‘Skills’ Archive

Kahneman and Test Strategy Bias Rikard Edgren 4 Comments

Our minds are fantastic, but can be biased and make dubious decisions. As I read Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, I thought about test strategy and found some interesting stuff, based on mistakes I have seen, and done. Answering An Easier Question “How could we possibly test everything important?” is a very difficult question. It […]

Robin Hood Test Courses Martin Jansson No Comments

Introduction James Bach has written about Sweden and its testers like this: “In my world, ‘Swedish tester’ is becoming a stock phrase, like ‘French chef’ or ‘Swiss banker’ or ‘Antarean starship captain’ (You want your hyperdrive fixed right? Go see an Antarean). I’m not entirely sure why this is, but part of it is their […]

Reflection from Let’s Testlab 2013 Martin Jansson 1 Comment

Planning a test lab takes a lot more time than you think. You prepare a lot of things and try to make the event great. Here are a few things that I considered … What applications/systems to test? how many would be enough? what type of system? how big or complex? are they fun to […]

(Lateral) Tester Exercise IV – Quality Characteristics Rikard Edgren No Comments

* Take any product, or a part of it. * Choose one category of the quality characteristics. * Go through each sub-category and consider if it is relevant. * For these, write a quality objective anchored in the product, that is useful to many roles. * Design and execute tests that challenge these objectives. * […]

How I Write Conference Abstracts Rikard Edgren No Comments

I guess some of you are writing, or thinking about writing, abstracts for EuroSTAR 2013, deadline is at 13 February. You should do this, not just because Alan said so. You should do it because you want to tell stories, enhance your own understanding of something that is important to you. This is my process […]

Pass to Fail, Fail to Pass Heuristic Rikard Edgren 2 Comments

When teaching scripted testing (yes, I actually do this!) I found the Pass to Fail, Fail to Pass heuristic (used by many, but now with a catchy name.) The essence is that when a not-overly-simple test has resulted in a Pass, think about it some more, and try to make it Fail instead. When a […]

Experience report EuroSTAR Testlab 2012 Martin Jansson 1 Comment

Setup Bart Knaack had done a wonderful job in setting up and organizing the testlab. He had done this by himself. So most credit to him for taking on most of the initial work and planning. Me, Ru Cindrea and Kristoffer Ankarberg focused on keeping the lab up and running as well as taking care […]

Another certification, another scam? Martin Jansson 17 Comments

In a recent blog post [1] on Informator-blog, Magnus C Ohlson articulates the idea of pilots having the flight hours but not the actual flight certificate. He insinuates that the artifacts from requirements and testing would be better if people were certified, if I understand him correctly. Furthermore he explains that testers need education, knowledge […]

I am an Exploratory Tester Rikard Edgren 5 Comments

I am curious about how the system works I look at details and the whole, and at many places I use many sources to learn what is important I am creative and see many testing possibilities I test in many different ways, and adjust to the situation I am good at finding important problems fast […]

Lightweight Charisma Testing Rikard Edgren No Comments

One heavyweight way of testing charisma is to use dozens of potential users on dozens of alternative product solutions/prototypes. For lightweight charisma testing, it is often fast and fruitful with an awareness of charisma violations. This method requires an understanding of the unique charisma for your product. Testers probably won’t be in charge of developing […]

 

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