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 [...]