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The Software Mechanic

Having explained the role of a software tester to a non IT person they replied: So it’s like I’m taking my car to a garage to get serviced by a mechanic and all that the mechanic does is to find everything that needs to be fixed, tell me and walks away? The Software Mechanic To […]

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Nuance on leaving testing to the experts

Non testers will always have views and opinions on testing. But it’s a problem when those opinions start impacting my testing in a negative way. Then I’m failing in my responsibility to perform testing to my best ability. The intent of control is to do a job well, not to hold power over people.

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Agile Australia and Intent based Leadership

Today I went to Agile Australia as an attendee. That’s a first for me, usually, I’m speaking. It was wonderful to go with a different purpose, which is to learn from others. Typically, if I’m speaking I’m so focused on ‘my talk’ and getting ready for ‘my talk’ that I don’t feel very open to […]

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agile software testing

Hi, my name is Done and I’m conflicted

If there is ever one word that highlights the difference between a tester and a developer’s mindset it has to be the word done. Developers¹ tend think of done as a form of sign off. A story is done when the code is complete. For many developers, it’s when the code is complete, tested and deployed. Done […]

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agile quality

Why waterfall kicks ass

We need a little more humility in acknowledging the great shoulders that agile stands on. Its simplistic to identify in hindsight a ‘waterfall’ mindset. Such a thing did not exist. Instead lets view them as the agile manifesto encourages us to do, to view them as people attempting to deliver quality software just like we are attempting to do today.