Test approach

Rock solid testing without hiring an army

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This is my favorite talk that I’ve ever done. I presented it at the Business of Software conference in Boston last year. The audience were business people – company founders, CEOs, CTOs, folks like that. So it’s also the best description I have yet of the kind of work I do, aimed at people who […]

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Heading home

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It’s been richly rewarding experience living in Silicon Valley for the last year and a half, but due to various factors I’ve decided to head back home to Australia and take some time off work to focus on my health and spend time with my family. I’ll be based in Brisbane for the most part, […]

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Preparing for your presentation

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Presentations used to terrify me. I remember stressing for days about having to give a 3 minute presentation in high school about a topic of my choice. I chose “ghosts” and in my nervousness completely forgot my talk one minute in and started directly citing the textbook I’d read instead, discovering to my surprise that […]

Test Management

Good reads

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Some books I’ve read that I found useful in my career and my life. The Logic of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations (Dietrich Dörner) One of my pet hates is when people try to oversimplify a complex problem in order to make it solvable. For example, “we’ll just automate everything through Webdriver and […]

Random musings

How I became a programmer

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And now for something completely different. Head on over to Medium to read my short tale of how I became a programmer. It was a truly spiritual journey, involving dancing squash. I’m not 100% sure of why I wrote it on Medium instead of here. There’s just something about Medium that makes me want to […]

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Interview by Fog Creek Software blog

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I was recently interviewed by Fog Creek Software’s blog about embedded testers in development teams. Check it out here to listen to me rant about how software testing needs to be a core competency of the software engineering discipline. Note: I mentioned a book in this interview “Driven by tests” but I got the name horrifically […]

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Introducing Speak Easy

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I’m delighted to announce that I have agreed to be a regional patron for Speak Easy – a program designed to increase diversity in tech conferences through dedicated conference spots, mentoring and events. Speaking at your first tech conference can be intimidating, but it’s very rewarding. I’ve written about my experiences before. If you would like to get […]

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Start spreading the news: CAST keynote in NYC

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I’m excited to announce that I’ll be giving a keynote at CAST 2014 this August in New York City! The title of my talk is “Scaling up with Embedded Testing”. The theme of CAST this year is “The Art and Science of testing” and the speaker lineup looks fantastic. I’m really looking forward to spending […]