Reinventing The Role Of The Software Tester

Today, will be the third and final installment of my coverage of chapter two of Lessons Learned In Software Testing. I want to briefly discuss three common industry misconceptions that Bach, et. al. either hint at, or point out explicitly in the chapter. These misconceptions often affect the way testing, as a business value, is …

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Serial Book Review: Lessons Learned In Software Testing, Chapter 2 (Part B)

In last week’s post, I covered the core thesis of Chapter 2, in Lessons Learned In Software Testing. But, in spite of how much there was to cover in that post, there was still a great deal more in the chapter that deserved attention. So, here we are. This week, I want to cover lesson …

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Serial Book Review: Lessons Learned In Software Testing, Chapter 2 (Part A)

The first chapter of Lessons Learned In Software Testing argued that the tester is in a relationship with his teammates, and that his role is determined by a process of negotiation made possible by that relationship. In chapter two, “Thinking Like A Tester”, we will discover that the tester has an equally important relationship with …

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Confirmation Bias Scores Another Victim…

Among other things, I am a twitter subscriber to @RetractionWatch, mostly because I am fascinated by the process of science. It’s curiously very similar in some key ways, to the larger process of software development. But the reason I’m bringing this up today, is because of one tweet that happened to catch my eye tonight …

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Serial Book Review: Lessons Learned In Software Testing, Chapter 1

A few weeks ago, a colleague queried me for advice regarding implementing a testing role on a project for which he is a product manager. Over the course of that discussion, one book frequently sprang to mind as an ideal tutorial for product managers and new testers, alike: the remarkable collaboration of James Bach, Brett …

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Dammit, Why Won’t You People Hire Product Managers?

Hypothetical situation for all you Startup CEOs: Your son has just reached the age when he’s able to read, and it’s time to start thinking about what sort of education he should have. There are lots of options (at least, in most western countries). You could enroll him in your local government school. You could …

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Neckbeard Blogging Made Easy With Python And WordPress (Part 1)

How I Blog Continuing the theme from the last post, I thought it might be fun to describe the actual nuts and bolts of my blogging process, because APIs are everywhere in this process. To begin, let me take a quick step back. After leaving my last job, I thought it would be good to …

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