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Lethal Weapon

I’ve spent a day testing a scheduler using a semi-automated technique. It’s a task that is cognitively demanding. It requires creating sophisticated test data, loading it into a scheduler, then identifying if the output is as anticipated.  Sound’s interesting right?  It is. There are lots of different scenarios to test and lots of different dates […]

Courage in Exploratory Testing

Exploratory Testing takes software testing skill. It also requires the tester be courageous. Let me explain. Exploratory testing is an approach, not a technique. Exploratory Testing is simultaneous learning, design and execution. What information we learn about a product, helps dictate our tests providing us with information that we can share with people around us. […]

Speed Kills

Some of my testers have become embedded on a newly formed agile team. Its been a roller coaster ride for sure. Lots of fun, thrills and a few scary points in time where I thought for certain we were not going to make it, or we were heading in the wrong direction. From a testing […]

Crossing the bridge over no-man’s land

Anyone who has introduced change into a corporate environment will empathize with his situation. You know the decision to break away from the past is the right one, you run eagerly and embrace change, only to find half way through the journey, your path to success becomes blocked.
I’ve been working with my test team for a while now moving from a process driven approach to a more of an Exploratory one.

Beware the Lotus Eaters

I wrote a feature article for Logigear Magazine February Edition entitled Beware the Lotus Eaters. I really enjoyed writing this article, I hope you get something out of it. Beware the Lotus Eaters Oh, and thanks James Bach for reviewing it for me! If you like what you read? Share and I will keep writing […]

Rapids Software Testing

As some of you know, I’m in the process of creating an Exploratory Testing workshop. It’s been a bit of a wild adventure, but hey, I’m clinging tightly to my oars as I hurtle down the rapids of ET adventure. Have you ever been white water rafting? I have, and here’s a tip, don’t bother […]

reinventing the wheel

I liken my experience of creating an Exploratory Testing workshop as similar to recreating the wheel. It would be easy to copy someone else’s version of a wheel, after all there are a lot of great wheels out there. Alternatively, I could create my own wheel. But how do I do that? How do you […]

Get out your tin whistles

At last after a year of wrangling, shuffling and even some pleading Michael Bolton in association with Testing Times is coming Dublin to give his wonderful Rapid Software Testing Course. Not that Michael needed persuading to come. He jumped at the opportunity. Mostly because he loves giving this course and helping testers well, develop sense. […]

Are you a Buccaneer Parrot?

I’ve had a couple of ‘epiphanies’ this morning and consequently have that weird floaty, happy/anxious feeling that I get at moments like this. I didn’t go to StarEast but I, along with countless other software testers have been watching the virtual show through twitter. Some of it I let go, but a couple of links […]

Holding the cat by the tail

I thought Jack Margo’s interview by UTest was very interesting. What caught my eye was the following statement: The days of specialists are mostly killed from the recession…you have to be flexible and know multiple disciplines to exist in today’s dev environment.  In web development alone, you need to be proficient with XML, DHTML, JS, […]