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 […]
Posts that reflect thinking about myself, where I’m trying to go, and what I want to see happen in the field of testing.
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 […]
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 […]
Observation, or How to Steal Like an Artist, Testing redux
I came across a citation the other day for the blog post “How to Steal Like an Artist (and 9 other things nobody told me)“, by Austin Kleon. Given my feeling that some artists get way too possessive of any idea they have and that we grow by sharing ideas and adapting them, I was […]
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 […]
*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 […]
The Three-Year Plan
As I was driving home from Orlando one night, I had a revelation. When I came to grad school, I felt like I had no plan for the future after school was done. Graduation was this big brick wall and there was nothing after that. This past year, I’ve seen a lot of my attitudes […]