Shine a light

Most software testing, in my experience, is rushed and often under time pressure, typically driven by a desire to meet a metric or measure of questionable value. Yet to rush through the testing of a feature or product is to often miss the changing nature of that product (or your own changing nature). If you

Creating a test lab

This week sees the development team moving in to new offices. In these new offices is our newly created test lab. A room for testers to hang out and also a place for us to keep our supported devices. There’s loads of work to do to get the test lab functioning and adding value for

You’re brand new

“I’m new to testing – where do I start?” I get asked the above questions A LOT. It’s a very common question for those who are brand new to testing, those who are shifting from another business function and those who are returning to testing after many years away. I repeat roughly the same answers

Reliance On Colour

One of my major bug bears is the reliance on colour to communicate meaning. As a tester it’s super easy to question any product or communication that relies on colour. Just ask whether meaning will be lost if viewed without colour. If you have a graph for example where each line is representing a finding

Managing exploratory testing

One of the perennial challenges I have faced with exploratory testing is how best to manage it and then report on it. I’ve hacked around with many different systems for years and never quite felt happy with any of them. As most of the testing that the team do here at NewVoiceMedia is exploratory testing I’ve

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

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