Scientia potentia est

“Knowledge is power” Jerry Weinberg cites courage as the most important trait in a tester. Quoting Kipling, Jerry says testers need to “keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you.” But I see a another type of courage at play in software testing. Testers are foremost learners. Through enquiry,they learn […]

What drives your learning?

What drives people to take up my offer of free Skype coaching? Most testers when asked give on of the following reasons: 1) they want to pass an exam 2) They are having difficulty at work and need to get over some particular obstacle 3) They want to test themselves 4) They want a particular […]

On conferences and insomnia

Ideas and discussions from the day merge and meld into a boiling cauldron of fizzling synapse and bubbling endorphins and, as much as I try to breath deeply relax and let it all go, I know deep down its all pointless.

Teaching or Learning?

Do you have a focus when giving training? Sometimes, in my eagerness to ‘teach’ I forget to focus on something important. I forget that the lesson is about the student not me. I become more more concerned in my ability to be able to teach effectively. I want the student to come away feeling they have […]

It’s time to grow up and ditch the security blanket

One of the hardest parts of working as a software tester is keeping on top of new technologies, techniques in testing and development and software testing tools.  I can sometimes feel quite intimidated at the amount of information that I need to absorb in order to keep on top of the game. Gavin Davies writes […]