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 […]

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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.

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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…‘

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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 […]

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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/

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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 […]

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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).

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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.

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