Random musings

Web Check-in

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The following conversation took place last Friday night between me and my significant other: Mister (seeing me using computer): Are you doing a web check-in? Me: What? What do you mean? Mister: A web check-in. Are you checking in on the web? Me: Why on earth would I be doing that? What the…(pause)…oh you mean […]

Test cases

Middle ground

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You know, I once came in partway through a project with test cases that were a little light on the details, like: Move team. It was a little perplexing to say the least. How do I move a team and what’s meant to happen once I do it? The other testers were just as confused […]

Automation

Hypothetical

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Imagine there are two hunters, Iggy and Norgu. They go hunting every day in the forest, looking for deer. They know from experience where the deer usually congregate and how to catch them. They usually bring home a few deer each day. One day Norgu has a bright idea. If he digs a few pit […]

Automation

Automation with a purpose

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Very few automators have the time to automate tests to cover every test case for every feature. However, it is usually possible to either automate most test cases for SOME features, or SOME test cases of EVERY feature. For this reason, it is a good idea to consider from the outset what the primary goal […]

News

A new world of blog

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Hi everybody, you may remember me from such blogs as http://hogfish.spaces.live.com/. Well I thought it’s about time I set up a decent blog for all this testing stuff and here it is. I know I haven’t blogged in a long time, but I’m finally learning stuff again so the blogging fever has hit me again. […]

Test cases

Test Cases – the search continues

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The search for the perfect test case format I mean. Ideally a test case document should be such that any n00b can just come along, never having seen your application before and test the bejeezus out of it.   So ideally, each test case should somehow communicate: How to get to the area you are […]

Random musings

Innocent until proven guilty

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I think there is a lot to be said about the attitude of a tester. Imagine you are one of those cops on one of the really hardcore cop shows and you’ve got some chump under arrest. You know he did it, but you have no evidence. Is your conversation going to go like this? […]

Defect tracking

Triage

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My MSN special message often features something about “triage”, and one of my esteemed colleagues suggested I write a blog entry about it. “Not a bad idea”, thought I, “after all, many an onlien frenz has asked me what triage is”.   In medical terms, I am led to believe that the triage process involves […]

Bugs

The importance of raising issues properly

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Imagine you’ve just joined a project that’s been going for 6 months. Maybe you’re the first tester to enter the project for months, maybe the old tester quit or died or something. Maybe you’re just doing regression testing. Anyhow, you’re left with a heap of issues that look something like: Error occurs Editing field does […]