Sunday, 27 April 2008

Question: Which applications do you use during interviews to 'see' howcandidates do exploratory testing?

After the discussion about passion and interviewing testers I started to rethink how I conduct interviews and I think that in the future I will use MS Paint as an application to see how candidates approach testing.

A long time ago, I wrote my own little app for use during interviews. You can play with it if you like - it has many deliberately injected bugs - so no raising defect reports with me, but feel free to share any experiences that you have with it.

I mainly used this in team based exercises, and primarily to explore presupposition analysis as a method for testing.

So, now to explain the reasons why, and how, I'll use MS Paint.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

5 books I recommend to software testers that most testers have probablynever read

"What testing books should I read?" such a hard question to answer in a land where a testing book that has value at one point in your career ceases to have value later on.

I do have some books that I recommend to testers, entirely ignoring their context - ha... see... Eeeevil...

So... 5 books, not about testing, that could  change the way you think about testing (or my taste in books). Certainly they all changed the way that I approach testing.

Friday, 18 April 2008

Challenge your assumptions and presuppositions to identify usefulvariation

Any curious tester can find a number of published heuristic documents out there on the web (James Bach, Elisabeth Hendrickson)

'Heuristics' appear regularly on blog posts. (Mike Kelly, Ainars Galvans, Scott Barber, David Gilbert)

In this post I aim to show you an easy way of identifying new test ideas without recourse to heuristics, on a case by case basis, to allow you to add further depth to your own test explorations.

Friday, 11 April 2008

Software Testing Lessons from Brief Counselling and Therapy

Brief Therapy (and other therapeutic models) provides me with some useful 'heuristics', approaches and techniques to apply during my testing.

Brief Therapy - often called Solutions Focused Therapy concentrates on moving the client towards the 'solution' that they want to achieve through the therapy process. Different from problem focused therapy which concentrate on the problems that led to whatever situation and symptoms the client currently faces.

I have read a fair few Brief Therapy books in the past, but this particular blog posting comes after reading "Brief Counselling: Narratives and Solutions" by Judith Milner and Patrick O'byrne - not a great book but a solid and 'brief' useful overview.[][]

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Create Software Test Ideas Fast Using Presentation PreparationTechniques

image A little history... As I did my best to teach a tester how to write test ideas for an Agile story I found myself wondering why I found coming up with ideas and questions a fairly easy activity and why they seemed not to find it quite so easy. Practice would have had something to do with it, but I also suspected a slightly different mental model.

I went out to try and find 'other' models for generating ideas and structures quickly. The first thing I found in the library had the title "Blank Page to First Draft in 15 Minutes", authored by Phillip Khan-Panni (BPTFD). Obviously not considered a classic as Amazon lists it as currently out of print, but the reviewers seemed to like it. [][]

In terms of preparing for presentations it offers as much as most presentation books - but can it help me generate test ideas?...