Bizcamp Talk

I gave a talk at Bizcamp this year on how to get the most out of your software testing. This was an interesting challenge as the I wasn’t speaking to software testers but developers. How could I help developers and small companies test better? I decided to go down the path of identifying typical traps […]

Walking the walk, but can you talk the talk?

In my experience, selling testing is a lot harder than testing. Despite being Irish, “the gift of the gab”  eludes me, often leaving me tongue tied and twisted when selling my wares. Its one of the reasons I have got myself a business mentor.  His main focus has been for me to understand my ‘product’ […]

Changing the Goal Posts

I got a chance to watch some Gaelic Football recently as my two sons have started playing hurling and gaelic football.  Hurling is a fairly ferocious sport where everyone goes for the ball with hands and sticks. Gaelic Football gives the appearance of being a far kinder sport. However, the Australian version (aka Aussie Rules), […]

Test Tools for Covert Operations

I have one of my clients to thank for this tip. I was performing some software testing recently on a product that had both a software and hardware element to it. The unique setup of the laptop, and  peripheral equipment meant I that there was only one test environment available.  I was fortunate not to […]

In search of the ultimate bug tracking tool

As many of you know, I’ve been on the hunt for a bug tracking tool for a while now and I’m glad to say the hunt is over. I needed this bug tracking tool to meet some key criteria. 1) It had to be easy to install. Startups don’t always have a reputation of up […]

Software Test Reports for Startups

My test reports have deviated a lot since the early days of testing. Nowadays, first and foremost I provide an opinion of the software. I make sure I highlight both positives and negatives that I see in the product. Naturally, I provide a list of bugs I find, but I also provide a list of […]

Black and White and Red all over….

As I was reading it, I felt a mixture of pride, satisfaction and surprise. I didn’t realise I could write so well….maybe it’s to do with the fact its a published article, or maybe its because the self satisfaction is putting a rosy tint on the whole thing. I don’t know….I don’t really care.
Now leave me alone whilst I bask in my halo of self content…..

Software Testing & Startups Talk in Dublin and Belfast

If anyone is interested there will be a softtest event this month (May) in Dublin and Belfast. I am giving a talk on software testing and startups. Here’s the abstract Software Testing in the world of Start Ups This presentation offers a glimpse into software testing in the world of startups. It looks at the […]

Better than Beta? You Betcha!

I ashamed to say that until recently I bought into this misconception. Its only when I started doing some research into beta testing, that I discovered the amount of work and effort it took to. So I’m doing a Mythbuster session.