Friday, 25 July 2008

Noob lessons for Software Testing

Raising Defects can challenge even the best of testers, as the tester at ClicheQuest Offices found out to his peril.
Lessons this cartoon has to teach us about raising, or not raising, defects - ed: 'so we should say "lowering" then?' (sorry, I couldn't resist):
  • "All we want are the facts ma'am" as Joe Friday would prompt.
  • Don't tell people what to do.
  • Work sensible hours
  • Get your own back

My way of surviving...

Survivor

Evil is my way of surviving Development Hell.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Software Testing, A Funny Business

Steve Martin's Autobiography starts with the following phrase:
"I did stand-up comedy for eighteen years. Ten of those years were spent learning, four years were spent refining, and four were spent in wild success... enjoyment when performing was rare - enjoyment would have been an indulgent loss of focus that comedy cannot afford. After the shows, however, I experienced long hours of elation or misery depending on how the show went..."
I spent the first ten years of my testing career learning, since then I've spent the years refining and learning. I haven't enjoyed the wild success yet. But then I test software rather than perform stand-up comedy... but on some projects- who can tell the difference?