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Information Immunity

Author's Note: This post is the entire Chapter 6  from my book, Perfect Software and other illusions about testing. The entire book is available from as a single volume or as part of the special bundle of specially priced 8 books, The Tester's Library.…


Added by Gerald Weinberg on September 12, 2014 at 19:12 — No Comments

Mobile Device Testing Lab Setup!


I am currently in the process of trying to establish a bit of a mobile device testing lab (nothing more complex than building up a few devices initially)

Our team will primarily be testing web apps, and there is the need to build up a collection of devices to increase confidence that our web apps will run well on a variety of devices.

Generally, my initial feeling is that I'd like to get some of the most popular ones - Kindle Fire, Google Nexus, Ipad,…


Added by Peter Hughes on September 4, 2014 at 10:05 — 2 Comments

On automation

Regarding test automation...

The last two weeks, I've been frustrated about a miscommunication regarding test automation with Selenium Webdriver in Java. Apparently my view of test automation is quite incompatible with the view they have at that project.

Now, I understand that views on something are not the same everywhere, and that we need to agree upon a shared definition -at least for the duration of the shared project- to be able to communicate efficiently. I try to always…


Added by Sarah Teugels on July 15, 2014 at 8:21 — 13 Comments

Back to Basics: Windows command line - never ever, Alan

Alan Richardson has made a nice post about the command shell on Windows and that we testers should know about - I absolutely agree. I also love his evil tester comics and his pragmatic books. Here my suggestion for Windows centric testers to get rid-off the unusable Windows command line tool (aka DOS prompt for the…


Added by Joerg Sievers on July 13, 2014 at 11:30 — No Comments

Printable Planning Poker cards

The Big Word in Leeds have made available a printable set of Scrum Planning Poker Cards  

 planning poker cards

for any one looking to start using this method of sizing stories,


We at The Big Word have been using this Method for the last 18 month and have found it much more accurate and valuable way of sprint planning. 


The attached is to…


Added by Craig Booth on July 4, 2014 at 8:42 — 1 Comment

My first face-to-face encounter with testers and QA managers

I recently returned from the National Software Testing conference which was held in London May 20-21. This was not only the first overseas conference I attended it was also my first "personal" encounter with testers, QA managers and other people related to the testing community. Up until now it has all been "digital" conversations across various platforms. 

I took away two major points from the conference,…


Added by Maayan P.T on June 9, 2014 at 8:25 — 4 Comments

The fundamental problem with Test Data management

Hi Guys

I spend a lot of time helping clients with Test Data Management (TDM) and Data Securitization. What I find most interesting is every client I visit seems to follow the same trajectory of failure (and then repeat it many times over). A trajectory that typically involves engineers jumping into an ETL (or Fabrication) solution without truly understanding the "lay of the land" and failing to deliver a solution that meet the DevTesters requirements and make the DevTesters more…


Added by Jane Temov on May 28, 2014 at 23:53 — No Comments

Are you an "accidental tester"?

While at STAREAST a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was an “accidental tester”, someone who had gotten into testing more by chance than as part of a conscious and planned decision.

After talking to a few self defined “accidental testers” I kept asking people in the conference about their own personal paths into testing, and I found that just about everyone I talked to became a tester from different sides of the working spectrum.

But I see this as am advantage.…


Added by Maayan P.T on May 28, 2014 at 10:30 — 7 Comments

Why the Software Testing Club Will (Statistically) Make You Rich

I recently performed an exhaustive study of the effects of Software Testing Club access on average income of software testers. For practical purposes, I limited my study to all testers I know within 500 km of my workplace in San Antonio, Texas. Since I am the only tester I personally know within 500 km of my workplace, this made survey data collection and participant interviews convenient to capture.

The first task in performing this study was to determine the timeframes for taking…


Added by Jeff Lucas on May 25, 2014 at 18:36 — 12 Comments

Webinar: Hiring Professional Testers- my notes and thoughts

Hi all,

I recently started a discussion in the forum around hiring testers and processes and must do's and don't's as the interviewer. 

Then Huib advised me he is doing a webinar - so here are my notes and thoughts from the webinar. Maybe they will help some people out too.

Further discussions around the topic will be held here:…


Added by Kim Knup on May 19, 2014 at 14:35 — 4 Comments

QA Recognition worldwide

Hi all QA professionals,


I wish to know how much recognition your QA receives in your region? For example, the reporting line of QA, the importance of QA team, how common a QA team exists in a company in your region.


I am in Asia. Most of the QA report to PM. QA team is not very important. Some company start to get one QA or two after DEV team was started and when they realize quality problem (and think one QA or two is sufficient to solve the problem). Some…


Added by David on May 2, 2014 at 7:44 — 14 Comments

Is the need for Test Automation exaggerated in the internet?

I know it is controversial. Honestly, I am not a big fans of test automation. I understand the benefit of test automation and I have driven a few initiative of implementing test automation. However, my entire rationale is to benefit manual testing, not more than that.

Some manual testing is made to be repetitive and boring. If we have no chance to get rid of them, automating them is a good option. However, in the internet, this need is often exaggerated. Some say test automation can…


Added by David on April 29, 2014 at 6:00 — 10 Comments

How You May Enhance (or Lose) Your Testing Job with Automation

Recently, I read the book “The Second Machine Age” by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. In the book, the authors compare the current digital age to the introduction of steam, internal combustion, and electric powered machines of the last two hundred years. The central theme of the book is the impact of Moore's Law on society, where computers continue to undergo exponential growth of computing power and speed. Computers have a long way to go to achieve sentience, but they…


Added by Jeff Lucas on April 25, 2014 at 16:48 — No Comments

Test Environment Management Maturity Index

Over the last 20 years I have been fortunate enough to have worked for or consulted for many large tier-1 organizations in the area of configuration management, test environment and test data Solutions. During this journey I have recognized one consistent fact, every organization I visit recognizes their Test Environment Management (TEM) capability is important and their current set-up is ‘less than ideal”. Yet still they seem unable to appropriately address it.

It’s hardly surprising…


Added by Niall Crawford on April 22, 2014 at 23:41 — No Comments

Test Techniques to prepare logical test cases for Web & Functional testing

Hi all,

This is my first post, I would like your comment/feedback. If you want me to explain in detail let me know.


Suthan Rajagopal

Added by Suthan Rajagopal on April 7, 2014 at 17:43 — No Comments

Life is too short for manual testing. Would you agree?

While going through some blogs over the internet, I came across a statement that caught my attention. It read "Life is too short for manual testing." and quite a few people had agreed to it and commented that automation will be taking over completely and manual testing will perish soon.

Now, I was left in a dilemma that was I reading it right? And I started to wonder is Wall-E is for real, and that I-Robot and Terminator are not just movies.

Personally this is…


Added by Milin Patel on March 26, 2014 at 6:30 — 19 Comments

A Conspiracy of Quality

Gerald Weinberg wrote that "quality is a value to some person", where (here I am paraphrasing) value is what someone would pay to have their requirements met. This implies an intentional relationship (a contract) between people. I would take this farther to say that value and quality can only be defined in terms of shared experiences. These shared experiences extend to the end users, the customer, the developers, business analysts, and the software testers. Anything…


Added by Jeff Lucas on March 24, 2014 at 23:32 — 5 Comments

10 Things You Can Do to Become a Better Tester

1. Test for quality over quantity: “Here’s 1000 bugs… good luck!” Testers, please don’t ever shoot for quantity. Identifying the most important bugs and glitches, and helping the company or developer make sense of the bugs is ten times more helpful then testing for mere volume.

2. Learn to prioritize: In line with “quality over quantity”, prioritizing what you test is extremely important. Testing the mission critical parts of an application before the minute details of an app…


Added by Milin Patel on March 24, 2014 at 5:49 — 5 Comments

Top 5 excuses for not having enough Testers/Testing!

It’s amazing how many product teams never give enough importance to testing (and testers). And the excuses you hear are even more astonishing; albeit funny. With all the free and open source testing tools, services, sites, blogs and books available, one can no longer have any more excuses not to perform software testing on their product before they release it. It might come as a surprise to some, but in most cases many developers do not get the opportunity to work with a truly competent…


Added by Milin Patel on March 22, 2014 at 9:32 — 1 Comment

The Trap of Exploratory Context Collapse

I recently heard the term “context collapse” in a podcast discussing the possible flight of the younger audience from some social media applications. It is unclear who originally coined the term in the early 2000's, which initially referred generically to the overlapping circles on social media leading to a poster's inability to focus on a single audience. In the podcast, the meaning was more specifically defined to identify the clash of…


Added by Jeff Lucas on March 8, 2014 at 21:04 — 1 Comment

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