How to avoid being fooled in software testing

As software testers, our role is to avoid being fooled by many things. For instance, we try to avoid being fooled by the product, what people believe they understand, what many insist is the ‘right or wrong way’ to test. To avoid being fooled we often challenge our assumptions or the team’s assumptions of what we know. Here are some other ways we can avoid being fooled. 

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Free Online Coaching on software testing

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Badass Tester Marshmallow

When Keith worked at Barclays he held me up as the pinnacle of what a badass tester was. I found this funny as only the other week I had been called a marshmallow and so the phrase ‘badass tester marshmallow’ was born.  Why was I given the name ‘badass tester’?  You’ll have to listen to the […]

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 […]

Quality and the Toyota Production Model

I saw this tweet the other day prompting this post on quality, visualisation and quality at pace.  Don’t worry @Tracey_san, I am not going to tweet the entire book. “The Toyota Engagement Equation.” #lean pic.twitter.com/9jQBXBPMt6 — Mark Graban (@MarkGraban) August 3, 2017 Understanding Quality “Quality is value to some person” is a Jerry Weinberg quote emphasising […]

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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.

Quality Workshop

How do you help a team to agree on a working definition of quality? I developed this quality workshop for this purpose, but also to help them apply it in a concrete way.

What Teenagers and MVP have in common

Teenage children can be the classic MVP’s (Minimal Viable Products) in action. Here’s why: They tend to be  self deterministic They tend to experiment constantly They don’t attempt to predict the future but learn from their experiments They typically have no endstate in mind that they wish to be made explicit They have courage to outline […]