For the third and final post in this series of three reflecting on my personal takeaways from this year’s TestBash Manchester I knew I wanted to focus on Lisi Hocke’s closing talk “A Code Challenge of Confidence” – well, ‘talk’ may be a bit weak given the actual demonstration of her topic live in the session! – but I found there were complimentary threads in what Lisi talked about which chimed with several other talks as well.
Interesting webinar this lunchtime from Mike Jarred, courtesy of Jennifer Wheeler at TestingProfessionals.com. Below are my notes from the session, entirely paraphrased. Hope there’s something of interest for you there! Why talk about the value of Testing? Different business sizes and industry verticals all seem to undervalue testing. There’s strategy to represent this value – […]
“In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” William Faulkner Testing is often thought of as a “how long is a piece of string” activity. Whilst there’s no clear definition of just how many tests per point, and no ratio of coding:testing which makes any amount of sense (this is always contextual anyway), a common rule of thumb […]
QA is a much-maligned acronym which is routinely shorthand for “Quality Assurance” (whatever the hell that actually means – you don’t assure quality by discovering and sharing information about the software), it’s variously “nicked” to stand for Quality Analysis, Question Asking, Quality Activism… but the one which I think is the neatest translation of these […]
This evening I attended an AMA (hosted by Ministry of Testing) by Lisa Crispin, one of my testing heroes and probably the first “named tester” I was ever aware of. It covered a topic close to my heart as an advocacy-focused “Team Glue” tester: Whole-Team Testing. It was a real honour to have a question […]
As testers, we’re used to performing most of our jobs in an isolated bubble where the worst that can happen is, often, getting blocked by a bug. We test code, sometimes in multiple environments (just to be really sure) and then we push up to production. Once the code is there, we may do some […]
Through understanding our thought processes and those of people around us, we can become better testers. We can achieve more, get our way more often, and make fewer unreasonable mistakes. Whilst we recognise the potential “dark side” of these abilities, let’s remember we are using them to achieve a positive result for our organisations and […]
Four TestBashes in, I feel like I’ve finally cracked it. Here’s my tips for enjoying your TestBash experience YOUR way!
I mentioned in my first post here this year that I was just back from TestBash Manchester 2017, where I’d surprised myself by giving a lightning talk to several hundred testers. Lightning talks are unscheduled and involve signing up on the day, queuing for your turn on stage and then, if you’re anything like me… […]
Fourth in a series of thinkings, learnings and ramblings on this year’s Testbash Manchester So I’ve had a couple of days to process this year’s event, and I’m still chewing through some of the major themes of Testbash. There was a lot more on the psychological side than people might expect from a testing conference, […]