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 […]

Comments on learning styles

I’ve gotten a couple of email feedbacks on my learning styles posts, and I thought I’d post a quick note here, both to serve as a reminder to myself (since I’m focusing on finishing the initial draft of my initial learning style paper today) and to possibly stir up some more discussion. First, Alan Richardson […]

Learning Styles Culture-based?

I’m doing a lot of reading lately on learning styles in preparation for a paper I’ll be presenting at PNSQC this fall (“Learning Styles and Exploratory Testing”). This (so far) has focused primarily on the Felder-Silverman learning style model (where students are marked on 4 or 5 continua (active-reflective, visual-verbal, global-sequential, sensing-intuitive, and inductive-deductive)). I’ll […]

How to make up for missing learning styles skills

Another thing that Felder mentions multiple times in his papers are that while each person has preferred learning styles, succeeding professionally requires skills in all aspects (e.g., both visual and verbal skills). How can someone who has come through the school system and never developed skills in a particular aspect (due to an education that […]