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 [...]

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 #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 [...]

TITP EPISODE 10 – AN INTERVIEW WITH TONY BRUCE

The next episode of Testing In The Pub has been released. This time we hit the beer garden over on the canal at Little Venice, near Paddington. In this episode we interviewed the one and only Tony Bruce. Tony is the organiser of the monthly London Tester Gathering meet-up group as well as the Black [...]

Dispelling the misconceptions #2 – “Testing as an activity” does not mean that anyone can test.

So there have been a few people blethering recently about Testing as an Activity. I've been discussing this subject recently with Steve (Janaway), as he has been talking about it on his blog and at conferences: see here, and here.I agree that testing is an activity, in the same way that coding is an activity. [...]

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 [...]

Testing In The Pub Episode 8 – “Security Testing” with Dan Billing

It's been a few weeks, but the latest Testing In The Pub pod cast is now here. In this episode, me and Steve interview Dan Billing. We talk in some great detail about security testing - what it is, who should do it, why its important, etc... This episode is the first of a two [...]