Valencia Hunches in Exploratory Testing

Indulge the Hunch

Have you ever been in a new city or town and been tempted to take a shortcut that you don’t know will actually be short? A hunch tells you it will be quicker. What do you do? Will you take the risk and go with your gut? Or, will you stay on the same path, […]

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QA Career Development

We had the first Quality Engineering Lean Coffee and the following topics: QA Career Development How to assess quality practices and maturity of a team How to attract people to get into a quality career What can help testers when there is no BS or RS documentation QA versus Dev Ratio (bottleneck) How to manage […]

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Options not Obligations

How do we know if we are providing our business partners with suitable options allowing them to reduce their business risk? Is this something worth working towards and measuring?

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Threats to Quality

If, as Gerry Weinberg states Quality is “value to some person” …then the corollary stands that risk is anything that threatens that value.  This can be useful because Quality is an amorphous, shapeshifter, notoriously difficult to nail down. Its final judge is not us but our consumers.  I compare quality to a Black Hole. We can’t […]

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Emergent Quality

If you work in software development, like I do, you most likely work within a complex system. You also, most likely, work on a complex system. Not sure? Try answering these questions: Is it hard to model your system in all its complexity? Is it hard to work out root causes to identified problems? Is it hard […]

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Caroline Herschel (1750 – 1848) Gold Medal Winner of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828

Contemporary Quality Engineering

Some randomish thoughts on quality engineering.  Quality engineering enables visualisation of the state of quality anytime in the delivery lifecycle of a system or service. It does so in terms of its business outcome.  Anne-Marie Charrett  (working definition) Services not Products  The complexity and the distributed nature of our systems today means we are moving […]

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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 […]

no REST for women - mary wollstonecraft

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 […]