The Peltzman Effect

I find The Peltzman Effect incredibly interesting from a Testing point of view.   “The Peltzman effect is the hypothesized tendency of people to react to a safety regulation by increasing other risky behavior, offsetting some or all of the benefit of the regulation” (Wikipedia)   I find it interesting because I wonder whether we see this

Are we halfway there yet?

I got asked a question the other day about metrics.     “If you don’t use metrics to assess test completion, how do you know when you are half way complete?”    I won’t go in to all of the details surrounding the discussion that ensued, but I thought I would share with you the

Do you need more than a certification?

I received quite a few messages and comments about my future of software testing post and for those that took the time to respond, thank you. But one that intrigued me was an email from an anonymous tester. It wasn’t negative, nor positive, but instead extolled the virtues of certification and how certification schemes will

Fighting Layout Bugs…Fight

I’ve mentioned a few times via Twitter (mainly from India) about a neat little tool Julian Harty talked about at the Step_Auto conference; FightingLayoutBugs. It’s a Java code project that checks for layout bugs. It’s all Open Source code and available from “http://code.google.com/p/fighting-layout-bugs/“. So here is what FightingLayoutBugs does out of the tin: DetectInvalidImageUrls  

Disturb the peace

I subscribe to a very excellent blog called “Manage Your Writing“. And today’s absolute gem of a post included a quote which hit home with me. The quote could almost have been written for testers.   In her book Leadership and the New Science, Margaret J. Wheatley wrote: For a system to remain alive, for the