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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


Tonight we spent the after dinner session taking a first crack at describing what we’ve learned from the session so far. I imagine we’ll be revisiting the topic again in the next couple of days, but here’s the slightly annotated list of points we came up with tonight… Managing XP with cards is like chartered […]

Metrics in XP

This post is in more of a notes style than my previous ones. I was originally planning on making this more prose-like, but I’m not going to after all. I kind of like the way it reads now. Maybe it’ll lead to more questions, but I’m going to call it a blogging experiment. 🙂 Cem […]

On exploratory testing

Cem and James talked about exploratory testing — Cem talked about exploratory testing in terms of categorizing knowledge — by risk, test technique, or approach. Though I wasn’t there, from other comments (and talks with James), I would guess he talked about the use of heuristics and skeptical questioning of the application. He gave the […]

Day 3 wrap-up

You may have noticed that I’m blogging less and less on each day. Some of this is because the planning and procedural stuff is becoming less emphasized as we work more on getting a story done. While I could say “we wrote code” it doesn’t seem the same to me in terms of what I […]

Group discussion

Did some stories, did some code mining, did a feature walkthrough (so they know where they’re going). Talked about what scenario testing is and what the role of testing is on projects. They’ve already found a big stack of bugs in the existing code. Synopsis of their discussion of scenario testing: Got through the demo […]