Those reflections make me realize that my actions and thoughts were more complicated than I could realize afterward, which encouraged me to keep reviewing what I did and exploring how I thought. By doing that, I better understood the purpose behind those activities, and I am being able to sense the essence of what a good testing could be.
Exploratory Testing takes software testing skill. It also requires the tester be courageous. Let me explain. Exploratory testing is an approach, not a technique. Exploratory Testing is simultaneous learning, design and execution. What information we learn about a product, helps dictate our tests providing us with information that we can share with people around us. […]
Some of my testers have become embedded on a newly formed agile team. Its been a roller coaster ride for sure. Lots of fun, thrills and a few scary points in time where I thought for certain we were not going to make it, or we were heading in the wrong direction. From a testing […]
Anyone who has introduced change into a corporate environment will empathize with his situation. You know the decision to break away from the past is the right one, you run eagerly and embrace change, only to find half way through the journey, your path to success becomes blocked.
I’ve been working with my test team for a while now moving from a process driven approach to a more of an Exploratory one.
Ideas and discussions from the day merge and meld into a boiling cauldron of fizzling synapse and bubbling endorphins and, as much as I try to breath deeply relax and let it all go, I know deep down its all pointless.
The last three months I’ve worked specifically with the goal of my testers taking responsibility for their work. I’m a strong believer that each person is responsible for their own lives. I try to live by it and I expect others to do the same. Its one of the reasons why I endorse and believe […]
Most of when I test I’m thoroughly engaged and involved and enjoying the moment. Then there are those “other” times. Typically for me they happen in the afternoon. My sugar levels get low, I get tired, and I stop testing well. But darn it, there’s so much testing to do! How can I and my […]
I wrote a feature article for Logigear Magazine February Edition entitled Beware the Lotus Eaters. I really enjoyed writing this article, I hope you get something out of it. Beware the Lotus Eaters Oh, and thanks James Bach for reviewing it for me!
I’m heading to Sydney, Australia on 22nd January 2011. I will be looking for test consulting work preferably through my Australian consulting company Testing Times. What do I offer? I shed light on testing problems often obscured or caused by a testing process. I bring a new perspective often hard to gain when inside an […]
Recently, I’ve been reading up on how we approach and report on solving problems. One book recommended to me was Exploring Science by David Klahr. There’s lots in this book. Khlar performs experiments in his “Discovery Lab” where participants are observed solving and reporting problems. He uses a robotic toy called Big Trak. Its a […]