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You can make stats say pretty much anything.

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Jared Quinert pointed out to me that I missed an opportunity to work in a good point about testing in my entry supporting the WGA. I’ve recently been struggling with the task of coming up with meaningful stats to report to my handlers to help justify the existence of my team and anyone with a […]

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Bug advocacy and the art of screenwriting

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Writing for the screen has many similarities with software development. It is a highly collaborative affair, and one that requires patience, skill, clear communication and quite possibly a penchant for the masochistic. A screenwriter has only 120 pages in which to tell their story. It sounds like a lot, but when you can write only […]

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It’s not the writers.

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Another non-software testing / non kendo post, but for what it is worth, I want to lend my support to some people that deserve it. If you watch t.v. or see movies, you probably know there’s a strike on at the moment. I have a few friends who are participating. Your favourite television series might […]

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It’s easy to bullshit yourself

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It’s easy to tell yourself that you’re training hard when in actual fact you’re slacking off. I find myself doing it far too often for my liking. If in the kendojo I’m fighting beginners, I might fend off attacks in order to get them to try and work out why they are unsuccessful. Nothing necessarily […]

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Discussions around AI

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I recently read James Bach’s blog entry on Artificial Intelligence and the concept of the Singularity. I have very limited exposure to the limitations and abilities of AI research as it stands, but I did have a couple of counter-questions to some that James posed. ‘What are the features of AI?‘ I don’t know. My […]

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I tried that once. Didn’t like it.

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I was having lunch with a friend of mine several weeks ago and mentioned that I was attending a scotch whiskey convention. He turned up his nose and said ‘yeah, I’m not a fan of scotch’. ‘Fair enough’ I said, and thought no more of it. Now, upfront I must admit to being a whisky […]

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That’s not a bug, it’s like that by design.

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When I hear this phrase it is occasionally followed by a sort of forlorn sense of resignation (and the urge to say ‘well, your design is shit’), but more often by hope that a healthy, spirited discussion is about to take place – especially when that phrase is subsequently followed by ‘No user would ever […]

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The Outside Context Problem

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My regular reader might have noticed that I (re)read a book called ‘Excession‘ recently. Penned by a gent called Iain Banks, who in my opinion, can excrete pure gold. It is a great read. For those of you already familiar with his work, it probably needs no introduction. For those yet to experience it – […]

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The four sicknesses of kendo (and software testing)

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I began writing this entry and almost immediately discovered this entry from Michael Bolton on emotions and oracles, which explains things probably more eloquently than I am trying to. I can’t really speak as to why emotion isn’t valued by some testers. I haven’t encountered any situations where this has been the case – I […]