‘Skills’ Archive

Scenario Testing, Karlstad 2012 Rikard Edgren No Comments

I have been doing and teaching quite a lot of scenario testing lately. I have been surprised by the ease and speed, and ability to find important problems, (also giving an embryo to a compelling bug report.) Maybe it can be useful for you as well, probably as a complementary technique, or as a powerful […]

Open Source Testing – RedNotebook Rikard Edgren 3 Comments

In Julian Harty’s keynote Open Sourcing Testing at Let’s Test conference, RedNotebook (together with Sikuli and CiviCRM) was suggested as an open source project where ambitious testers could collaborate and share their testing efforts and results. I have done a small start by contacting the RedNotebook team (they are interested in bugs and enhancements, especially in the […]

Let’s TestLab concepts Martin Jansson 1 Comment

On 7-9 May the Let’s Test Conference will take place. During the day there will be lots of interesting tutorials, keynotes and sessions. During the evening the events will continue. One of these activities is the Testlab, that we call Let’s TestLab. Initially I misunderstood Henrik Emilsson when we started to organise the lab. I […]

Are you a Thought Lead or a Thought Peer? Henrik Andersson 13 Comments

Many of us has a title that is connected to what we do at work. Every now and then I come across titles that makes me wonder what it really means. This time it is one that has been around for some time now: Thought Lead, what does this mean? I would not be suprised […]

Lateral Tester Exercise III – Something Completely Different Rikard Edgren 2 Comments

You can learn a lot by testing something very different from your normal job. I’d love to professionally test a suggested law, or a chainsaw. For now, I give you an opportunity to test a bread recipe, in English or Swedish. FAVORITE SOURDOUGH BREAD FAVORITBRÖDET It should be possible to bake from it if you […]

Lightweight Performance Testing Rikard Edgren 3 Comments

If performance is crucial for product success, you probably need pretty advanced tools to measure various aspects of your product, to find all bottlenecks and time thiefs. For all other software, performance is just very important, and you might get by with lightweight test methods. You may, or may not have quantified performance requirements, but […]

Many Models – Better Test Ideas Rikard Edgren 2 Comments

Henrik Emilsson has convinced me that skilled software testing is based on invisible mental models that help us see what can be tested. If we can make these visible, we can sharpen our skills, and also teach testing more effectively. Here follows a simple example I used in class, that shows that by switching between […]

Status Reporting Questions Rikard Edgren 2 Comments

Status reporting of testing activities is extremely project-dependent. The needs of when and how and what will differ every time. Maybe that’s why there’s so little good writing about status communication; you have to make it up every time. Templates are out of the question, and I believe examples will mislead you as well. You’re […]

Common Sense Partitioning Rikard Edgren 9 Comments

– I saw you tested “42”. How come you didn’t try “43”? – That’s obvious. It would be the same. No need to test something that would give the same result. – OK, so I guess you are familiar with equivalence partitioning? – Beg your pardon? It is quite often said that testers don’t know […]

Software Testing Storytelling Rikard Edgren 1 Comment

Storytelling has been rising for quite some years and it will soon boom for software testing. The reason is simple: people like stories. And if it is used as status reporting instead of lame numbers, it is a step in the right direction, to say the least. But when testing this idea theoretically, I find […]