A Social Intranet

A few years back I spent some time helping a company move to a social intranet. Here is the old mind map I put together to help explain why a social intranet is so valuable to a company who mainly work in the knowledge industry.

Identifying why something could work and what benefits it can bring is the foundation of making changes in your organisation.

We’ve recently moved forward with Confluence here at NewVoiceMedia as a social intranet and I used this basic mind map as a starting point for helping to bring about this change.

It’s great to see how people are now collaborating on work items and sharing ideas. It’s not just the Development team that are using Confluence, the wider business have picked it up with Gusto also.


For those who find mind maps tricky to read in this blog clicking on this link will take you to the mind map on the Xmind website.

There is also a text only version of this mind map here. (the text only versions loses the concept of nested ideas and essentially reads as one a large flat file)

The Tester Types – Friday Fun

Seeing the feed coming through on Twitter about Test Bash has got me all nostalgic for those good times I had working with Rosie and team behind the scenes at The Software Testing Club, over the last couple of years. It was a blast while it lasted and we created some amazing content for the community.

I’m proud of a lot of the content we created but it was the Tester Types that I enjoyed the most. In actual fact the Tester Types that kick started mine and Rosie’s working relationship. Such fun.

During that time a friend of mine, Richard Ellis, created a short but wickedly sweet video of The Tester Types which I’ve included below.

This years Test Bash appears to be a resounding success (if the Twitter feed is anything to go by). Great stuff – a testing conference the UK has desperately needed and can be proud of.


Thanks for the information, I’ll make up my own mind though

As a tester it’s important to thank people for any information and advice on how to test, where to test and what to test but then make up your own mind as to what to do.

This is true whether it’s a specification, an email, a conversation, a user story or any other form of information.¬†Testing is often one of those activities that everyone believes they can do, and do well. It’s not hard to test…right?

We are professional skeptics. It doesn’t mean we are skeptical of just the software, but everything else that is provided along the development and usage of the system. That means user guides, marketing briefs, claims, advertising and anything else. The only really accurate information about what the product should do is gained from working out what the system actually does. (i.e. testing)

As professional skeptics we need to make up our own minds and come to our own conclusions. That should be done using any supporting material we can, but ultimately from our own information, decisions and activities.