Archive for March, 2009

The Generalist vs. Specialist Paradox Henrik Emilsson 3 Comments

When working as a consultant you must live up to the paradox that: You should already be specialised and competent enough to get a contract i.e. best of all candidates for the job; but in order to stay alive in business you need to be as general as possible in order to meet the criteria […]

Automated random or fuzzy testing by random input Martin Jansson 2 Comments

Random testing or fuzzy testing is nothing new, but for those of you who are new to it I just wanted to share a little tool I found. If you want to know a bit more about fuzzy testing go read at or whatever place you like to find quick info at. Barton Miller […]

thoughts from the test eye changes blog software Rikard Edgren 2 Comments

New RSS: The Swedish software testing blog “thoughts from the test eye” changes blog software and will from now on run on WordPress. The old software didn’t have good enough RSS support, wasn’t appealing to the eye, and had some smaller usability issues that was becoming too annoying. The start page will still be […]

The dodgy test lead Henrik Emilsson 5 Comments

Not too long ago I had a test lead that I pretty soon recognised as someone that didn’t share my philosophy in software testing. One day I reported to him that I had run all regression tests that were assigned to me. All tests were executed on the same build (we had monthly iterations and […]

Testing Clichés Part I – Expected Results Rikard Edgren 3 Comments

Sometimes it is said that each test case must have an expected result, or even worse, that each step of a test case must have an expected result. This is the extreme of scripted testing that I dislike for two reasons: * It takes a lot of time to write and follow detailed test cases; […]

Testing in unknown territory Martin Jansson 4 Comments

A few years ago I switched company from a software company to a hardware focused company. I understood from start that this would be a difficult task in getting to learn the new technologies and platforms, but I did not see what this would do for testing. When you test software that you are totally […]

Project tool – Trac Martin Jansson No Comments

”Trac is an enhanced wiki and issue tracking system for software development projects. Trac uses a minimalistic approach to web-based software project management. Our mission is to help developers write great software while staying out of the way. Trac should impose as little as possible on a team’s established development process and policies.”, see […]

Recruiting testers is not an easy task Martin Jansson 3 Comments

From what I have seen there are few recruiters that know what testers and test leads do. Considering that we had a EuroSTAR focusing on defining the profession can be seen as that testing as a profession is quite new and can therefore be considered immature. Many recruiters look for a certain set of skills, […]

The hidden project stakeholders Henrik Emilsson 4 Comments

This was originally a response to Rikard’s post “Multi-Dimensional Software Testing”, but here I have developed my thoughts a bit. As I see it, there are more or less obvious stakeholders and stakeholders that might be more or less hidden. A “customer” might be such an obvious stakeholder. It might then just be a matter […]

The hero of the workplace – the indispensible worker Martin Jansson 7 Comments

The indispensible worker is the one who always saves the day by touching the program by giving some magic input in order for it to work. He will quickly get the work done and make the customer happy. Upper management will see him as the perfect employee, but many co-workers will think differently. In the […]