Part 2 of our TWiST podcast now posted

SoftwareTestPro.com has posted part 2 of the interview that Matt Heusser did with Heather and I for the TWiST podcast. This time, I talk more about the automation I’m working on and about what was then my upcoming Selenium Conference talk. Heather talks about the value of testing and misconceptions about testers. http://www.softwaretestpro.com/Item/5129/TWiST-43—Heather-and-Andy-Tinkham-Part-II/Interviews-Automation (again, registration […]

How the Study of Art informs my Testing

I study art in my spare time, including perusing art related blogs and attending classes. The thing that intrigues me is how much overlap I find between some of those topics and several aspects of what goes in to thoughtful, skilled testing to me: – Intentionality – Observation – Practice – Focus on the final […]

Heather & Andy interviewed for TWiST podcast

A few weeks back, Heather and I spent a wonderful hour talking to Matt Heusser, the host of the This Week in Software Testing podcast. Our conversation covered all sorts of topics, and the time flew by. Both Heather and I had interacted a little with Matt, but it was nice to get the chance […]

Welcome to the new testerthoughts.com!

This weekend has seen a frenzy of activity as my wife and I moved the Tester Thoughts blog to it’s new home on a self-hosted WordPress server. There are several benefits to doing this: I have more control over security and performance tuning, so hopefully you should see a speed increase. I added the capability […]

How development debt becomes a Hydra

When we talk about “technical debt” it seems to convey the idea that you are creating an obligation to fix things later that will behave nicely and predictably, like an open balance on your credit card. You know what you over-spent, it will grow over time due to a pre-specified interest rate, and possibly late […]

Test Automation Architecture intro

As promised, I’m working on a series of posts digging deeper into the architecture I started describing at the Selenium Conference a couple of weeks ago. I had hoped that the videos of the talk would be up before I started on the series. I know that people are working on making them available, so […]

Mind mapping the Selenium Conference 2011

In a tweet she made from the Selenium Conference, Marlena Compton stated that I had mind mapped all my notes from the conference. She asked for a picture at the time, which I gave by taking a screen shot on my iPad. I didn’t have the full map shown, so she only got a portion […]

Selenium Conference 2011 wrap-up

Selenium Conference 2011 is over and done with for the year. I had a great time, and want to thank everyone who made it such a success. I think the biggest takeaway for me is that I need to switch over my xpath locators to CSS selectors right away. I can’t ignore the speed gains […]