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Female technologists, let’s be heard

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As I do a lot of public speaking these days, I’m often amused to hear the feedback that I’m a “very natural speaker”. People are always surprised when I tell them that I used to be very shy. Actually “shy” doesn’t even cover it. Two years ago I reunited with my friend Masami, who is […]

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Thoughts from #telsum

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A few weeks ago I one of a lucky few to have the chance to go to the Telerik Testing Summit (#telsum). It’s an invite-only annual peer conference held in Austin, Texas and I was in good company with fellow attendees Paul Carvalho, Adam Goucher, AlanPage, Matt Brandt, Selena Delesie, Matt Barcomb, Jeff Morgan, Marlena […]

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One simple suggestion to encourage more women into IT

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Last week I wrote a blog post about a conversation I had with a young girl about women who work in technology. I did not anticipate such a massive response! #1 on Hacker News and almost 40,000 page visits in 24 hours. I’m encouraged to know that so many people are thinking about this topic. […]

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Testing Positive

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I gave a talk at the Sydney Testers Meetup last year called something very New-Age-sounding like “The Power of Positive Testing”. It was a short talk with a positive message so I thought I’d spruce it up a bit and present it to the London Tester Gathering now that I live on this side of […]

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The test of cool

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I remember three things that made me think testing was cool before I was a tester. The first one was when I was a high school student and I was reading an article online that a tester for LucasArts games wrote. It was a funny “day in the life” piece, and described how he got […]

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Testers with Asperger’s Syndrome: A twinterview with Michael Drejer

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Recently, a link came my way about Aspiritech, a testing company that only hires testers with Asperger’s Syndrome or high-functioning Autism. I’d heard of companies like this before, and was curious about the advantages and limitations of this testing approach, and about what made software testing so suited to this demographic. So I expressed some […]

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Curing fake testing with education

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There’s a plague upon the testing craft, and it’s called “fake testing”. You could also call it “ineffective testing”. Here’s James Bach’s guide to faking a test project. I believe fake testing is generally practiced by testers who just don’t know any better. We can’t really blame them. Most testers “fall in” to the profession. […]