We know quality is ‘value to some person’, so it stands to reason that risk is also subjective. If we use risk as a factor to determine what to test, then how you test, what you test and your testing strategy will evolve and change. Is it though? Think of testing within your organisation as […]
The truth is, most developers, project managers and business people don’t understand testing in any deep way. Instead they often resort to shallow imitations, an emperors test suite, if you will.
“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 […]
Michael Bolton tweeted yesterday: Testers: let’s not obsess over trying to be influential, and work on being helpful. And let’s be careful to offer—not inflict—help. #testing — Michael Bolton (@michaelbolton) October 16, 2013 Why do testers insist on trying to be influential? I suspect part of the reason is that part of a tester’s job […]
Those reflections make me realize that my actions and thoughts were more complicated than I could realize afterward, which encouraged me to keep reviewing what I did and exploring how I thought. By doing that, I better understood the purpose behind those activities, and I am being able to sense the essence of what a good testing could be.
As a teenager, I remember being struck by the poignancy of the tomb of the unknown soldier. I’m not sure which tomb it was, in which city. I don’t recall there being one in Ireland, so perhaps it was in London. I remember feeling sad and perhaps a little understanding of the horror of war […]
I had a fantastic time at KWST3 this year. There were a lot of firsts for me. The first time I was in New Zealand, the first time I had been to KWST and the first time I met Brian Osman, plus a whole heap of other testers. I don’t think I’ve been to such […]
If you follow and believe the twitter conversations, it seems that the main reason for getting ISTQB certification is to pass the screening when applying for work. No ISTQB? No interview! My personal experience has been that yes, on one or two occasions I’ve failed to be interviewed based on lack of certification. Rather then […]
Thanks mostly to the BBST classes the AST run, I’ve come to understand and appreciate the impossibility of complete testing and the challenges surrounding ‘complete test coverage’. I find 100% testing coverage a pretty meaningless phrase. Imagine trying the calculate the amount of water in a swimming pool by multiplying the length and width of […]
I’m having a complete blast at the moment adding the finishing touches to my upcoming workshops in Dublin,Belfast and London. The Dublin and Belfast Exploratory Workshops sold out in a couple of days but there are still some seats on the coaching testers workshop in London. This is shaping up to be a great workshop […]