End of one thing. Start of another.

First, I’d like to say Thank You. Thank you for being loyal readers and for being here with me over the last 6 or so years on The Social Tester.

It’s been a really tough decisions but I’ve decided to call a temporary (maybe permanent) hold on this The Social Tester blog. I rarely do any hand-on testing anymore and my role has moved to management and strategy of agile, rather than only managing testers.

Of course my role still does include managing elements of testing so I’ll still be writing about testing but also other topics such as management, agile, process, systems thinking, recruitment and personal development type stuff.

I ummed and arrghed about sticking with the social tester blog but I’ve decided to move to another blog. It’s an experiment really but I’m keen to give it a try and see how I get on.

I’ve started the new blog and added a few post already.

My new online writing will be over on the Cultivated Management blog. I do hope you’ll join me over on that blog for more writing about testing, management and agile software development.

I’m still on Twitter at @rob_lambert and LinkedIn as usual. I’m still speaking at mostly testing conferences for this year too.

I look forward to sharing my new ideas about software development and testing with you over on Cultivated Management. And thanks again for being with me on this blog and for all of the kind comments and support.


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Follow the work – bad news for Test Managers?

I get lots of enquiries from founders of start-ups who reach a certain growth point where they really need to start taking control of the quality of the work being produced. Their companies seem to reach a size and market growth where the focus on quality becomes a priority.

This is usually about the time when I get a call or an email and get posed the typical next two questions:

“How do I go about starting a new test function?”


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Goal Setting towards agile

Goal Setting towards agile

“You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there” Yogi Berra

Everytime I get asked how to implement agile in a team I ask a simple clarifying question back.


The answer to this question is often not very forthcoming. There is often no concrete reason. There is often no tangible benefit for moving the organisation or team to an agile or rapid delivery way of working.

  • Sometimes it’s because their boss wants them to….
  • Sometimes it’s because everyone else is agile…..

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What do you do when hiring managers are looking for a set of skills you don’t have but you sorely want? You learn.

What do you do when hiring managers are looking for a set of skills you don’t have but you sorely want? You learn.

I see this situation played over and over again. The market is shifting and a new tool or technique is the next biggest standout skill or experience hiring managers are looking for, yet you don’t have that skill. What’s worse is that you can’t get an opportunity to learn that skill in a workplace because you don’t already have it…..a Catch 22 situation.

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A few changes

Update Post.

My role is shifting a lot recently and I’ll be honest, I don’t do much testing anymore.

Instead I am helping to grow an amazing Development team and scale agile – and this is something I’m thoroughly enjoying.

As my role changes so too will the things I write about, learn, share and teach. As such the blog content posted here will be changing in the coming months.

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Nordic Testing Days = Awesome

There are lots of conferences now in the software testing and delivery industry. In fact, there are far too many for most people to ever make it to. With limited budgets and restricted time many people have to make the hard choice between attending just a handful of conferences.

I believe Nordic Testing Days should be one of those event you definitely try to get to.

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Testing Planet Newspapers

Don’t let anyone hold you back

I’ll never forget the sadness that was conveyed in Cheryll’s words as she politely, but carefully, rejected what would be my very last submission to a popular testing magazine. Me and Cheryll had history. I’d submitted 10 articles to the magazine, and 10 times she had sent me the rejection email.

It wasn’t her rejected me, it was the editor, but she knew my pain. She was the messenger.

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