*bzzt* *bzzt* Resuming broadcasting…

It’s been two months since I last posted here. I got out of the habit about the time that I left MN to go back down to FL for the school year, and have been playing catch up ever since. It’s been something that has been high on my todo list, but never actually accomplished […]

Disproportionate amount of introverts in software testing

My wife and I were talking the other day about my learning styles research. She observed that it seemed to her that most testers tend to be more introverted than extroverted. While I don’t have the facts to prove or disprove this (yet), in thinking about the testers I know, and my interactions with other […]

Compendium of Idea Generation Techniques

In my Exploring Exploratory Testing talk, I mentioned a web site run by Martin Leith that contained a taxonomy of Idea generation Techniques. Renee Hopkins (of Corante’s IdeaFlow blog) just reported that Leith has taken the site down as he no longer wants” to put any more energy into developing models and concepts”. Renee has […]

Context-free Questions

Last week, I gave a presentation on exploratory testing at the Twin Cities Quality Assurance Association. It was the same paper that I gave at STAR East in May, with some stuff that I learned in giving the presentation the first time. The paper and presentation are both available at the lab website. One of […]

A step back

In looking back, I realized that I dove into several topics here without any real explanation of why I was doing it. For those of you reading who have not been present at FIT since the day I arrived, here’s a catch-up so that you know where I’m coming from. This is taken from an […]

Another reason for why I’m in grad school

Higher education or a larger brain may protect against dementia, according to new findings by researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Kentucky. [Science Blog] I knew there was more to it than just wanting to learn more and get the organizational framework for the knowledge I already had… Now I […]

And so it (temporarily) ends

This is the last post I’ll be making from Front Royal. Those who may have gotten used to multiple posts a day will find themselves sadly disappointed in the upcoming months. There’ll be no posts for the next few days (I’ll be without net access as I drive back home then spend the weekend with […]

Naked/Ironman CRC

Michael F. gave us a demo of what he calls “Naked CRC” or “Ironman CRC”. This is a technique that he uses to explain systems visually, using motion and spatial relationships. It’s a bit hard to explain completely textually, so if you ever get the chance have him demonstrate it for you. Basically, the technique […]

Wrap-up

Cem prepared this list to help us discuss the outcome of this workshop. We spent this morning discussing and refining it (with John moderating, which I mention so that he can get his Toastmaster’s credit 🙂 ). All of these things are in the context of testing on an agile project, where people typically shift […]

Guest post from James Bach

One of the things that I (Andy) don’t feel like I conveyed well in this blog is some of the conflict that came out in our discussions. I think my failure in this regard stemmed from two pieces — the conflict aversion I described a few posts back, and the fact that this was a […]