Get out your tin whistles

At last after a year of wrangling, shuffling and even some pleading Michael Bolton in association with Testing Times is coming Dublin to give his wonderful Rapid Software Testing Course. Not that Michael needed persuading to come. He jumped at the opportunity. Mostly because he loves giving this course and helping testers well, develop sense. […]

Kids, Kittens and Karma

Have I ever written about how competitive I am?  Lets just say I like to win. A lot.  Best explained by an example I think. In my heyday I was a bit of a runner. Not a bad one, but not the best and I knew it. My favourite race was the 800 meters,  a […]

Walking the walk, but can you talk the talk?

In my experience, selling testing is a lot harder than testing. Despite being Irish, “the gift of the gab”  eludes me, often leaving me tongue tied and twisted when selling my wares. Its one of the reasons I have got myself a business mentor.  His main focus has been for me to understand my ‘product’ […]

Waxing and Waning during Exploratory Testing

I had this great plan for today where I would observe how I work throughout a day of exploratory testing.  Unfortunately, the software is not quite ready for testing, so my plan has been slightly scuppered. Still I suppose this situation is often typical of any testing  scenario, so I will still include it into […]

Testing my backbone

I’m a nice person. Well, I like to think I’m a nice person anyhow, and some people tell me that’s true too. Especially my kids, they tell me I’m the best Mum in the world. Aw shucks! But sometimes, being nice creates problems because I want people to be nice back to me too. This […]

So you want to be a software test consultant?

Today, I’ m handing out some pointers that may or may not help you on your path to becoming a software test consultant. Some of these I’ve gained through bitter experience, others are more hindsight on things I ought to have done. So, without  further ado, here are my tips. 1) Dreams are not goals […]

It’s time to grow up and ditch the security blanket

One of the hardest parts of working as a software tester is keeping on top of new technologies, techniques in testing and development and software testing tools.  I can sometimes feel quite intimidated at the amount of information that I need to absorb in order to keep on top of the game. Gavin Davies writes […]

Is it Nerdy to Test on the weekend?

I’m talking about the European Weekend Tester Sessions that have just started up. This was an entirely different kind of testing. The kids were screaming and running in and out of the house as I sat down on my computer on a beautiful and warm Saturday afternoon to join in with a group of people […]

Back To Basics: Automated Testing

Automating parts of testing has always existed since people have tested software. In my early days of testing the concept of separating testing into manual and automated testing never really existed. Well not where I worked anyhow. We tested, and sometimes we used tools to help us test. In conformance testing we used protocol analysers […]

Always look on the bright side of life..

And what better way, than to download the new Tester Types E-Book. Its a light hearted look at some of the types of testers out there and I guess we could all do with a bit of a laugh now and then. I big hearty thanks to Rob Lambert and Rosie Sherry for writing and […]