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25th anniversery of my very first testing lesson Rikard Edgren No Comments

On November 2nd 1998 I did my first working day as a tester, 25 years ago.The first thing I tested was the Swedish version of Internet Explorer 4 Service Pack 2.We had detailed step-by-step instructions to follow, so it seemed straightforward.Long-time tester Anders Olsson helped me with my first tests, and on the second test […]

Regarding free sharing of material Rikard Edgren No Comments

There are lots of people that share material they have created, and make them publically available for anyone. There are lots of people that share material they have created, and make them publically available for anyone.Everything is of course not good, but a lot is, and this helps our community to grow, people can build […]

If testing is easy, you’re doing something wrong Rikard Edgren No Comments

At EuroSTAR 2019 I was co-speaking with Henrik Emilsson on a half-day tutorial on using quality characteristics.My favorite parts of these intense events are the questions when you don’t know what will happen.In one of these I ended my answer with “if testing is easy, you’re doing something wrong”.I remember how happy I was with […]

Scripting Your Test Data Rikard Edgren 3 Comments

Sometimes I wonder if testers know how easy it is to script your own variations of test data. I prefer Ruby, and you can download this example that I will tell you about. I was testing healthcare data and wanted to see what the performance was for larger quantities of data. We had a mock […]

Five Tricky Things With Testing Rikard Edgren 5 Comments

I went to SAST Väst Gothenburg today to hold a presentation that can be translated to something like “Five Tricky Things With Testing”. It was a very nice day, and I met old and new friends. Plus an opportunity to write the first blog post in a long time, so here is a very condensed […]

Serendipity Questions Rikard Edgren No Comments

This Tuesday I held a EuroSTAR webinar: Good Testers are Often Lucky – using serendipity in software testing (about how to increase the chances of finding valuable things we weren’t looking for) Slide notes and recording are available. I got many good questions, and wanted to answer a few of them here: How can we […]

New, new perspectives (EuroSTAR 2015 Lightning Talk) Rikard Edgren No Comments

I believe one of the most important traits of testers is that we bring new perspectives, new ideas about what is relevant. I probably believe this from my experiences from the first development team I joined, so I will tell you about the future by telling an old story. This was in Gothenburg, 15 years […]

Test Strategy Checklist Rikard Edgren 9 Comments

In Den Lilla Svarta om Teststrategi, I included a checklist for test strategy content. It can be used in order to get inspired about what might be included in a test strategy (regardless if it is in your head, in a document, or said in a conversation.) I use it in two ways: To double-check […]

Not on Twitter Rikard Edgren No Comments

I don’t have a Twitter account. I read Twitter now and then, it contains useful information, but I don’t have the time to do it properly. For me, doing it properly would mean to often write thoughtworthy things within 140 characters. I only have one of those, so better publishing it in a blog post: […]

Lots of test strategy Rikard Edgren No Comments

I have been doing lots on test strategy the last year. Some talks, a EuroSTAR tutorial, blog entries, a small book in Swedish, teaching at higher vocational studies, and of course test strategies in real projects. The definition I use is more concrete than many others. I want a strategy for a project, not for […]