As a tester, I don’t practice selling my craft very often. This blog post is an attempt to put together my thoughts when asked the question, “why bother testing?” Let’s talk about bugs When was the last time you used some buggy software? How did it make you feel? Did it cause you to swear… Continue reading Why bother testing?
For any solo tester out there I recommend leading a regular bug bash/mob testing activity. It’s an activity you can run at the end of a sprint/feature dev cycle. You invite the team, get some snacks/beverages together and get everyone testing for around an hour. Setup You might want to make sure you have good… Continue reading Running a Bug Bash
Ah the internet… is it just me or a things getting angrier lately? Sometimes I can see how the internet makes people angry. E.G. there is a bit of a Uncle Bob vs Sarah Mei thing happening on twitter over how the word craftsman isn’t inclusive. I think it’s a reasonable point to raise, I’ve… Continue reading Good morning World, what offends you today?
A quick google of ‘What is software testing’ will give you 75,300,000 results but not much of an answer. On the surface level, we can surmise that it is about testing software but in reality; it’s more than that. Software testing is an activity that everyone does on some level. E.g. when you interact with… Continue reading What is software testing?
One of my pet peeves is when people use the word strategy when they are talking about tactics. According to “I have a strategy (no you don’t)” a visual guide on understanding strategy; a strategy is a planned/doable sequence of actions/tactics designed to achieve a distinct, measurable goal. Strategy is an idea in my head,… Continue reading Strategy Vs Tactics – a job hunting example
I’ve been job hunting now for nearly 4 weeks. I’ve had face to face interviews with 6 companies, done 3 technical tasks, have 2 more interviews scheduled, have 3 more technical tasks to do and 3 more leads I’m chasing up. And I’m exhausted. I’ve been rejected by 3 of those interviews, I turned down… Continue reading job hunting diaries
This blog is a response to this blog by Michael Bolton titled “the end of manual testing”. While attending EuroSTAR in Copenhagen in 2017 I had the joy of having a good chat to Michael about this topic. Let me speak from my experiences; I’m bored in my current role and I’m looking for a new job.… Continue reading Response to “the end of manual testing”
I have a few issues with my current job: I feel insanely guilty for not finding my current role to be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done. I’m contracted out to a client, and I can’t officially say who the client is but there is just so much hype around this client for supposedly… Continue reading I don’t enjoy my job
I’m currently participating in GovHack 2017 at the Sydney location (add a 2017 year in review link like this 2016 one when available). It’s the first hackathon I’ve attended this year. When I first moved to Sydney 4 years ago I participated in 4-5 hackathons the first year and it’s slowly died down since then.… Continue reading Hackathon Fatigue
I was having a chat with an old colleague on LinkedIn today (Brian Osman) and we were talking about Agile. The question was, “how does Agile at Tyro differ from <Client>*?” My conclusion was that by focusing on certain “Agile” rituals an artificially high stress environment can be easily created. Here is this conversation: Bosman:… Continue reading Agile and Stress