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A Developer’s Ode to a Tester

Oh tester why dost  thou despair? The code is right of this we are aware! We verify. We know what we do know No need to doubt and think of all this woe! Instead be bright and bring us certainty, Let Done be Done, thus ends this homily!

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Dropping the Ball

Does the thought of ‘dropping the ball’ fill you with dread ?  Perhaps you feel you will let people down, or more importantly yourself? Here’s a thought experiment: What if you actually let the ball drop? Do you know what might happen?  Will the sky fall?  Are people let down? If so, is that so bad? We […]

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Hanging up my boots

My family and I  arrived in Dublin on a cold dark wintry November night in 2008. At least metaphorically speaking it was. It was right after the GFC and we watched a country and economy wrestle with the prospect of becoming bankrupt. Regardless, Dublin’s IT and entrepreneurial spirit flourished. People who were made redundant invested […]

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Are we there yet?

Ever been on a long car journey packed with young kids? I remember these eight-hour drives with six kids crammed into a car driving to our holiday destination. My younger brother, in particular, was annoying, constantly asking questions and irritating his sisters. By far the most irritating question (especially to our parents) was: Are we […]

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Question with sprinkle of humility on the side

Michael Bolton tweeted yesterday: Testers: let’s not obsess over trying to be influential, and work on being helpful. And let’s be careful to offer—not inflict—help. #testing — Michael Bolton (@michaelbolton) October 16, 2013 Why do testers insist on trying to be influential? I suspect part of the reason is that part of a tester’s job […]