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Quality is alive

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I’ve talked to a lot of unhappy testers – smart, talented testers who always feel like they are working at odds with their teams in order to advocate quality. In this kind of situation, it’s easy to believe that quality is dead. In my last post, I speculated that perhaps it just isn’t cost-effective anymore […]

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The death of quality

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“Quality is dead,” declared Goranka Bjedov. And I thought to myself, I knew it. For some time now I’ve been concerned about this. I’d always seen specialised testing as a way to turn a mediocre-quality product into a high-quality product. But the evidence before my own eyes is that the market is full of buggy […]

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XML conundrum

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(A conversation snippet from the hogfish.net archives, circa 2007) Trish says: aw man Trish says: /me tries to remember what the file made yesterday was called Trish says: /me sifts through files called things like jam.xml, ponymeat.xml, pork.xml, raisins.xml, great.xml, jelly.xml Trish says: oh scone.xml Trish says: it’s all so obvious now Dewi says: /me […]

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Thoughts on using mind maps

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I’ve heard that people can identify with either visual, auditory or tactile methods of learning, or some combination of the three. This is called Fleming’s VARK model of learning. The concept is pretty simple. Visual learners learn best with visual aids, like diagrams, pictures and books. Auditory learnings learn best when they’re listening to things […]

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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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The catalyst

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Someone asked me a question the other day that stumped me. They asked “What do you enjoy most about testing?” It struck me that this should have been an easy question for me to answer. After all, it’s a pretty standard interview question. I can think of many things that I enjoy about testing, but […]

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Break stuff

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Why do testers say that they like to “break” software? First of all, good testers should know that they don’t “break” software – if the software is indeed “broken” (another contraversial term), it was certainly like that when they found it. All the testers are usually doing is discovering it. So if a good tester […]

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Rockstar testing

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I often hear about “rockstar developers”, but I never hear about rockstar testers. Which makes me think we could do with a few of them, since at the very least they’ll make our profession sound a lot cooler. Not that software testing isn’t viewed as a glamorous lifestyle already of course. So here are some […]