Friday, 21 September 2018

What If Courage was Contagious?

TLDR; Lead without leadership authority by assuming that courage is contagious

I suspect most emotions are contagious. Laughter is contagious. Fear is contagious. Courage is contagious.

All of these I’ve used as tactics in my work communication.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

What if we don't use the words Verification and Validation?

What if we don't use the words Verification and Validation?

TLDR; Imagine never having to worry about saying “Verification” when you meant “Validation”. Well you can. Write down what the V-words imply, and then use those sentences you wrote down instead.

I’ve been in meetings where people have argued about the words “Verification” and “Validation”. For some reason these words have a high weighting of importance in “The World of Software Testing”.
I have the personal issue that I forget which one is “meeting requirements” and which one is “meeting needs” and have to reverse engineer the words every time I need to use or interpret them.
I’m not the only one, because often I see the questions: “Am I building the product right?” (Verification), and “Am I building the right product?” (Validation).
And I asked myself, “What if I don’t use the words verification and validation?”

Friday, 7 September 2018

The Evil Tester Show Podcast Episode 006 - Workarounds

The Evil Tester Show Podcast Episode 006 - Workarounds

The new "Evil Tester Show" episode covers the topic of Workarounds.
Have you ever used a workaround to get something done?

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Patreon Micro Courses

Patreon Micro Courses

I have created a list of the Micro Courses in the EvilTester Patreon site.
I will keep the list updated as I add new material.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Do you answer your own rhetorical questions?

TLDR: Do you ever ask yourself rhetorical questions? If so, try and answer them by building assumptions. Then investigate your assumptions.

Do you ask yourself rhetorical questions?

I suspect most people do.

Leaving them unanswered means not following up on a opportunity for learning that your brain has put in front of you.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Test Automation ROI Exercises

TLDR: Rather than discuss ROI in depth, I want to explore how to evaluate ROI for yourself, so I provide some questions as an exercise e.g. “Why do you use ROI?”, “What do you gain?”, “What do you lose?”, etc.

I am often asked about ROI. And I wrote a parody answer. In this post I explore initial beliefs and then questions to explore and expand my model of ROI.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

How To Invest In Testing

TLDR: If you want to invest in yourself, we have books and courses and a patreon page

Finding testing too expensive?

Trying to replace your testers by Automating Testing?

You’re doing it wrong.

Tool vendors want to sell you tools to automate your testing and make testing cheaper - but here’s what they don’t tell you.