“Start off with a turd and then polish it” – Really??!!?!

One of the most interesting discussions in the Agile community at the moment is about "MVP". I recently had a conversation with various community members and I heard someone say that MVP should be thought os as "starting off with a turd and then polish it"... It was another one of those times where I felt like I [...]

A Real(ly Questionable) ISTQB Question…

So... Another blog post stemmed from the depths of the LinkedIn forums. This time someone was asking for advice about answering an ISTQB exam question. The question is as follows (with this exact wording): If you are flying with an economy ticket, there is a possibility that you may get upgraded to business class, especially if [...]

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 #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. [...]