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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

Tags: map, superstars, twitter

2012 Tester Who's Who

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rosie Sherry Dec 31, 2012. 10 Replies

I've created a list of testers who are popular on twitter.  Here's what I did:I created a diverse list of testers - Markus Gartner, Ajay Balamurugadas, Michael Bolton, Johanna Rothman, Janet Gregory,…Continue

Tags: tweets, twitter, Who's who, 2012

 

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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
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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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Software Industry structure

Software is used in every possible part of our lives.  As a result, the software industry is vast and diverse.  Understanding the structure of the industry can open new avenues for your career development.A good start to categorize software is consumer vs. enterprise software products.  Consumer software includes software such as Facebook, while enterprise software includes software such as banking applications or ERP, i.e., software used in enterprises such as banks and hospitals.Industry…See More
Oct 11, 2015
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Is there any naturally occurring blue food?

Leaving aside all jargon, a key skill in software testing is the ability to ask questions.  Before qualifying the type of questions, it’s a good idea to try asking questions without any restrictions.  For most people, it’s much easier to ask questions on a given subject or on a specific object.  The software requirements or preferably a user story provides such a context.  However, it is a good idea to not get too caught up in user stories when coming up with questions.  Rather than being…See More
Sep 22, 2015
Nilanjan replied to Rosie Sherry's discussion Why Product Managers Should Do All Their Own QA Testing
">>>> I feel it would would help us as a community if we could become better at responding to these kind of things. If you think about it, there are people working in world class software companies who really don't understand…"
Jul 8, 2015
kinofrost replied to Nilanjan's discussion Software testing thought exercise
""I was wondering if the approach would change if you knew that no matter what you did customers would find defects" But why were you wondering that? It doesn't matter if your customers find defects, what matters is what they find…"
Feb 25, 2015
phil kirkham replied to Nilanjan's discussion Software testing thought exercise
"I don't think that makes sense - if you understand what the customers are doing to find the bugs then you will know the misses in your testing and change your approach. If you know customers are doing A then why can't you do A? Or you…"
Feb 25, 2015
Nilanjan replied to Nilanjan's discussion Software testing thought exercise
"Here is what I was trying to understand: I think there are many approaches to testing which are not effective.  I was wondering if the approach would change if you knew that no matter what you did customers would find defects.  Or is that…"
Feb 25, 2015
Nilanjan replied to Nilanjan's discussion Software testing thought exercise
"As a thought experiment, what I was really trying to say is, you choose whatever you think is 'successful', 'best', etc., suppose the products are like that of Apple or Google,  i.e., mostly well liked. "
Feb 25, 2015
Nilanjan replied to Nilanjan's discussion Software testing thought exercise
">> then why would people be unhappy They would have remorse that customers are adversely affected because of their (testers/dev/mgrs) work/shortcomings? "
Feb 25, 2015
kinofrost replied to Nilanjan's discussion Software testing thought exercise
"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 released Do you think this is impossible/fantasy? No. It depends on…"
Feb 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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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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Ain't it awful??!!

Posted on July 5, 2016 at 12:57 0 Comments

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…

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