Cem Kaner interview on uTest blog

Cem Kaner’s interview on the uTest blog talks mostly about his new book, but was especially interesting when it got to the part about emerging trends.

<Scientific> communities are sometimes characterized as moving between two dysfunctional extremes, with stagnation at one end and fragmentation at the other. In the stagnant extreme, everyone pretends to believe in the same things (or the dissenters are unable to gain attention) and the field makes slow, incremental progress. Dissenters break out of this by forming schools that gain influence and add a lot of creative tension.

Testing seems particularly stuck in a period of stagnation at the moment.  Hopefully time will see some interesting new schools form.  I put myself in the ‘dissenter’ category right now with respect to what I would once have considered my testing ‘community’, the context-driven school.  I know I’m not the only one that feels this way, but I’m not in a place in my life right now to voice my feelings on the subject.

Kaner and Bach’s public split is certainly evidence of fragmentation.  It will be interesting to see what happens next.

Jonathan Kohl back down under with testing and user experience training

Jonathan Kohl is going to be back in Australia and New Zealand in February with his mobile testing course, as well as with a new course on mobile application user experience.  Courses are being run through SoftEd in Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne and Sydney, so check it out!

I’m hiring

I currently have a vacancy in my team for an assistant test lead to carry some of the low-level planning, bug and environment management load.  They would also be hands-on.

See Transurban’s career site for details or contact me if you have questions.

A reminder on what not do when you’re automating testing

Five years ago I wrote, somewhat flippantly, on automation failure, but apparently some people never noticed.  It still seems relevant, so please go and read (or re-read) ‘Automate your way to ineffective testing with my twelve step program…

Problems with CA Workload Automation

On the off chance it helps someone else, when firing up CA Workload Automation for the first time, it failed to start with the message ‘JVM terminated, error code=-1′.

There was no obvious cause for this, the install was a fresh one on a newly set up machine.   I reinstalled the JDK, and still the same error.  A bit of reading suggested there may be issues with an ini file related to eclipse.  I found the CAWADesktopClient.ini file and had a look.  The file looked a bit messed up, with lines being broken in odd places.

After making it look like this…

…everything is working as it should be.

Hope this helps someone.

Yodle are looking for a tester

This came out of the blue, and I don’t know much about them, but someone from Yodle.com asked me if I would spread the word about their open tester position (New York-based). On paper, it looks pretty interesting, and my readership is mostly US-based, so hopefully this might help someone out: http://www.yodle.com/yodle-careers/jobs/new-york/qa-engineer/

Test Strategy Mnemonics

Based on some current work, I’m going to need to extend my test strategy mnemonic to include ‘Accountabilities’.   That gives me a ton of options, such as ‘Gated Script Rats’, ‘Script a test drag’, ‘Attracts Red Pigs’ or ‘Egad! Script tarts’.

I’ll update once I’ve decided, but feel free to offer your favourites from the Anagram server, here and here.

Free testing book

Via Ben Kelly, Rikard Edgren’s brief but dense ‘Little Black Book On Test Design‘ is worth a read.

It’s cheap both in dollars (free) and time (less than 15 minutes if you’re quick).

Another problem with BDD?

I don’t know if it is, but I enjoyed Michael’s post on problematic uses of ’should’ in requirements.  Enjoy.

I’m hiring

I’m currently looking for two testers, a junior and slightly-less-junior to come and work as permanent employees in my team at Transurban.

You can view the current PD at http://www.transurban.com.au/532.htm.  I haven’t had time to update it (it was created prior to me starting here), but I think it’s  a reasonable statement of the technologies involved.  If you do have any questions before applying, feel free to contact me via the ‘About’ page on this site.

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I'm Jared Quinert, a testing consultant located in Melbourne, Australia. With over fifteen years of experience, I specialise in agile testing, context-driven testing and intelligent toolsmithing with a focus on business outcomes over process. As one of the most experienced agile testers in Australia, I've been diving in hands-on since 2003 to discover how to build successful whole-team approaches to software development.

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