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The ‘Do Nothing’ heuristic

Sometimes the thought of making ‘big’ decisions gives us that ‘rabbit in the headlights’ look.  ‘Big’ decisions often have outcome can have a significant impact to either ourselves or our company. Lack of information can make these decisions harder to make. Constant decision making over sustained periods of time, and having to make decision in high […]

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No REST for women

There’s plenty of pages giving you links to API Software Testing. Right now in MoT 30 days API Testing Challenge, they are working on collating lots of these which is a great idea.  I wanted to contribute using a different approach. I decided to collate and amplify material created by female (and those identifying as […]

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Lethal Weapon

I’ve spent a day testing a scheduler using a semi-automated technique. It’s a task that is cognitively demanding. It requires creating sophisticated test data, loading it into a scheduler, then identifying if the output is as anticipated.  Sound’s interesting right?  It is. There are lots of different scenarios to test and lots of different dates […]

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Embrace your inner strange

As a tester, there are times you’re going to face pushback, ignorance, and disrespect. I say, pick your self up, don on those red party shoes, let your hair down, turn the music up and let’s get this party going! 

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Beyond the Black Stump

In Australia, the black stump is a metaphor or the edge of civilization., an imaginary beyond which point at the country was considered remote.  There’s a whole lot of value of testing what we know. It helps create a mental model of what the system does. We can start making sense of what the system is […]

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Whose moved my risk?

We know quality is ‘value to some person’, so it stands to reason that risk is also subjective. If we use risk as a factor to determine what to test, then how you test, what you test and your testing strategy will evolve and change. Is it though? Think of testing within your organisation as […]

Black Box Testing

Black Box Testing

Shallow Testing and Deep Testing seem unhelpful terms to anyone outside of software testing. What do you think?

Software Testers: Simply the best (BoB series)

Software Tester’s are a rare breed. We perform a role that can be difficult and not always fully appreciated or recognised. We are often the sceptic on the team, raising difficult questions when no one wants to hear them. We discover unplanned work, we question design, we uncover ambiguity.   It’s not always an easy role. […]

BOB series: Shallow Testing gets a bad wrap

In my Exploratory Testing class, I talk about shallow and deep exploration. When you say the word exploratory testing, many think, ‘just playing around’ on the product. And to some extent that’s true, a good true. So when I talked about shallow exploration it seemed to fit. Different from deep exploration where a systematic approach is […]