Not bought your ATD2014 conference ticket yet? Want 15% off?

If you are looking to attend this years Agile Testing Days 2014 conference this November (11th-13th), but haven't bought your ticket yet, then you are in luck!!    Get in touch ASAP for a 15% off Speaker's discount code!(This code is combinable with another discount code too). 

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 [...]

Testing In The Pub Episode 7 – “The Schools of Testing”

A new TITP podcast has just been published over on testinginthepub.co.uk. This time, Steve and I talk a bit about the different schools of software testing and about the value and potential of each different testing school/community. We discuss the contrasts and attitudes for each school to each other, and describe our own feelings and [...]

I’m speaking at Agile Testing Days 2014!

And so it's been official for a few days now. I have been accepted to speak at this years Agile Testing Days conference later in November in Potsdam, Berlin. I attended last year and it was such a great conference with lots of amazing people from all over the world. You can read about the [...]

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 3)!

By the time the third day came, I was already feeling the haze of "information overload" and had been up late on the previous night socializing with some great testers, such as Daniel Maslyn, Sami Söderblom, Tom Mantsch,  Jose Lima, Adam Knight, Chris George, Pete Walen, Huib Schoots, Tony Bruce, Gus Evangelisti and many more [...]

Lessons Learned from Agile Testing Days (Day 2)!

Day 2 started in a bit of a blur, as I was trying to still digest the waft of information that I had gained from day 1... Nonetheless, the second day offered just as much fun, information, knowledge, ideas and socializing as the first day! Here's a summary of day 2: Keynote: “Live it – [...]

Lessons from the Black Ops Testing LTG Workshop!

A few weeks ago I attended the very first London Tester Gathering Workshops sessions - a 2 day event hosted by Tony Bruce in partnership with Skills Matter, along with some more of the leading testers in our industry. Initially, I didn't know what to expect of the workshops... I thought that it might be like the usual conference structure, [...]

“An agile team composed entirely of coders is just fine and dandy!”…. Really??

I regularly have some great conversations with other testers and developers that I socialize with, and a few nights ago I met a developer and got absorbed in a conversation with him about agile... Let me tell you how the conversation went. In the beginning, I found myself in agreement with the majority of his [...]