Dispelling the misconceptions #6 – “Let it fail! As long as we fail fast!”

There has been lots of discussions about "failing fast" and how it's really good and we should all be aiming for this, but I think this is stemming a massive misconception... But I'm going to try to keep this post quite short. If we fail, then yes, I think failing fast is a pretty good idea. It [...]

Dispelling the misconceptions #5 – “Lets 100% automate everything and get rid of all our testers”

I hear this all the time. Even from very senior people. The latest one was from a development manager, asking why we "still need to have testers testing the software, since we are aiming for 100% automating for everything"... Firstly, the truth is very simple: YOU CAN ONLY AUTOMATE WHAT YOU KNOW AND EXPECT. When we [...]

“The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer” – Peter F. Drucker

Today, I read an interesting quote today from one of Bob Marshall's blog posts that really got my brain cogs working... “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.”                                                     [...]

Dispelling the misconceptions #4 – “Quality Assurance”… You cant assure quality!

You can't assure quality... In fact, I'd even go as far as to say that testing itself doesn't actually improve quality, let alone assure it. Testing provides information which allows for the improvement of quality only if acted upon by the stakeholders, and then worked on by developers, but testers themselves don't actually do the [...]

Dispelling the misconceptions #1 – Testers are not gatekeepers!!

I keep hearing people say that testers are "gatekeepers". Just as much from testers as other project members. For example, last week, I heard a tester say that he was a "gatekeeper of the product release". <facepalm>"Doh!!"</facepalm> The truth is that testing is investigating and questioning the product and its requirements, so that information about [...]

Join my EuroSTAR webinar today at 2:00pm (BST) – “Influence: Why tea can be a great test tool”

I'm performing a webinar this afternoon at 2:00pm BST (sorry for the late notice).There is still time to sign up and join the webinar though.The webinar is titled: "Influence: Why tea can be a great test tool". I'll run through my theory surrounding this statement as well as discussing various influence techniques.You can register for [...]

FAILURE CAN HELP US!!

I've noticed recently that so many people have such a huge fear of failure... There appears to be such angst if people get something wrong, make a mistake, or misunderstand something, that for some reason the repercussions will be horrendous! I would suggest that failure can actually help us! The truth is that failure gives us the humongous opportunity to learn so much from our mistakes. [...]

Lessons Learned from Agile Testing Days (Day 1)!

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be able to attend Agile Testing Days, which was held in Potsdam, Germany. My employers bought 2 tickets to the event and put them up for a competition to the test team and I managed to obtain one along with my colleague Paul Coletti.Although we didn't have tickets [...]