Competent People and Conference Keynotes

Saturday, April 11, 2015 13:16 PM

My colleague and friend Anne-Marie Charrett has a thing about women. A) She is one. B) She feels that not enough of them are speaking at testing conferences. (See also Fiona Charles’ post on this subject.) I support Anne-Marie’s cause … Continue reading

Exploratory Testing 3.0

Monday, March 16, 2015 16:50 PM

[Authors’ note: Others have already made the point we make here: that exploratory testing ought to be called testing. In fact, Michael said that about tests in 2009, and James wrote a blog post in 2010 that seems to say … Continue reading

History of Definitions of ET

Monday, March 16, 2015 15:20 PM

History of the term “Exploratory Testing” as applied to software testing within the Rapid Software Testing methodology space. For a discussion of the some of the social and philosophical issues surrounding this chronology, see Exploratory Testing 3.0. 1988 First known … Continue reading

“Are you listening? Say something!”

Monday, October 27, 2014 02:04 AM

[Note: J. Michael Hammond suggests that I note right at the top of this post that the dictionary definition of listen does not restrict the word to the mere noticing of sounds. In the Oxford English Dictionary, as well as … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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; … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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. … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading