As you may be aware, I follow certain testing folks in the Context Driven community. Some of these Testers are members of the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing.
I have read & heard about this Miagi-Do school for a while – I knew I had to complete a challenge to ‘gain entry’ in order to prove my worth, but I had never got round to following up on how I go about receiving a challenge.
Now, largely due to a post from David Greenlees, I got my ass into gear & contacted the Miagi-Do school for a challenge!
Continue reading “Miagi-Do challenge from Matt Heusser – Critical Thinking”
What better way to guage your learning than to have a chat with someone who knows (& has proved they know!) what they’re talking about.
This was the tone of the Skype coaching session I was fortunate to have with Anne-Marie Charret (AM) the other week (apologies in getting round to blog about it!)
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I had originally proposed a hypothesis about James Bach & his Testers Commitments in my previous post & the only way I could think of proving or disproving it was to ask him in person (well, over Skype at least!)
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2012 has been manic for me so I haven’t been able to blog as much I’d like to. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking of ideas.
These ideas have been racking up, so I thought I’d bang them into a post so I don’t forget. Also, writing them down means I’m committed to seeing them through!
Continue reading “Coming Up…”
James Bach wrote a very interesting blog post on what he sees as a Testers commitment when working with Programmers.
The post was written in the form of an open letter and had some great points, but there were a few I couldn’t get my head around.
Continue reading “My response to A Testers Commitments from James Bach”
I’m currently focussing on my Java skills & I have been doing this by working through the Head First Java book.
Even though this is a great book & not as dry as the SCJP tome I started with, the worked examples still are not as authentic as I’d like them to be – I’m finding it hard to stay motivated!
Continue reading “Challenge Duncan! Help me to learn Java through the medium of test automation”
There has been a lot of buzz around how the role of the Tester is changing in light of a more responsive & flexible development process (“Agile”, if you will)
The GTAC headline of “Test is Dead” is attention grabbing, but when you listen to views being discussed, they don’t actually say there is no future testing, only that its perspective has shifted. Unfortunately, some people don’t read past than the headline…
Nor is this a new concept for 2011 – the role of the Tester has gradually been shifting since the introduction of different approaches to programming, such as Test Driven Development.
Continue reading “Testing [is] Dead? Do I now cease to exist?”
This post is about using the output from my Testing The Time Machine dojo to help me develop my exploratory testing, presentation & facilitating skills.
The previous post includes what I learnt from the session generally, in terms of organising a geek night & presenting. This post is about what I have learnt from the session output combined with the previous post in order to identify clear goals for my continued exploratory testing learning as well as improving the dojo.
Continue reading “Testing The Time Machine – Lessons Learned / Retrospective”
>Its been around 12 months since I started on my learning journey & as I’m starting to look for my goals for the next 12 months I thought it would be wise to take stock & see what I have & haven’t achieved.
Its going to be a ramble I’m afraid…
Continue reading “12 months of learning – where am I now?”
Through scouring the different testing challenges & realising the potential limitations (such as its a big ask to expect everyone to bring a lappy on the 1st night) I really like the idea of ‘hypothetically’ testing an object.
Several of the challenges refer to testing an object not yet invented, from the future, or technically interesting. I liked the idea of all of these, so I put the challenge in the context of Back To The Future!
Things are starting to heat up now & the Liverpool STC meetup is getting ever more real.
The night has also now merged with the newly formed Liverpool Tester Gathering to inform the different communities as to what’s going on in the area!
Continue reading “Liverpool STC Meetup – Progress”
Not just for Testers, but anyone interested in delivering value in software
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I was having a discussion with SimonK over on Software Testing Clubs forum in a thread regarding education in testing & where you spend your buck in doing it.
Continue reading “RST – Would Michael or James attend their course if they weren’t running it?”
So, I’ve been flexing my mindmap skills using Xmind to try & map my learning in order to complement my blog posts.
My driving goal at the beginning of this learning journey was to become a better tester. I said when I started this blog I would define what ‘better’ actually means.
Continue reading “As a Tester, what value do I provide to my Customers?”
The RST course uses mnemonics to remember the key points to testing using heuristics. This post is about my 1st attempt at mindmapping a Heuristic Test Strategy
Last week I attended the 3 day Rapid Software Testing (RST) course run by Michael Bolton & James Bach.