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  • Blog Post: tour of the month: the exit-stage-right tour

    All tours much eventually come to an end and thus it is with my tour with Microsoft. I have resigned my position and am leaving the company. It was a great ride. But the tours will continue. My book Exploratory Software Testing: Tips, Tricks, Tours and Techniques to Guide Manual Testers is in press...
  • Blog Post: testing sucks

    Bet that got your attention. It's true, but let me qualify it: Running test cases over and over in the hope that bugs will manifest sucks. It’s boring, uncreative work and since half the world thinks that is all testing is about, it is no great wonder few people covet testing positions. Testing is either...
  • Blog Post: live webinar next week

    I am doing another webinar on March 31 which will be hosted by uTest. This is the second webinar I have done for them and I quite enjoyed the first. I have a lot of new material that I have created (and am still creating) for this one which I've called "5 Insights to Revolutionize Your QA." The link...
  • Blog Post: links you've been asking for

    I’ve gotten enough requests for links to my interviews, lectures and pointless videos that I am finally tired of responding individually. Here are a few recent ones I have been pointing people to: A video interview on Channel 9 about software testing A video interview on Channel 9 about Visual...
  • Blog Post: getting away from it all

    When you’re on vacation do you think about work? Not thoughts of dread, worry or angst but reflection, planning and problem solving. I just did. Last Sunday I awoke in Seattle to freezing temps and a dusting of snow. By midday I was building a sandcastle on Ka’anapali Beach, Maui in 79 degree sunshine...
  • Blog Post: new year's resolutions

    Welcome to the new year! 2009 will be the year I publish a new book on testing and the year I ship my first testing tool since Holodeck oh so many years ago. I’m thinking about calling the book exploratory testing . Believe it or not the title isn’t taken. Any thoughts on that title? Am I too cheeky...
  • Blog Post: poor promotion prospects for testers? (dirty MS laundry)

    As a result of my last post, I got this email from a Microsoft tester whom I work with fairly regularly and admire deeply: "Yet how many Partner or Distinguished Engineer ICs in test do you see? How many testers get onto bench programs vs dev/pm? Throughout my career at microsoft I've...
  • Blog Post: keeping testers in test

    I did a webinar for UTest.com today and got some great questions. One question seemed to really resonate: how do you keep good testers from moving to development. I hear this question a lot. Many engineers see test as a training ground for development. A testing job is just a foot in the door for...
  • Blog Post: software tester wanted

    Position requires comparing an insanely complicated, poorly documented product to a nonexistent or woefully incomplete specification. Help from original developers will be minimal and given grudgingly. Product will be used in environments that vary widely with multiple users, multiple platforms, multiple...
  • Blog Post: no more testers?

    I gave a keynote at EuroSTAR on the future of software testing where I began by painting a picture of the promise of software as an indispensible tool that will play a critical role in solving some of humankind’s most vexing problems. Software, I argued, provides the magic necessary to help scientists...
  • Blog Post: speaking of Google ...

    Actually, it is more like speaking at Google as I am headed to GTAC tomorrow to give the newest version of my Future of Testing talk. Hope to see you there. I’ve received tons of feedback on my blog posts about the future. So much so that I spent most of this past weekend integrating (or stealing...
  • Blog Post: the empire at star west

    If you only attend one conference on testing, I recommend STAR (East or West). It remains the biggest conference and trade show in the industry and all the best speakers are on their keynote circuit. Unfortunately, I am going to miss next week’s event in California. Fortunately, the empire will be well...
  • Blog Post: on certification

    How do you feel about tester certification? I’ve heard all the arguments for and against and looked at the different certifications and their requirements. Frankly, I have not been impressed. My employer doesn’t seem impressed either. I have yet to meet a single tester at Microsoft who is certified....
  • Blog Post: the poetry of testing

    God Save the Queen! (A curious statement … from my American point of view. But given what history has recorded of certain of England’s Kings I’ll grant the gender bias. Anyway, Save Her all the same as she presides over a country of such glorious breweries!) If you haven’t guessed it already, I’m...
  • Blog Post: the european test community

    I had the extreme privilege to speak to a crowd of test practitioners based in the UK last week. The event was hosted by Transition Consulting (TCL) and boasted some of the UK’s top consumers of testing services. A list of those companies is posted here but you’ll have to scroll down a bit because Stewart...
  • Blog Post: measuring testers

    Yeah, I know … scary subject. But as it is review time here at the empire, this is a subject that has been front and center for both testers and the managers they report to so I’ve been asked about it a lot. I always give the same advice to test managers, but I’ve done so with much trepidation. However...
  • Blog Post: before we begin

    Ok here it is. I submit. I’ve been bugged about blogging for years. “Where’s JW’s blog?” “Why doesn’t JW blog?” …and so forth and et cetera. Well, the blog is here and why I haven’t been blogging up to now is no longer relevant so I won’t bore you with it. Instead, here’s the blog and I’ll do my best...
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