Test approach

Dungeons & Dragons & Testing

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Since getting into Dungeons & Dragons tabletop gaming this year, a few people in the software development and testing community have chatted to me about parallels between D&D and software development. In particular, there has been some interest around the way players are assigned roles, skill levels and abilities – does this sound like your […]

Hiring

Better hiring with less bias

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When I worked at Google, all employees were encouraged to take an unconscious bias test to help us uncover and reflect upon our personal biases. The test covered areas such as gender, race and sexual orientation. The test I took is very similar to the “Sexuality IAT” test at this website (near the bottom of […]

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 […]

Reporting

The evolution of the QA newsletter

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Last night I had a dream that I was leaving Campaign Monitor. Then I woke up and realised that in less than a week, this sad dream was going to come true. I’ve had such a great time working here and I’ll miss it immensely. It’s a sad truth that often, doing what’s best for […]

Reporting

Dashboards Redux

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Last year, James Martin and I wrote an article for The Testing Planet about low-tech dashboards. Even though James has now left Campaign Monitor and flown to the other side of the world, the power of the internet has enabled us to bring you this nostalgic review of dashboards past. The basic idea was that […]

News

How to find a good tester?

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In case I haven’t spruiked it enough yet, we’re currently looking for a new tester here at Campaign Monitor. From previous hiring experience, I know that it’s tough work to find a good tester, especially here in Australia. Writing job descriptions is something I’ve always found a bit difficult. Luckily, this time around I’ve had […]

News

Low-tech dashboards

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Happy new year all! The latest issue of The Testing Planet features an article written by myself and Campaign Monitor colleague James Martin, entitled Dash Dash Evolution. It’s a story of our experiences using low-tech dashboards as a method of reporting. Since writing it, we’re still evolving our reporting methods, so I’d love to hear […]

Automation

Make your tests agile too: wiki

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This is a story about my experience in using a wiki to manage test cases. Over the past few years, I have been evaluating different test case management approaches and tools. At first I was looking for a one-fits-all solution, but it quickly became apparent that such a dream was impossible to achieve. At Campaign […]