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Keynoting Remotely Selenium Conf 2020

I had the absolute pleasure to be invited to keynote at SeleniumConf 2020 in Bangalore. I had decided in February to talk about test leadership and how to lead through uncertainty. And that was before COVID-19 came on the scene! It’s the first time I’ve spoken ‘live’ online at a conference and it doesn’t come […]

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Coaching Upwards

I struggle to complete blog posts. Lena Wiberg suggested we do pair-blogging on a same topic. It’s a great idea. Here’s my version. Lena’s angle is more personal and I love it. You can read it here. Thanks Lena for the suggestion. This topic has been on my mind for a while! TL;DR If you […]

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The beginning of discovery

Lisa Crispin picked up on this small seemingly innocent sentence about the importance of ‘shallow tests’ in discovery “These [shallow] tests are often essential beginnings to discovery” Anne-Marie Charrett “Shallow Testing gets a bad rap” I’m glad she did, thanks Lisa! The idea that cheap easy confirmatory tests are essential to exploration has been a […]

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When the rubber hits the road

Anyone who has attempted to create and then implement a strategy, will know there’s a big difference between what is intended when the strategy is written, and what is realised on implementing a strategy. To the point in software testing, there’s been a push away from writing formal strategies. They’re often seen as irrelevant and […]

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2020: The year of dumping old heuristics

When software testing, it’s handy to use mnemonics/heuristics to refer to. They can be useful as generators of test ideas, or reminders to test in a particular way, or to consider some aspect. What’s a heuristic? Think of a heuristic as a rule of thumb that helps you make a decision about a problem you’re […]