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Mobile learning… A revelation!

Mobile learning… A revelation!

As a parent, a Cub Scout leader, a husband and a person who values downtime as much as the next person, I’ve found it very difficult over the years to read books and cover topics that interest me. I find reading books tough going anyway, and am certainly not the kind of person who can read a book and digest all the knowledge in one go! As a result, I’ve felt slightly disadvantaged in conversations with peers who quote books,…

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Broken windows (fences) theory alive and well…

Broken windows (fences) theory alive and well…

It’s Easter weekend, and whilst looking out of my kitchen window at our front garden fence, I came to the conclusion that it’s going to need a total rebuild. Let me give you a bit of history. We moved into this house in 2008, and the wooden fence was already in place around the front lawn (we’re on a corner plot). Over the years it’s weathered and gets a fair amount of abuse from passers by, small kids learning to ride…

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Live blog from Testbash 2016 part 3

Live blog from Testbash 2016 part 3

Continued from Part 2 Last coffee break before the end and the trawl back on the m25 back home! Talk 9 – Smart algorithms: Are we ready for this – Bill Matthews Bill Matthews coming up, someone who I’ve known for a while and always has really in testing insights into all things testing. “Smart algorithms – are we ready for this?” Bill talks about his experiences with machine learning and how prolific and accessible it is and how this…

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Live blog from Testbash 2016 part 2

Live blog from Testbash 2016 part 2

continued from Part 1 Right that’s better, refuelled and ready to go for the pre lunch session of talks! Talk 3 – A pairing experiment – Katrina Clokie Katrina, all the way from NZ! Wow that’s a long way, is here to talk to us about pair testing, something I very much believe in and have seen work to very good effect, but something that not many testers do. Cool, experiential report and she starts with “once upon a time…”,…

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Live blog from Testbash 2016

Live blog from Testbash 2016

I’ve seen many people over the years do a live blog at conferences, so figured I might as well give it a go. I’m hoping it will help me to actually listen to what’s being said, rather than just hearing it. The story so far… Yesterday was the start of Testbash for me and many others. Workshop day! My day started off by learning how to do 10minute test strategies with Bill Matthews and Pekka Marjamaki. A really interesting workshop…

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V-model vs Agile …

V-model vs Agile …

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this evening’s fight between two heavyweight contenders. In the red corner we have V-model, defending champion and staunch fighter with stamina and in it for the long haul. In the blue corner we have the young upstart, Agile, contending for the title of best methodology with it’s ability to react, adapt and move quickly. Which one will win… I’ve found that many conversations about development methodologies end up in a bout similar to this; a battle;…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – 20/01/2016 – All about the automation…

Cambridge Lean Coffee – 20/01/2016 – All about the automation…

Lean coffee this month was hosted by Towers Watson. Our group today had a mix 50/50 of testers and developers which made for an automation bias in the topics which made for an interesting change of discussions. Why do we need to employ testers? (when we have good test automation)…. very common question from non-testers. The question framed from the query about at which point do you add testers to a team/company when your developers have or are planning to have solid…

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Agile Testing Days 2015 – New focus

Agile Testing Days 2015 – New focus

I wrote this as a preamble to the conference blog posts, but for some reason I’m adding it last! I’ve attended this conference since 2012, but this year my testing world looks very different which has affected my focus for this conference. Moving from a very forward looking Agile world into one that is still pretty content with V-model and strict processes (which is understandable due to the environments and hardware constraints) has been a difficult one but one with a…

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Games and growth – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 2

Games and growth – Agile Testing Days 2015 – Day 2

Got up early enough and was awake enough (just) to get to Lean Coffee this morning, and as always it ended up with 4 groups of ‘leaners’! Our table had some familiar faces, Emma (@EmmaATester), Abby (@a_bangser) and Michael Larsen (@mkltesthead) as well as several new ones. The topics were varied which conference lean coffee’s always are, and we talked about topics such as whether there were any good metrics for measuring testing, KPI’s for a team/company transitioning to ‘Agile’,…

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Play it again, Potsdam – Agile Testing Days so far…

Play it again, Potsdam – Agile Testing Days so far…

In an effort to blog about this more quickly that in the past, I’m doing semi-live blogging each evening, summing up the days events… they may need editing later, but they represent my thoughts of the days talks. Where words fail, music speaks… was the first keynote of the conference by Huib Schoots & Alex Schladebeck. The sight of a violin, trombone and two music stands on the stage was unusual to say the least, as we kicked off Agile testing days…

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