Information, and its relationship with testing and checking

UPDATE: Thanks to John Stevenson for his feedback of the model, I've updated the model appropriately to represent the fact that checking activities also inform our testing, (as John described in the comments below). Also, thanks again to everyone else who has reviewed and fed back on the model too.  One of the biggest problems [...]

New to software testing? Want to learn more about your craft? Come and join us at the Software Testing Clinic!!

What is the Software Testing Clinic? Starting out in testing can be confusing. There are a lot of conflicting views towards what testing is and there are so many different training events around. Do you learn how to code and write automation, do you learn about Agile, should you be writing test scripts, and what [...]

How I interview Testers…

I've been conducting a lot of interviews recently and I thought I'd share my format for asking questions and stemming conversations that works well for me to be able to determine if the candidate is the right person for the job when it comes to skills, experience, mindset and remaining relevant in the industry. Here is the format [...]

Tales from TestBash NY

TestBash is one of the best context driven testing conferences ever. And although I've always wanted to speak at TestBash in Brighton, my talk submissions have never really fitted the theme... Until TestBash NY!! I was extremely lucky and honored to be speaking at TestBash NY, doing a talk on "How to succeed with difficult [...]

“Start off with a turd and then polish it” – Really??!!?!

One of the most interesting discussions in the Agile community at the moment is about "MVP". I recently had a conversation with various community members and I heard someone say that MVP should be thought os as "starting off with a turd and then polish it"... It was another one of those times where I felt like I [...]

Experiences of LTG Workshops 2015

The "LTG Workshops" conference is a two-day, two-track conference consisting of eight 4 hour workshops over the two days. I had the privilege of running a workshop on the first day, about "Visual Creativity" with Christina Ohanian. We spoke about Sketch Noting and Mind Mapping, and how they are extremely useful things to incorporate into your requirement gathering [...]

Let’s Test Day 1… What a day!

Wow. It's 5am and I've just got back in from socialising with Michael Bolton, Lars Sjodahl and Philip Quinn (a fellow Glaswegian) where I left them after the past hour of telling some classic jokes and Michael playing his mandolin (and me and Philip getting into the full swing of things being reminded of back home). Today [...]

A Real(ly Questionable) ISTQB Question…

So... Another blog post stemmed from the depths of the LinkedIn forums. This time someone was asking for advice about answering an ISTQB exam question. The question is as follows (with this exact wording): If you are flying with an economy ticket, there is a possibility that you may get upgraded to business class, especially if [...]