Choosing an API tool May 2, 2018 A story about selecting tools from my previous job. In the dark days, we explored as a user would, and when things changed, we explored again. Later, it got lighter, and we used tools like Fiddler to help us explore. We saw more, and we used our tools to explore deeper than we could before. Before too long, we started automating. One time, we encountered a problem where we needed to know if a piece of common markup (in this case, a support popup) displayed correctly in all of our sites, in all of the browsers and in all of the languages. ...
The nonsense of gender-influences on testers Oct 13, 2017 Have you been watching Duck Quacks Don’t Echo? Lee Mack has guests on and they talk and test lesser-known facts. For instance, did you know that: People with blue eyes have a higher tolerance for alcohol than brown-eyed people The chlorine in swimming pools smells because the pool is dirty I’ll be honest, the gags are naff, and not all facts are interesting facts, but I approve of their testing of things, and every once in a while, there’s a fact that tickles my professional interest. ...
T7: Dig Deeper Aug 29, 2016 During a recent conversation on Testers.io, I asked whether anyone had cool resources or ideas that I could take to my test team meeting as an activity to keep everyone thinking. My team is mixed level, so I want activities that add XP to my juniors but without boring the seniors. (Side note: I hate junior/senior terminology, and want something better. Ideas?) Ideas weren’t forthcoming, so I thought I’d start writing some of my own. ...
The Carwash Analogy Apr 24, 2015 I was recently having a discussion with a developer friend of mine about why he should recruit testers (since they currently don’t). It bothers me that the end of the conversation didn’t end “Dan, you’re absolutely right, I’m totally getting me some of them!". Explaining testing well is no easy task. What if the company is doing well with their current quality level? The problem here is that testers don’t have a largely tangible output. ...
The Persona of a Tester Apr 10, 2015 Hey it’s springtime, and there’s a new testing blog, so given the time of year, you should be expecting a write-up of my experiences at the recent (and excellent!) TestBash 2015. I might get to that, but not today. Instead, I wanted to share a great picture with you that really captured the essence of testing for me, and perhaps why I still enjoy testing after years in the industry when some tire of it, or use it as a stepping stone to other things. ...