Automation

Performance testing on a budget

Posted on

If you’re a software tester, sooner or later someone will ask you to be involved in performance testing. If you don’t know much about performance testing, it can be pretty daunting. Even if you do know a lot about performance testing, it can still be pretty daunting, especially if there are strict time and budget […]

Automation

Testing vs Checking

Posted on

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 […]

Manual testing

“Just test everything”

Posted on

I get a little irritated when I get asked to “just test everything” and developers don’t understand why. So here’s why. Let’s say we’re testing Twitter. To make it even simpler, we’re not testing all of it, just the web page where you type your thoughts into the box and click update. In fact, forget […]

Automation

Selenium for manual testers

Posted on

Hey manual testers, here’s a handy tool for you – Selenium. And you don’t even have to be an automation guru to use it. Download Selenium, it’s free. Stop freaking out, you don’t actually have to learn the inner workings of Selenium, just use its most basic features. Give the record and playback a little […]

Manual testing

Extreme Testing (XT)

Posted on

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 […]

Manual testing

Imagination is a wonderful thing

Posted on

Here’s a little something I like to do when I’m running short of bugs to find and generally getting kind of bored running the same tests over and over again. I usually find a fair few bugs this way, and if I don’t, well it’s pretty entertaining anyway.   So let’s say you’re testing an […]

Manual testing

Lorem Ipsum

Posted on

A coworker showed me this the other day – The Lorem Ipsum Generator. It’s probably not a newsflash for most people, but it’s a generator of big chunks of gibberish that you can customise to be as long or short as you like. It’s really handy for when you are testing forms or documents and […]

Manual testing

The lazy methodology, part II

Posted on

As it turns out, there is a second part to the Lazy Methodology. As well as finding bugs as a result of programmer laziness, you can also find bugs as a result of tester laziness.   It’s pretty simple, way simpler than Part I. You just have to look through the list of current or […]

Manual testing

The lazy methodology

Posted on

Hi again all, welcome once more to a wonderful journey into the world of testing. Or, as we in the industry like to call it, “Testopia”.   Today I shall introduce to you what I call the “Lazy methodology”. The irony of this name is that it actually requires some thinking power to use it, […]

Manual testing

Testing philosophy

Posted on

To start with, I thought I’d explain a testing methodology that I have been using for my entire testing career (must be about 7 or 8 months now which is almost long enough to have a baby so that’s a long time alright?).   This style of testing is kind of like catching a bear. […]