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 […]

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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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┬áto 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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Becoming a testing craftsman

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I recently came back from teaching a day-long workshop at the Eurostar Conference in Gothenburg. My wonderful co-host Jim Holmes and I wanted to talk about becoming a testing craftsman. Jim was inspired by the software craftsmanship movement to create this workshop. I think the concept from this community that has resonated most with both […]

Automation

Eliminate boring testing: Automating visual comparison

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Recently I found myself in a familiar testing situation – a developer had made a change to a feature that required testing by visual comparison. Hours of tedious, repetitive manual testing awaited me. Campaign Monitor is a web app that allows users to import an HTML page and send it as an email to a […]

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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 […]