Scientia potentia est

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“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 […]

Knowing the unknown

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in insight, software testing

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 […]

Where have all the good jobs gone?

Posted 24 CommentsPosted in agile, insight, jobs

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 […]

That coverage problem

Posted 4 CommentsPosted in insight, repeatability

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 […]

Training Testers

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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 […]

The Buzz On Testing

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We’re witnessing a revolution my dear comrades. The tide is turning on drone testing  The word is out. Skill Matters! Classes such as Rapid Software Testing (developed by James Bach and Michael Bolton), Just in Time (Rob Sabourin) and Elizabeth Hendrikson Exploratory Testing classes are becoming more popular.  They say “Test is Dead” but I […]