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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 […]

Software Testing

Tension and Negotiation Between Disciplines

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My thinking in this area are evolving and so I expect I’ll be updating this in future posts, but I think there’s enough utility here that is worth sharing. There’s a natural tension that exists (and should exist) between product folks and development folks. For a long time I’ve explained it to people like this: Product […]

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Evolution of Coding Kata – Kata Month

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I’m very lucky to be working at eBay with some of the most talented people I know. More fortunate still perhaps that they indulge me in my regular experiments in making our department a better place to work. I’ve been thinking about what I perceive as deficiencies in coding kata and talking to one of […]

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Retrofitting Cucumber to an existing codebase

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The new job (well, not so new now, but in any case my latest job) uses quite a bit of tech I’d not dug into previously. As far as source control goes, I’m used to centralised SC like SVN (or even CVS in a pinch), so getting my head around a distributed model (Git) took […]

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CAST2010 was awesome

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I spent the last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attending CAST2010 (Conference of the Association for Software Testing). It is difficult to describe the value of a conference like this. It is a collection of some of the most respected minds in software testing, of my peers and of people full of passion for the […]

Software Testing

What I learned from my puzzle exercise

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I’d like to say thank you to everyone who participated in this little puzzle exercise and most especially to everyone who provided feedback. I hope you had fun with it. Well done again to Rushmila Islam who was the first to work out the puzzle. I have posted .the solution at the bottom of this […]

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My Selenium setup so far

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I’m having a lot of fun with this Selenium gig (shh, don’t tell anyone). There have been a few yaks shaved and I’ve seen the inside of some rabbit holes, but there seems to be a lot of good material online to guide you. At this point, I’m running my tests directly from eclipse, though […]

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Adventures in GUI Automation – getting my bearings

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So I mentioned some of the inherent issues that I dislike about QTP 10. One of those appears to be that reusable actions intermittently fail. An action in QTP is a tool-defined item that collects a number of GUI manipulations (or function calls) into a named action. It sounds handy. It probably would be if […]