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    the future of software testing (part 5)

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    Visualization What does software look like? Wouldn’t it be helpful if we had a visualization of software that we could use while the software was being constructed or tested? With a single glance we could see that parts of it remain unfinished. Dependencies...
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    on certification

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    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...
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    the future of software testing (part 4)

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    Moving Testing Forward There is a gap that exists in testing that is eating away at quality, productivity, and the general manageability of the entire development lifecycle. It is the gap between when a bug is created and when that same bug is detected...
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    the manual v. automated testing debate

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    There's an angle to this debate that I missed during the prevention v. cure series I did last month. It surfaced in a lunchtime conversation I had today with two test managers in our e-home division (these are the guys that test the Media Center PC and...
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    the future of software testing (part 3)

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    So we are now at my third prediction which deals with information and how testers will use information to improve their testing in the future. Prediction 1: Testsourcing Prediction 2: Virtualization Prediction 3: Information What information...
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    the future of software testing (part 2)

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    In order for testsourcing to take hold of the future of testing, two key technological barriers must be broken: the reusability of test artifacts and the accessibility of user environments. Let me explain: Reusability : The reusability of software...
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    the future of software testing (part 1)

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    This is the first post of a multipart series on my predictions about the future of software testing and how testers of the future will do their job. Outsourcing. It’s a familiar term and the way a lot of testing gets done here in 2008. However, it...
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    prevention v. cure (part 5)

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    Ok, we're getting to the end of this thread and probably the part that most of you have asked about: exploratory testing, particularly how it is practiced at Microsoft. We define four types of exploratory testing. This isn’t meant as a taxonomy, it...
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    “if Microsoft is so good at testing, why does your software suck?”

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    What a question! I only wish I could convey the way that question is normally asked. The tone of voice is either partially apologetic (because many people remember that I was a major ask-er of that same question long before I became an ask-ee) or it’s...
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    prevention v. cure (part 4)

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    Manual testing is human-present testing. A human tester using their brain, their fingers and their wit to create the scenarios that will cause software either to fail or to fulfill its mission. Manual testing often occurs after all the other types of...
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    back to testing

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    Since starting this blog a couple weeks ago, I’ve received more comments via email than have been posted on the blog. Many more. It reminds me of when I was a professor and ended every class with “anyone have a question?” Silence almost always followed...
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    prevention v. cure (part 3)

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    Now that the testers are once again gainfully employed, what shall we do with them? Do we point them toward writing test automation or ask them to do manual testing? First, let’s tackle the pros and cons of test automation. Automated testing carries...
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    the poetry of testing

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    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...
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    the european test community

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    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...
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    prevention v. cure (part 2)

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    Ok, re-hire the testers. Perhaps you’ve noticed but the whole prevention thing isn’t working so well. Failures in software are running rampant. Before I talk about where we should invest our resources to reverse this trend, I want to talk about why...
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    prevention v. cure (part 1)

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    Developer testing, which I call prevention because the more bugs devs find the fewer I have to deal with is often compared to tester testing ( J ) which I call detection . Detection is much like a cure, the patient has gotten sick and we need to diagnose...
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    users and johns

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    Does anyone out there know who was the origin of the insight that the software industry and the illegal drug trade both call their customers users ? Brian Marick was the person I stole it from but as far as I know he doesn’t claim it. Anyway, it’s...
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    measuring testers

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    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...
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    PEST

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    Anyone who has read chapter 6 of How to Break Software knows my fondness of mixing testing with pubs. Many of the training and challenge events I designed for my students actually took place in a pub. Somehow the pub atmosphere tore down walls and inhibitions...
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    before we begin

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    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...
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