Someone asked me, “do I have a method for generating testing ideas?”. My answer; “I follow an exploratory approach to simultaneously learn, generate and execute test ideas”. This might involve exploring the product a little to learn about how it works, this will feed into questions/ideas and then I might explore some other ideas further.… Continue reading My Approach to Testing
A few years ago I was lucky enough to win a YOW! diversity scholarship for a day of speaker training with Damian Conway. I’ve never had the opportunity to learn so much about public speaking and giving technical presentations in as condensed timeframe before. These are my hints and tips picked up from that training… Continue reading Technical Presentations
On Tuesday the 19th of June I spoke at Agile Australia( access the recording here) on how to get more people involved with testing. You can access my slides; The bug hunt is on. I proposed 5 activities to help get more people involved with quality: Bug Bashes Bug Bounties Dog Fooding Knowledge sharing practices… Continue reading Agile Australia 2018
I enjoy performing. Don’t ask me why. I can’t explain it. You could say it’s something to do with the rush, or the perception of adding value or entertainment for other people. I want to tell you a few stories about my adventures in performing. Do you want to improve your performances? I’m available for… Continue reading Getting up on stage
I find myself back on the job market after a break up with Campaign Monitor. I didn’t successfully pass probation. It was a mutual thing and both sides of the discussion were adult about it. These aren’t easy conversations to have and it doesn’t serve any purpose to get angry and rage quit. I am… Continue reading Back on the job market
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