Archive for May, 2011

Binary Disease Rikard Edgren 17 Comments

I have for a long time felt that something is wrong with the established software testing theories; on test design tutorials I only recognize a small part of the test design I live in. So it felt like a revelation when I read Gerd Gigerenzer’s Adaptive Thinking where he describes his tools-to-theories heuristic, which says […]

Working with the testing debt – part 1 Martin Jansson 2 Comments

Jerry Weinberg made an excellent comment on my previous article Turning the tide of bad testing [1] where he wanted more examples/experience on the tips. It is sometimes a bit too easy just to come up with a tip that lacks context or explains how you used the specific tip in a situation and where it […]

Flipability Heuristic Rikard Edgren 8 Comments

Credit cards are taking over the usage of notes and coins. This has benefits, but it is not possible to toss a coin with credit cards. Bob van de Burgt coined (!) the term flipability at EuroSTAR 2010 Michael Bolton tutorial, coin exercise. It is a lovely word, and can be used more generally to […]

Competitor Charisma Comparison Rikard Edgren Comments Off on Competitor Charisma Comparison

In many cases, it is worthwhile to take a look at how your competitors do similar things. Among competitors I include products you’re trying to beat, in-house solutions (e.g. handmade Excel sheets) and analogue solutions, solving the problem without computer products. Charisma is difficult to test, but competitor comparison is one way to go. You […]

Trilogy of a Skilled Eye Rikard Edgren No Comments

I have completed a trilogy on the theme The Eye of a Skilled Software Tester edition 1: Lightning Talk, Danish Alliance, EuroSTAR 2010 edition 2: Article, The Testing Planet, March 2011 – Issue 4 edition 3: Presentation, Scandinavian Developer Conference, april 2011 Some things have changed over time; in the first two I didn’t focus […]

Testers greatest nemesis Martin Jansson 19 Comments

Background When I first got in contact with software testers, I worked as PM and developer for a language tool. Our CEO had said that he had hired two testers, easily since you can just pick them from any street corner. Sadly they had no clue what to do and did not find any bugs, […]