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Test is a four letter word

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When you hear the word ‘test’, what does that mean to you? (If you just said ‘it depends’, congratulations, you’ve earned your ‘consultant’s answer to everything’ badge). When folks who aren’t career software testers use the word ‘test’, it frequently comes with a raft of associations that are decidedly different to what many software testers […]

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You probably need fewer testers than you think

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I have noticed that companies have a tendency to conflate software quality problems with software testing problems. This sometimes leads to a knee-jerk reaction to conclude ‘we need more testers’ or ‘we need better automation’.  The net result is hiring more software testers than you actually need. Software quality suffers for all sorts of reasons. […]

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The little debate that couldn’t

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There was to be a debate at Foo Café in Malmö in early November about the ISO29119 software testing standard. It was to feature Karen N. Johnson and myself debating Stuart Reid and Anne Mette Hass on whether the current volumes should be retracted and the upcoming volumes suspended. At the time I was invited […]

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Testing – An activity, not a role

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If you’re a tester and the title of this post made your heart beat a little faster, then bear with me for a paragraph or two before you scroll down to the comments section to rant. I’ve been doing this testing thing for a while now. I’ve worked the full spectrum from heavily conservative, highly […]

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plus1 for testers in dev

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Trish Khoo wrote an excellent blog post on being a tester in an a programming team. More specifically, a team that values testing and incorporates it into everything they do. I found myself nodding along with Trish’s post and identifying very strongly with her experiences. I fear whatever I write in addition to her post […]

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Program co-chair for CAST2013

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The CAST2013 Call for Participation has been announced. I’m stoked to have been selected along with my very good friend Louise Perold as the program co-chairs. We chose the theme “Old Lessons applied and new lessons learned: advancing the practice and building a foundation for the future.” We think it reflects where we’re at as an […]

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The Testing Dead – Part 4

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If it’s true that zombie testers are being churned out faster than we can rehabilitate them, then what do we do about them? Asked in a perhaps less provocative way, how do we go about making sure that zombie-like testing behavior is neither encouraged, nor rewarded? When you begin speaking with management types who have thus […]

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The Testing Dead – Part 2

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In my first post on The Testing Dead, I identified a number of patterns of behavior that I like to call Zombie Testing. Is this really a problem we need to be concerned about? I think it is, for a number of reasons. I think Zombie Testing has the ability to infect an organization. It’s […]

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The Testing Dead Part 1

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The zombie apocalypse has occurred. They walk among us even now – The Testing Dead. These dead-eyed, soulless creatures make sounds that seem human, but they’re an empty shell inside and will bite you if provoked. Left unchecked, Zombie Testers will infect an organization with their disease. Zombie testing is any rote application of testing […]