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Does your cook, taste bad to you?

Well, i'm frightened but if someone will ask me this question,I would shout at everyone with a big NO.

Does it even matter when i'm the only one guy who is supposed have it?

I would say, who d hell are you to ask this question?

But YES it gonna harm me , if its a repetitive process.…


Added by Krushna Prasad Subudhi on October 10, 2014 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

Why I Did Not Sign the Petition

I know that I am going out on a limb here. There has been a long, well-structured, and convincing set of arguments published that convince me that the ISO 29119 standard is a bad idea.

Even with all of that, I did not sign the petition against the standard for the following reason: I did not read it. To gain information on the standard, I accessed the available web sites and even joined a group discussing it on LinkdIn. On that forum, I posted a comment that I was shocked that the…


Added by Jeff Lucas on September 21, 2014 at 18:00 — 20 Comments

Doctrine of Six σ ????

Striving for the quality with the continuous improvement is the only success mantra for every organization which determines its market value and stability in the market. I think we can all agree the companies’ makes too many mistakes and errors to achieve it. Quality that strives for near perfection is six sigma. Only I know is It’s an approach and methodology for eliminating defects in any process – from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service. First, we start with…


Added by Chandan Singh Rathod on September 20, 2014 at 11:58 — No Comments

Pan-Dimensional Hyper Intelligent Creators of Deep Thought and User Acceptance

Obviously I am brand new at this.  So new in fact, that the only software I have tested is what the professor in my course has presented as problems for us to solve. 

As I work my way through dynamic testing techniques, I cannot help but wonder what type of technique would the pan-dimensional, hyper intelligent creators of "Deep Thought" have chosen to test acceptance.  A better question is did they even use testers?  If they had, wouldn't they have determined that the answer…


Added by GwendyTheDigger on September 18, 2014 at 19:18 — 6 Comments

The Regression Rate - The unknown unknown?

I have talked earlier today to my old manager and asked him if he has found a book or a blog post about something we have measured inside the last project we did together (over years):

  • regression rate per new function
  • regression rate per bug fix

He also didn't find anything about that metric but is also working in his new role to get the data again: The regression rate for his team.



Added by Joerg Sievers on September 17, 2014 at 18:36 — No Comments

How boring is security testing?

For last few years I’ve been doing security testing and am finally ready to start blogging about it. So this is my first blog. Reason I write it is realization that in security testing just like in functional testing with experience your stack of test ideas grow so huge that you have to decide: either follow so called best practices or adjust them for your project context and do a lot of micro decisions of what tests will bring less value to the stakeholders..

My first impression…


Added by Ainars Galvans on September 17, 2014 at 8:00 — 7 Comments

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

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