notes and rants

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    The Programmer Tester

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    James Bach gave a talk at Microsoft yesterday. Among his many points, he reiterated a few points he’s been making for years that got me thinking…so I thought I’d continue the thinking in this blog post. James is concerned that Microsoft is hiring too...
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    The role of the SME and the SDET

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    Reader Ram asks: “… should an SDET be an SME in the application or be an SME in automation only or should be an SME is both application under test and automation tool? “ Full comment is here . A tester can do many things, but very few can do everything...
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    My Three Ts

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    Today was an interesting day. Having a dose of economic reality hit close to home can be just what you need to refocus and rethink things. All is well with my team, but the weirdness of the day made me think again about what I do and how I can bring the...
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    Good Times, Bad Times …

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    It looks like our little test excellence team may be growing by one person. This is fantastic news and will help us be of better service to testers everywhere. There is a bit of bad news to go with this. Without doing a bit of reorganization in our team...
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    Metrics at STAR Conference

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    I think I forgot to mention that I'll be speaking at STAR this spring. You'd think I'd be pimping hwtsam , but instead I'm speaking about something barely mentioned in the book at all - metrics . Software metrics are an old passion of mine - something...
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    My Box is Round

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    Metaphors are cars – I think. There are many metaphors in software, a lot of them are useful, but most break down eventually. In hwtsam (chapter 3 to be exact), I compare creating software with cooking. I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions that ...
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    Bugs, bugs, and books

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    Bugs in software are a lot like bugs in the home. Even though you know they're there, sometimes you just don't want to know. As a tester, of course, finding bugs is part of what we do. If I were to continue the analogy, I guess if an exterminator had...
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    Putting together HWTSAM

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    I’ve never written fiction before, but if I did, I imagine I’d start at chapter one and work straight through to the end. Something interesting about hwtsam , is that it was written out of order . This practice is common in movies and television, and...
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    My 2009 advice for programmers (on making - or keeping - testers happy)

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    A commenter on a previous post stated: As a programmer I don't like to see bugs (and I don't like the QA ranting about the qaulity of my work either). Could you post your "2009 advice to programmers" on how to make testers happy I’m always open...
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    My pragmatic thoughts for the New Year

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    All of sudden, it's a new year. I came to visit my parents in Eastern Washington a few days ago, and I'm still here waiting for the passes to clear up enough for me to get home. I don't feel much like working, but wanted to share a thought while I had...
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    Joe Strazzere on HWTSAM

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    Joe Strazzere read our book - his review is here . Thanks Joe for taking the time to read and comment.
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    What's in HWTSAM

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    One of the suggestions I received after this post was to share the table of contents so people could get an idea of what's inside the book. The "thud" you just heard was my hand hitting my head since this is so obvious I should have done it without any...
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    I Love Bugs

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    Like most testers, I love to see software bugs. I find a lot, of course, when I'm being paid to test, but sometimes they seem to follow me around. As you know, I've been watching the sales rank of hwtsam ever since it became available about a week ago...
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    Dammit Jim, I'm a tester, not a marketer

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    Over the last 7 days hwtsam appeared on amazon.com and other online sites, briefly surged in sales, then tapered off into where I expected yet-another-book-on-software-testing to go. The thing about this book is that it's not just another book on software...
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    Announcing HWTSAM.com

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    I know, I know...just what the world needs - another web site. Alas, I created http://www.hwtsam.com anyway as a companion web site to How We Test Software At Microsoft . At this point, the content only contains HWTSAM related blog posts cross-posted...
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    We’re number 1

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    HWTSAM has spent most of the day as the #1 selling book on software testing on Amazon.com . The other authors and I were excited to see this, but being a realist (as most testers are), an overall sales rank in the vicinity of 10k means that we probably...
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    My New Addiction

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    The Amazon sales rank has become my new obsession. I refresh the hwtsam book page at least a dozen times a day. I smile when the numbers go up, and groan when they go down – but when they go down, I keep watching to see if they go back up again. It’s...
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    The Pitch

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    I attended a project review meeting today – one of those where a project team presents a problem, how they’re going to solve it, and ends with some asks for support (either in buy-off, resource commitment, or both). In this particular case, it was for...
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    Waiting is hard

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    I would bet that all first time authors wait for the day when they their work is finally available – when they can actually see and hold the product they’ve been working on. My book was shipped to the printers a month ago, and I was told that it would...
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    TestApi - A library of Test APIs

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    This is just a quick plug for a new CodePlex project – TestApi TestApi is an experimental library of test and utility APIs that enables developers and testers to test WPF applications, Windows Forms applications, .NET Framework applications, and Win32...
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    Abusing Statistics and Metrics

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    I've been interested in Metrics for almost my entire testing career - and I think I've been abusing them for just about my entire career too. Picking the right metrics to help a team make product decisions is tough, and people often get it wrong. Some...
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    My yearly trip to Boston

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    I’m heading out Sunday for a quick trip to Boston (teaching a class at the Cambridge site). This is my 3rd trip to to the area, and I always seem to go about the same time of year (note – the first time I went I was actually in Beverly at the Groove facility...
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    In Print

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    When it rains it really does pour. If, for some strange reason you can't get enough of my writing, I have a flurry of print activity all happening at once. I have been published in the November/December issue of IEEE Transactions on Software . To be...
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    An Interview with me

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    Want to know more about me and my history in testing? Debasis Pradhan, author of the Software Testing Zone blog, just interviewed me here . I've followed Debasis for some time and was happy to be the first installment in his interview series.
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    Schools and Rules

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    I’ve tried to (mostly) stay out of the discussions on the schools of software testing, but after spending a long weekend thinking and reading about testing, I came to a conclusion that seemed appropriate for a blog post. A quick recap for those of you...
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