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An open letter to the blog publisher of professionaltester.com

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To the publisher(s) of the blog post entitled ‘Book burners threaten (old) new testing standard’ on professionaltester.com on August 20, 2014: (I have attached an image of said blog’s text in case it should change or be removed in future) At CAST2014, a number of like-minded professional testers got together after a very insightful presentation […]

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The role of testing is heuristic

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Hang on a sec, didn’t I just get done saying testing is an activity and not a role? I did say that, didn’t I? Did I mean it? Well, it’s true in the same sense that Darth Vader killing Anakin Skywalker is true. As Obi Wan said – ‘from a certain point of view’ – […]

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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 3

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Previously on the Testing Dead I talked about various forms of behavioral dysfunction that I call Zombie Testing and why that’s a problem. So what can you do if you find yourself with a zombie infestation at your place of work?   Well you could fire them, but you may not want to make that […]

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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 […]