Thinking) Conference. The reason for my attendance was my first conference presentation. With Lee Hawkins (@therockertester) we presented our experiences of setting up the EPIC Testability Academy (ETA), running the classes…

Change – This is going to be EPIC

As we move from 2016 to 2017 there are a couple of things that really excite me about 2017. I start a new job with Travelport Locomote. This company produces software for corporate travel management. It’s a new domain for me, and that’s interesting….

Building Bridges

Many, many years ago I went to college and graduated as a teacher. I was going to say “became a teacher” but that would be wrong. College gives you a level of preparation to become a teacher but you don’t actually become one until…

Testing and Life Collide

I often hear how testing is part of life. I even use that, or related references, myself. Over the past few days I’ve been able to observe life and testing intersecting in a setting that is not part of my “everyday life”. This story…

The analogy that refuses to die

There are many pleasures being involved in software development. I’ve been involved as a Business Analyst, Support Desk Lead and a Tester. Working with smart people, working with people that are passionate about doing a good job, meeting with likeminded people that enjoying discussing…

It’s only words

I had a conversation today that many of you have probably had a t some time. Not necessarily this conversation but one that is a parallel experience. I overheard a discussion that had a Tester talking to a new Developer in our company. The…

OK – well maybe it’s not

I’m lucky enough to work with a company that has always had a high cultural diversity amongst its people. I find it interesting how that diversity of backgrounds can influence and broaden thinking. Sometimes it directly influences through solution approaches, other times it is…

Is Hybrid Really OK?

Published – LinkedIn – March 3, 2016 I find it interesting that hybrid development structures are becoming such a hot topic. A steady stream of articles are appearing to justify the hybrid landing point. My problem with the acceptance of a hybrid model is that…

Things we say, things we don’t mean

The Ministry of Testing recently tweeted a list of  words that make testers feel “icky” and those that make testers feel “good”.  I have inserted the list below.     The list is crowd sourced, provided by testers who responded to a request to provide…

Time To Say Farewell

Welcome to my blog. This time I’m not writing about testing, management or problems with estimates. This blog is dedicated to something much more real, something much more relevant than our “9 to 5” lives. You see, in the early hours of Monday 29th…

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