Archive | On-Going Improvement

what makes a good tester?

I was asked to give a short presentation to a Testing Training Class about the attributes required from a Professional Tester in today’s environment. After carefully reviewing the issue and talking with a couple of colleagues I reached the (un-surprising) conclusion that today we look for 2 separate types of attributes in a tester: Soft-Skills […]

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The Pesticide Paradox: how to keep your tests relevant.

Almost 20 years ago Boris Beizer stated what became known as the Pesticide Paradox: “Every method you use to prevent or find bugs leaves a residue of subtler bugs against which those methods are ineffectual.” In plain English this means that as you run your tests multiple times, they stop been effective in catching bugs. […]

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How to use easy to find bug information to improve the quality of your testing

On-going improvements are usually sitting quietly under our noses…Taking a closer look at our bugs and the information available in them we can come up with very strong upgrades to our testing process. Following are 4 metrics you can collect easily during your regular bug lifecycle that can provide good leads into places where you […]

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Process Quality Feedback and Escaping Defects

I was visiting friends and family last week in Costa Rica. Even though there is a growing software industry in there, my non-technical childhood friends only know that I work in “something related to computers” and for them that means I do everything from installing printers to writing the software for the space shuttle program. […]

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