A valuable lesson for me today in heuristics vs rules & black swans…
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!)
Continue reading “Skype Coaching with Anne-Marie Charret – Critical Thinking”
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!
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.
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.
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.
The complete write can be found here. This post is focussed on what I took from the meetup & how I can learn from it.So my first attempt at a geek night is complete, but as for how it went I’m not sure I have an answer. 8 people showed up, so that’s a good start!The idea behind the night was the see one, do one, teach one concept – I’ve Learnt about exploratory testing, I’m trying to practice it & now its time to try & explain it to others!
>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.
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?”
I’ve had a go at setting up a GitHub account & now I’ve committed some of my code from the worked examples in Head First Java.
Continue reading “I’ve committed some code to GitHub!”
So, at the beginning of my journey I wanted to achieve 2 primary goals :
- ISTQB Advanced Test Analyst Certification
- SCJP Certification