I was asked to do a talk on Mindful testing for Swiss Testing Day. I liked the idea. I have been practicing Mindful Testing personally (and mostly quietly) for the last couple of years, and this gave me an excuse to look back at the ways I have been improving it with my experience. For […]
Why and how we should redefine what it means to be a tester by getting involved in all stages of the development process and adding value wherever possible.
We make hundreds of decisions, choices, and judgments on a day-to-day basis. Life would be exhaustive if we had to deliberate over each and every one of these decisions. Humans prefer to avoid information overload by preferring solutions that require minimal mental effort. We are naturally programmed to handle information overload by using mental shortcuts […]
There were times in my testing career when I found myself in a complicated spot as a result of my attempts to be a “good friend”, and in some cases a “team player”. The problem is that when we are testing and we find issues, sometimes we feel bad communicating these bugs or even problems […]
One of my biggest challenges, when I test, is distractions. A teammate might come with a “quick question” about a test I ran or a bug I reported yesterday. Or maybe someone will come to answer an email I sent a couple of hours ago. It can be a couple of people walking next to […]
A picture’s worth a thousand words, right? Then imagine what a series of pictures is worth… This is what we (at PractiTest) have been doing with the State of Testing project (now entering its 7th year). Each year we survey the professional worldwide QA community and publish the results in the annual State of Testing […]