Self Learning – How do you eat yours?

In the past 5-6 years I feel I've really stepped up my game with self learning. I began to understand that to advance in my career, I need to take action on my own and learn new things to advance myself. I find this easy to do, purely because of the fact that I love what [...]

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Declarative or Imperative? How do you write your feature file scenarios?

BDD is something that I find more and more companies attempting to utilise these days. So with everyone dabbling in writing feature files, I wanted to blog about the differences between Declarative and Imperative writing styles when it comes to writing your scenarios. Whats the difference? This is sometimes difficult to explain, but I usually like [...]

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 [...]