“Are you listening? Say something!”

Monday, October 27, 2014 02:04 AM

I’m tired of hearing the simplistic advice about how to listen one must not talk. That’s not what listening means. I listen by reacting. As an extravert, I react partly by talking. Talking is how I chew on what you’ve told me. If I don’t chew on what you say, I will choke or get […]

How Not to Standardize Testing (ISO 29119)

Monday, August 25, 2014 08:15 AM

Many years ago I took a management class. One of the exercises we did was on achieving consensus. My group did not reach an agreement because I wouldn’t lower my standards. I wanted to discuss the matter further, but the other guys grew tired of arguing with me and declared “consensus” over my objections. This […]

Let’s test at Let’s Test

Friday, May 23, 2014 06:55 AM

I’ve been telling people that the best conference I know for thinking testers is Let’s Test (followed closely by CAST, which I will also be at, this year, in New York). Let’s Test was created by people who experienced CAST and wanted to be even more dedicated to Context-Driven testing principles. Now, I’m here in […]

Variable Testers

Sunday, April 13, 2014 21:55 PM

I once heard a vice president of software engineering tell his people that they needed to formalize their work. That day, I was an unpaid consultant in the building to give a free seminar, so I had even less restraint than normal about arguing with the guy. I raised my hand, “I don’t think you […]

No KPIs: Use Discussion

Monday, January 27, 2014 09:07 AM

My son is ready to send the manuscript of his novel to publishers. It’s time to see what the interest is. In other words, we are going to beta on it. He made this decision tonight. What is the quality level of his manuscript? There is no objective measure for that. Even if we might […]

Agile Testing Heuristic: The Power of Looking

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 02:21 AM

Today I broke my fast with a testing exercise from a colleague. (Note: I better not tell you what it is or even who gave it to me, because after you read this it will be spoiled for you, whereas if you read this and at a later time stumble into that challenge, not knowing […]

Test Jumpers: One Vision of Agile Testing

Thursday, January 16, 2014 23:42 PM

Many software companies, these days, are organized around a number of small Agile teams. These teams may be working on different projects or parts of the same project. I have often toured such companies with their large open plan offices; their big tables and whiteboards festooned with colorful Post-Its occasionally fluttering to the floor like […]

RST Methodology: “Responsible Tester”

Thursday, January 16, 2014 03:58 AM

In Rapid Software Testing methodology, we recognize three main roles: Leader, Responsible Tester, and Helper. These roles are situational distinctions. The same person might be a helper in one situation, a leader in another, and a responsible tester in yet another. Responsible Tester Rapid Software Testing is a human-centered approach to testing, because testing is […]

Integrity #3: A Testimonial

Thursday, January 09, 2014 03:07 AM

Oliver Erlewein is an automation specialist. He’s respected in the Context-Driven Testing community of New Zealand and has been an agitator pushing back against the ISTQB. After some years of frustration with bad management he finally went independent. Now he’s back to full-time work. He posted the following as a comment: Starting 2014, I have […]

A Test is a Performance

Tuesday, January 07, 2014 07:41 AM

Testing is a performance, not an artifact. Artifacts may be produced before, during, or after the act of testing. Whatever they are, they are not tests. They may be test instructions, test results, or test tools. They cannot be tests. Note: I am speaking a) authoritatively about how we use terms in Rapid Testing Methodology, […]

Mr. Langella Never Does it the Same Way Twice

Thursday, January 02, 2014 11:40 AM

This is from the New York Times: Its other hallmark is that Mr. Langella never does the part the same way twice. This is partly because he’s still in the process of discovering the character and partly because it’s almost a point of honor. “The Brit approach is very different from mine,” he said. “There’s […]

Integrity 2: On Being Under the Radar [REVISED]

Thursday, January 02, 2014 02:16 AM

I have taken down the original text of this post at the request of my colleague who had the courage and audacity to let me post his detailed comment about how he works “under the radar” to change things in his company. I had posted his comment originally with his permission, of course. But, apparently, […]

Finding Your Own Integrity

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 09:33 AM

I have a belief that I’m not going to justify– I’m simply going to say it and challenge you to look into your own experience and your own heart and see the truth of it for yourself: Your sense of identity, as a human among humans, is the most powerful force that animates and directs […]

Justifying Real Acceptance Testing

Sunday, December 08, 2013 06:13 AM

This post is not about the sort of testing people talk about when nearing a release and deciding whether it’s done. I have another word for that. I call it “testing,” or sometimes final testing or release testing. Many projects perform that testing in such a perfunctory way that it is better described as checking, […]

To The New Tester

Sunday, November 24, 2013 11:02 AM

About once a week, I get an email like one of these: Hi James, I’m from Hyderabad, India. I’m working as a Testing Engineer and doing Manual Testing from the Last 1 Year. I want to know what are things I need to follow to become a good tester. I didn’t have any programming background. […]