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Cambridge Lean Coffee – May 2015

Cambridge Lean Coffee – May 2015

Held at Redgate Software on the 27th May with 10 people attending This isn’t a write up about the discussions we had, but we decided that it would be cool to list topics that were discussed/on the backlog. We talked about How sacrosanct do you treat exploratory testing Developer/QA pairings Time estimates – tips & tricks Generalise or Specialise? What did you last learn about testing? Left on the backlog What (if any) conferences do you recommend? How far do you go…

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Automating and Illuminating

Automating and Illuminating

Automatic headlights on cars are very common place now. Usually operated by a light sensor on the dash, they remove the need for the driver to manually operate the headlight switch other than to switch it to ‘Auto’. I have them on my Honda Civic (great little car!), and whilst I was skeptical about them to start with, it is very much a fire-and-forget feature now. When it is dark or approaching darkness, they turn on; when it’s light, they…

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Cambridge Lean Coffee – April 2015

Cambridge Lean Coffee – April 2015

Held at DisplayLink on the 29th April – there were a whopping 18 people in attendance! This isn’t a write up about the discussions we had, but we decided that it would be cool to list topics that were discussed/on the backlog. We talked about Regression testing – what to cut? Test strategies – what real value have you found in them? How do you make sure testing takes place early enough in a sprint? Left on the backlog Scrum…

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What sort of tester am I?

What sort of tester am I?

After wandering alone in the testing wilderness for 15 years, I found my way 3 years ago when I attended my first testing conference. It opened my eyes to the passion, and diversity of the testing community. In fact it showed me there was a community! I finally started reading lots of articles, a few books, writing a blog, attending conferences and even speaking at a few. But recently something has been bothering me. The more I get involved in…

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WHOSE – WorksHop on Self Education in software testing

WHOSE – WorksHop on Self Education in software testing

mheusser: “So @chrisg0911 want to attend WHOSE?” , that’s how it all started. A tweet from Matt Heusser that led to one of the most intense, challenging yet fun and enjoyable events of my professional life so far. WHOSE: WorksHop On Self Education in software testing. This was an Association for Software Testing workshop organised by Matt Heusser. We were charged with the task of creating a ‘skills inventory’ for the AST to be used by testers for their personal…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 2 – Certification and documentation ;-)

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 2 – Certification and documentation ;-)

After such a good night at the MIATPP award event, it was rather difficult getting up on the morning of day 2, and all aspirations to attend Lean Coffee again evaporated in favour of an extra half hour in bed! First keynote of the day was Christian Hassa Live it – or leave it: returning your investment into Agile. The gist of this presentation was that you can adopt all the agile processes in the world, but ultimately if you don’t…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 1 – Green is not always good!

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Day 1 – Green is not always good!

The opening keynote was delivered by Andrea Tomasini, Agile testing is nonsense, because agile is testing. On the face of it, this was a somewhat contentious title given the audience, but the sentiment was intriguing. Testing is an approach, an attitude to apply to a situation, any situation, and not necessarily done by testers. So I kind of agree here, Testing is a mindset, and Testers are not the only ones to have it! Andrea talked about the trap that…

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Agile Testing Days 2013 – Tutorial Day

Agile Testing Days 2013 – Tutorial Day

Potsdam, October… it must be Agile Testing Days! Ok the observant among you will realise that last year it was in November…  Anyway, after my first conference last year I was very excited to return this year, and as a consensus speaker! Sounds strange, but walking into the conference on the tutorial day, had a ‘coming home’ feeling, especially getting re-acquainted with Pete Walen, Matt Heusser, Lisa Crispin, Janet Gregory and Carlos Ble, not to mention new friends Dan Ashby…

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Testing: An Obvious Career Choice

Testing: An Obvious Career Choice

Back in June, I read with much interest the article by  John Stevenson which discussed career progression for testers. This really struck a chord at the time (and still does) because we have just started wrestling with this issue in my current company. Following some worries around employee engagement, myself (head of test engineering) and the rest of the functional head team (software engineering, project management, technical authoring, user experience) set about talking to each and every one of the people within…

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Sods Law always waits for complacency…

Sods Law always waits for complacency…

Seventeen years of testing experience, test engineer, test manager, qa manager and head of test engineering positions and last week I made a rookie mistake, one that cost us releasing today. A week ago, I made a simple fix to our product, in an area of code that I have expertise. I made this fix following some in depth debugging to determine the exact cause of the bug that our customers were experiencing. It was a two line fix, and…

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