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Has anyone written about *why* you should explore while testing?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Stamis Feb 2. 6 Replies

What are some good examples of why you need to explore as opposed to thinking in advance (about risk)?  If you aren't aware of examples, feel free to give your explanation.I don't think the passage…Continue

Tags: testing, exploratory, explore

Software testing thought exercise

Started this discussion. Last reply by kinofrost Feb 25, 2015. 12 Replies

Suppose I said that you will be working on a team as a tester.  No matter how good you are, customers will report at least 10 defects a month for 2 years after the software is releasedDo you think…Continue

Tags: exercise, thought

The design process isn't subjective?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kinofrost Jul 25, 2013. 4 Replies

Suppose we are talking about software design, e.g., a web application or a desktop app. like a word processing s/w.  For this discussion, it might be good to think about a software product, i.e.,…Continue

Tags: design, subjectivity

who do testers follow on twitter

Started this discussion. Last reply by halperinko Jan 18, 2013. 11 Replies

Here is a list:https://twitter.com/nilanjanb/softwaretesters2012I think the list has *all* the superstars. May not have all the…Continue

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Nilanjan posted a blog post

Letter to an agile developer talking about testing

I noticed your talk on testing in agile teams in a conference later this year. The ideas you have proposed are mainstream among agile developers. I also think the overall approach is negligent. It's particularly disappointing since I greatly admire your contributions to rethinking certain aspects of agile.The most disturbing aspect of the talk is the complete ignorance of testing as followed by the group of testers who are mostly part of the…See More
Mar 5
Nilanjan commented on Software Testing Club's event 'Lego Automation'
"Who is conducting this workshop?"
Feb 7
Jason Stamis replied to Nilanjan's discussion Has anyone written about *why* you should explore while testing?
"Simple answer that may not be enough for you and you then should continue to explore is this. Be every human being is different. Longer answer: The words we use don't mean the same thing to everyone. What one person says is great another says…"
Feb 2
Nilanjan replied to Nilanjan's discussion Has anyone written about *why* you should explore while testing?
">>>>  then you see the SUT or the results and that triggers new ideas you haven't thought of. Why does that happen?"
Feb 2
Nilanjan replied to Nilanjan's discussion Has anyone written about *why* you should explore while testing?
"Hi Jason,Thanks for your input.  I agree with all you say and am not debating that.If I have to summarize what you are saying:- plans go wrong, we didn't think of XMy question really is about why exploring works, or more, has anyone…"
Feb 2
Jason Stamis replied to Nilanjan's discussion Has anyone written about *why* you should explore while testing?
"I am a little confused that you don't feel this explains why, so I will give my thoughts on it though. Why should one do "exploratory" testing? (Instead of just making well thought out plans AND sticking to them) Humans are…"
Feb 1
Chad Patrick replied to Nilanjan's discussion Has anyone written about *why* you should explore while testing?
"Do you "exploratory" or do you mean "Exploratory"? Common sense tells you that good testers are exploratory already, despite whether you have a documented script. You script what you plan to do (or an idea in your head), then you…"
Jan 30
Lee Marshall replied to Nilanjan's discussion Has anyone written about *why* you should explore while testing?
"Explore It! (Hendrickson) is a great book I've recently picked up about exploratory testing that goes into the benefits of exploratory testing. As for the "Why" perform exploratory testing, I would say because to not do any you…"
Jan 30
Nilanjan posted a discussion

Has anyone written about *why* you should explore while testing?

What are some good examples of why you need to explore as opposed to thinking in advance (about risk)?  If you aren't aware of examples, feel free to give your explanation.I don't think the passage below explains why?I also understand there may not be a compelling reason why you shouldn't explore.I am also not questioning that exploring is very effective.I just want to know *why*-------------------------------For reference, from Lessons Learned in software testing:Lesson 27: To test, you must…See More
Jan 30
Nilanjan posted a blog post

Worlds of software development

The concept of the four schools of testing has got a lot of attention in the last few years, a lot of it not complementary. The schools of testing get a lot of their meaning from the different types of software developed. Joel Spolsky had written about the different types/worlds of software development1. He had also expressed the…See More
Sep 12, 2016
Nilanjan replied to Rosie Sherry's discussion Do We Need To Talk About Automation?
"Chris seems to have an axe to grind, esp. related to James B. There also seems to be a lot of resentment towards RST and Michael B. Chris has valid points in this blog post, esp., regarding Case 3 in the article.  However, he dismisses the rest…"
Jul 23, 2016
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The Sociology of a Uber booking

This is what goes on in the background of booking a cab.  There is so much that can impact the outcome of using a software that makes software testing and development complex.  Note that Uber is very different from other software in that it reaches out into people’s lives.  Technical software may not have such an impact.Mom calls at 8 am on Sunday. She wants me to book a cab for her.She sent a whatsapp message, since my bedroom doesn’t get good mobile reception (SMS/calls sometimes don’t come…See More
Jul 18, 2016
Nilanjan posted a blog post

The Sociology of a Uber booking

This is what goes on in the background of booking a cab.  There is so much that can impact the outcome of using a software that makes software testing and development complex.  Note that Uber is very different from other software in that it reaches out into people’s lives.  Technical software may not have such an impact.Mom calls at 8 am on Sunday. She wants me to book a cab for her.She sent a whatsapp message, since my bedroom doesn’t get good mobile reception (SMS/calls sometimes don’t come…See More
Jul 10, 2016
Nilanjan posted a blog post

Ain't it awful??!!

This blog post is a personal disclaimer.  There may be some learning for readers.A few weeks back I witnessed an elderly friend suffering when his Facebook account was hacked and he couldn’t get the problem resolved.  When you see the user of a software facing problems, you can’t help feeling sorry for them and blaming the developer or the organization who created the software, ‘How could you do that …?!!!’, ‘…if only you cared….’In the last few years, there have been various, sometimes…See More
Jul 5, 2016
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Exploratory Testing with JIRA at Online

May 18, 2016 from 2pm to 3pm
Register here to save your spot: http://pi.qasymphony.com/exploratory-testing-with-jira-webinar-lp063EXPLORATORY TESTING + JIRAIf you are doing exploratory testing and using JIRA, you are in good company with Atlassian. In this webinar, we are going to break down how Atlassian goes about doing their own…See More
May 11, 2016
Nilanjan posted a blog post

Why do men prefer to conduct (their) business while standing up?

Since agile was introduced, and especially in the last few years, there has been some confusion about the concept of testing in agile teams.  Agile seems to have it’s own approach to testing, which is considered if not better, contrary to common practices in testing followed in teams who don’t practice agile (Note that there is a third approach to testing, which I subscribe to, which is followed by the associationforsoftwaretesting.org). BDD is an important testing related practice in agile…See More
Nov 24, 2015

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My name is Nilanjan Bhattacharya. I am an independent consultant working out of Pune, India. I manage a development team and projects of a US software company. I am interested in working with small teams who are working on innovative products or services.

In my last job, I managed a test team in the R&D lab of IBM Security Systems in Singapore. I have worked with software development and testing teams across U.S., India and Singapore, working on both consumer and enterprise products. I have extensive experience with CAD/3D graphics, enterprise security software and text analytics software. I strongly believe in the principles of context-driven testing.
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Letter to an agile developer talking about testing

Posted on March 5, 2017 at 3:23 0 Comments

I noticed your talk on testing in agile teams in a conference later this year. The ideas you have proposed are mainstream among agile developers. I also think the overall approach is negligent. It's particularly disappointing since I greatly admire your contributions to rethinking certain aspects of agile.

The most disturbing aspect of the talk is the complete ignorance of testing as followed by the group of testers who are mostly part of the…

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Which programming language do hackers use?

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 13:30 0 Comments

In the last few years there has been an increasing debate about software testers being able to program. Given the popularity of different approaches to testing such as test automation, agile and technical testing, it seems to make sense that testers should have programming skills. However, this is part of the…

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Worlds of software development

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 11:58 0 Comments

The concept of the four schools of testing has got a lot of attention in the last few years, a lot of it not complementary. The schools of testing get a lot of their meaning from the different types of software developed. Joel Spolsky had written about the different types/worlds of software development1. He had also…

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The Sociology of a Uber booking

Posted on July 10, 2016 at 18:18 0 Comments

This is what goes on in the background of booking a cab.  There is so much that can impact the outcome of using a software that makes software testing and development complex.  Note that Uber is very different from other software in that it reaches out into people’s lives.  Technical software may not have such an impact.

Mom calls at 8 am on Sunday. 

She wants me to book a cab for her.

She sent a whatsapp message, since my bedroom doesn’t get good mobile reception…

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