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The beginning of discovery

Lisa Crispin picked up on this small seemingly innocent sentence about the importance of ‘shallow tests’ in discovery “These [shallow] tests are often essential beginnings to discovery” Anne-Marie Charrett “Shallow Testing gets a bad rap” I’m glad she did, thanks Lisa! The idea that cheap easy confirmatory tests are essential to exploration has been a […]

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No women speakers? No Bother!

That might surprise you if you listened the Eurostar Webinar last week where Fiona Charles and I explored the numbers of women speaking at software testing conferences. If you didn’t hear it you can now  (Spoiler ahead it’s roughly 25%*)   Considering that there are more women in testing than other technical professions you might be surprised by this. Unfortunately […]

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In pursuit of coaching excellence

When you coach a tester you’re working in an environment that dynamically changes as both the student and coach work through a coaching task.  If you look at the diagram below you can see all the different attributes that might change throughout a coaching session. Also, throughout the coaching session, the student and coach have […]

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insight software testing

I am the Queen of Defocus

I remember the day I earned the self acclaimed title of Queen of Defocus. I had been testing for about 3 years and had been hired as the *only* tester in an R&D lab of about thirty engineers. I also happened to be the only female engineer at the time, so I was Queen of […]

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Exploratory Testing insight

An affidavit of sorts

The last three months I’ve worked specifically with the goal of my testers taking responsibility for their work. I’m a strong believer that each person is responsible for their own lives. I try to  live by it and I expect others to do the same. Its one of the reasons why I endorse and believe […]