No Test Case, No Bug

A while ago I remember Phil Kirkham mentioning that he’d found a bug that “fell” outside of the Test Cases he’d been given and someone was arguing that it wasn’t a bug. I found it incredibly interesting that someone would dismiss a serious bug because it was not found as part of a test case.

Observing to help our Testing

Whilst on the train a few months back I spent some time observing how people were using technology. Some were using the tech as I assume it was intended, some were “street hacking” the products, whilst others had adopted unique ways of utilising technology (and other devices) to fit the context they found themselves in.

Gravitate to people like you

I believe that one of the biggest mistakes a Hiring Manager (Test Manager etc) can do for a team is to hire in people with the same set of views and opinions. I’m not talking about “Yes” people who don’t have the confidence or inclination to disagree. I’m talking about people who are pretty much

Cloud as a Test enabler

One of the interesting changes I see in the Testing industry is that many new companies, with newly formed Development teams (i.e. Programmers, Testers, Product etc), are automatically looking to the cloud for Testing solutions and tools. It’s a natural process as many of these companies often power their entire infrastructure through Cloud tech. It’s

Push The Button

During a conversation with a group of testers at an event I soon found myself outnumbered in my views around “enhancements” to the product. I was the only one who saw a Tester’s role as more than just verification. I was a little amazed at how this group of Tester’s (or shall we call them

Please replace me, let me go

One of my favourite blogs (http://www.experientia.com/blog/) carried an essay/article on humans and machines by Marina Gorbis. It’s a breezy article but makes some awesome points and each point Marina made rang true for what we are seeing in the Testing world. Marina makes a point that machines are replacing the mechanistic jobs traditionally done by

Work Experience and Work Placement

I’ve always tried to appreciate ‘context’ when I talk about Testing and also when I Test because ‘context’ is a very real thing. I’m an avid campaigner against Best Practices in Testing and I take every opportunity possible to question blatant “context unaware” statements about testing, especially so when they are communicated as “law”.  

Your Numbers Up

There comes a time when we all use numbers to represent some fact or information. These numbers *can* be highly effective at communicating your information.   Image courtesy of : http://www.flickr.com/photos/fragmented/ These numbers could become the defacto representation of some outcome, fact or finding. These numbers could become the metric you make a decision by.

Game Storming and Testing

I’m reading an excellent book at the moment called “Game Storming” by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo.   It’s one of those books that’s given me a “lesson” or insight in every chapter.   In essence Game Storming is about generating new ideas and novel solutions. It’s a way of getting from Starting