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My very long year

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2010 was a pretty big year for me as a tester. Actually, I’m not going to be shy about this – it was a pretty big year for me in all respects. I’ll tell you a story. Chapter 1: The mentor When I first started work at Campaign Monitor in 2009, I was the only […]

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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 […]

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Security testing and a cheesy weekend testing session

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Yesterday I did my first weekend testing session. Weekend testing is an event where a group of testers hop onto Skype on the weekend to do some testing-related activity and talk about it. Collaborative learning! Very geeky, very fun. I really have to give a big thanks to Marlena Compton for organising weekend testing for […]

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Daily Testing Tip

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If you’re a tester on twitter, follow @dailytestingtip for handy testing tips each day. You may even see a tip from me or the Maverick Tester occasionally. If you’re not on twitter, why not? Come on, get with the times and join the fun!

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Name change

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Yep, I did it again, I changed the name of the blog. Hopefully it’s the last name change. I just thought “scary tester” was a bit negative, and I’m not really a scary person, so now it’s “purple box testing”. You know – white box, black box, grey box – well they’re all pretty bland […]

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Interesting article roundup

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A few articles I’ve come across lately that are a good read: When NOT to fix bugs: Hard-assed Bug Fixin’ – Joel Spolsky What makes a good tester: Hallmarks of a Good Tester – Michael Hunter What makes testers different: It’s different in Test – Harry Robinson

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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. […]