Getting out of our own way as Testers, part 1: changing the metaphor for bugs

In my presentation at CAST 2013, I will be talking about some non-traditional things that the best testers I know do, using material from TED talks, biographies, and various fields of research. Because I have been spending a lot of time looking at these talks as I rehearse my talk, I have a lot of […]

Feast or Famine: why the posts are flowing now….

I’m pondering why it seems so easy to pump out blog posts today, the day after TestRetreat and the day before CAST 2013. Here are my first impressions: It’s easy to forget that people are interested in what we have to say when we are mired in the everyday routine of our lives. It’s easy […]

TestRetreat 2013 – The Rest of my Mindmaps

The last 3 sessions I was in resulted in smaller mindmaps. I was mentally processing more information and thus didn’t capture everything. I’m going to combine all three mindmaps into a single post. First up was a discussion that Matt Heusser facilitated around the Cynefin sense-making framework. Matt sees value here for testers and was […]

New Testers and Awe of “Experts”

I have been doing a lot of interviews in the last year for permanent and consultant testers and one question I always ask is who they follow in blogs or who they have read to learn about and improve their skills as testers. On the rare occasion that the interviewee actually gives me a name […]

Visualization in Testing (TestRetreat 2013)

The second session yesterday was the one I facilitated on visualization of testing information. I’ve recently started taking an interest in this – reading books by Nathan Yau and Stephen Few, with Colin Ware, Edward Tufte and others on the short term reading list (along with additional books by Yau and Few). I’m even strongly […]

Measuring Context-Driven Testing (TestRetreat 2013)

The second session I was at at TestRetreat was one I facilitated around the visual representation of testing information. I’ll do a post on that later this weekend when I have time to type up the 5 easel pad pages of notes we generated and get Heather’s mindmap she made. More on that to come… […]

Experiential Learning (TestRetreat 2013)

I’m at TestRetreat today in Madison, WI. A bunch of smart people here (some of whom I’ve met before, some I’ve known through online interactions, and some I’m having the pleasure of meeting for this first time this weekend) and as one does (at least if one is me), I’ve been making mindmaps on the […]