Communication and Testing

In yesterday’s test team meeting we did an interactive sessions around communication. Stickies, pens and a whiteboard were all we needed to have a fun session talking around communication. We started by brainstorming what communication is. Then what factors affect communication. We talked about feedback. And of course we talked about PAC – Purpose, Audience […]

Word. Search.

Whenever you encounter a new word you’ve never heard before, or a word that you don’t know what it represents then go back to your desk and research it. Do a word search. Find out what it means. Image from Sergis Blog “Sopa de letras” October 29, 2007 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution. A key […]

Ice Cream Sauce and Cigarettes

I’ve recently been doing my food shopping online. No more wandering around the store and queuing. This week though I swapped online supermarkets in a bid to save some money and all I did was waste a load more time.  Image from kardboard604 “Groceries” October 31st, 2009 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.   In my opinion […]

A conference story

Across the world there were similar journeys taking place. Delegates are boarding planes, trains and automobiles to attend a European conference in the wonderful city of Amsterdam. For some this journey is short. For others it’s epic. Some delegates would be travelling on their own. Others would be travelling with people they know; colleagues, friends, […]

Using Videos to demo

For the last few sprints we’ve been demonstrating our user stories (i.e. completed work) using the medium of video. It’s been really interesting to see how the teams have moved to video with ease. The videos are often hilarious, some featuring more tech wizardry than others but all of them a great show of creativity. […]

Ha ha – told you so

Quite often I hear presentations and discussions from testers who talk about those moments when they feel it appropriate to say “Ha Ha, Told You So”. You know? Those moments when the testers advice was ignored and it all went pear shaped. Or the time a tester said the company should be testing earlier, only […]

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 […]