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 […]

Automation

Testing vs Checking

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I wish I had seen this post – Testing vs Checking by Michael Bolton – about a year ago when I was trying to explain this concept to my manager at the time. The manager’s opinion was that testing = checking, and as soon as checking was done, that meant that testing was done. The […]

Office survival

Explaining testing

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Explaining testing to them, by James Bach. This is a great article for anyone in a test leadership role. I don’t think I’m quite at the point where I have the experience and patience to talk like this guy, but I’d like to get there someday.

Office survival

What percentage done are you?

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Great post from one of my first-ever bosses, Mr Gary Corby – The three numbers that scare me: 90, 95 and 99. It also reminds me of a team-building exercise I once participated in. In each team, there was basically a manager, a middle manager and three minions. The three minions could only talk to […]

Manual testing

Extreme Testing (XT)

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I find that most test methodologies today don’t fit very well with agile development methodologies. Whenever requirements change, the developers adapt fairly easily but the testers are still gritting their teeth because they have to update a huge backlog of test cases for regression testing. Most test orgs do try to do similar tasks at […]

Automation

One Automation Please

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Automated tests – everybody wants them, right? I’ve seen the hunger in people’s eyes when they hear about a suite of tests that run themselves. It sounds so high-tech and glamorous – machines running all your tests for you so you just have to check the results at the end of the day. But it’s […]