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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 […]

A different perspective on Boundary Testing

The book ‘Boundaries after a pathological relationship‘ by Adele Birch has a load of practical advice on boundaries in relationships. As Trish Khoo who recommended it to me said: “even if you don’t think you’ve had a pathological relationship, this is a good guide to setting and enforcing personal boundaries”, and it is. It’s full of […]

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Test Leadership is here to stay

Test Leadership is so important is because it’s needed to help testing be responsive to change. The complexity and level of uncertainty within which we now test means we can’t hold rigidly to doctrine or external process.

The Base Camp Heuristic

The ‘Base Camp’ heuristic is the work required to find any bug. Typically ‘Base Camp’ bugs tend to be low lying fruit and can be found quickly, especially if a tester is experienced. In the world of Daniel Kahneman, these bugs are found using Systems 1 thinking. To discover an ‘Everest’ type bug requires Base […]

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 […]

Nice girls don’t get the Keynote

Keynotes are something to be earned and rightly so. Typically a keynote comes from someone who likes to speak, who is good at speaking, and has something interesting to talk about. I know many women testers who meet the above criteria. They have the requisite ‘merit’ required to be a keynoter. They have thoughtful ideas, are good speakers […]

Paying Attention to Paying Attention to Detail

One question I often ask a tester in an interview is what they believe are the essential skills that differentiate a good tester from a great tester. One of the common replies is “Paying attention to detail”. But what does that really mean? Start with detail. What do you mean by detail? Mrs Google offers the […]

Bobbing for Embedded Apples

One of my first recollections of physics is the image of Archimedes running down the street, dripping wet from his bath and shouting: “Eureka I found it!” on discovering his principle of fluid displacement to measure the force. Add to that Isaac Newton who quietly sat under an apple tree, musing the day away until he discovered […]

How’s your signal to noise ratio going?

It’s not only engineers that need to deal with S/N (Signal to Noise Ratio).  Test Managers have to deal with lots of noise, in managing projects, dealing with stakeholders, identifying potential future risk, maintaining test environments, hiring testers, and meetings,meetings & meetings. Traditionally that’s what the role has involved. We deal with the noise, so […]