Guilty Pleasure

In Episode 10 of The Guilty Tester podcast Dave Duke took questions from the Twitterverse. The first one was this: Think of a piece of work you’ve done recently, what did you actually do to test it and looking back, what surprised you? In his answer, Dave told a story about a recent series of…

Solid State

Respect can be earned in many ways, with reliability, consistency and longevity among them: say you’ll do your thing, do your thing, improve your thing, repeat, repeat, repeat. And so respect is due to the organisers of the State of Testing survey for their continuing efforts to record annual snapshots of our industry. The 2019…

Call Me

I spoke about the overlap between testing and technical support at SoftTest 2018 last week. The presentation was based on When Support Calls, the book I wrote with Neil Younger and Chris George for the Ministry of Testing. Here’s the blurb: Testers are said to be advocates for the customer, but when do most testers come face…

Tomorrow Never Nose

At CEWT #3, back in October 2016, I presented a definition of testing I had been toying with, a definition which later became this: Testing is the pursuit of relevant incongruity After hearing me out, one of the participants asked a strong, strong question: did I think my definition of testing could also define something…

Testing in the Abstract, Again

It reminded me once more of Harnessed Tester asking whether he could switch his testing off.  I mean, I never intended to start testing when I began reviewing those abstracts. All I wanted to do was think about a strategy for reviewing conference submissions, implement it, and reflect on it. That’s all. Honestly. But here I…

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