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  • Blog Post: A Medley Of Tools

    [To the tunes of various winter holiday carols] Here I go a-wandering among ideas so bright Here I go a-wandering to keep from clamping tight Down on i-dea the first Which I often find is worst So hoo-ray for that nifty tool The Rule Of Three Yes hooray for that nifty Rule Of Three Take heed ye...
  • Blog Post: Rhymeless References

    If you want to learn more about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, personality types, neuro-linguistic programming, and representational systems, I suggest you start with the following. (Full disclosure: I have no affiliation with any of these websites, companies, and authors.) Personality Types ...
  • Blog Post: Finally! The Finish!

    So that is MBTI, and that is NLP. Which still leaves the puzzling, mysterious A&P. I know some about "A" and much less about "P"; Your doctor knows much more, that I guarantee! "A" is for "anatomy", where you learn to see How to tell your elbow from your hand and knee. "P" describes your insides...
  • Blog Post: Trio Of Tastes

    Visual people learn with their eyes. They peek and they look and their world clarifies. "I see what you're saying!" they exclaim with a cry; Use picture words back else you'll be in disguise. Auditory people learn with their ears; Tho some choose to read rather than hear. "Sounds good to me" lets...
  • Blog Post: New Lingo Please!

    NLP is a science (tho some say it's not) Which claims to explain how people come to a thought. Neuro Linguistic Programming can help you avoid being caught In the communication perils with which life is fraught. This science holds that people think, say, and learn In characteristic ways, and that...
  • Blog Post: Timely Play

    "J" is for "Judging", though not the critical kind. It simply describes the way we unwind. Or don't, for we often put our play far behind Our work which we want to be completed on time. "P" stands for "Perceiving"; however I call it "Play"! For us Ps care for naught but having fun all the day. "Structure...
  • Blog Post: Feeling Logical

    "T" is for "Thinking", so called because we Decide with our brains, not our feelings. We use our logic to decide and to see Exactly how we want our world to be. "F", on the other hand, logic deplores At least when it means pushing people down to the floor. While "Feeler"s do use logic, it leaves them...
  • Blog Post: Concretely Abstract

    "N" means "iNtuitive", and people like us Think in abstractions, big pictures we suss. Ideas and theories are where our minds thrust; Ask us for details and our minds go bust. "S" is the other side, and this I have too; We "Senser"s sense everything; we live in a zoo Of details and feelings and smellings...
  • Blog Post: Intro, Extra, Energy

    "I" stands for "Introvert". We need time alone; Invite us to parties and we respond with a groan. All of that talking! Soon our energy is spent And back home we flee to recharge in our tent. "E" is our counterpart, "Extravert"s they Count everyone as best friend and love to say "Hey!" Talking and...
  • Blog Post: The Gang Of Four

    They developed four axes, with two letters each; One on the left side, quite out of reach To those on the right side, far across the breach Of personality conflicts which cause many to screech. The first set describe how you get energy; Whether you like people, or they cause you to flee. The second...
  • Blog Post: Myers And Briggs And Their Guinea Pig

    Some years ago a lady named Briggs, Her daughter Myers, and their guinea pig Into personalities started to dig And found explanations they believed were quite big. They wrote up their findings and collapsed them into A Type Indicator instrument meant to let you Determine your type preference and those...
  • Blog Post: Types And Styles And Body Parts, Oh My

    MBTI describes how I interact with the world. NLP explains why I write and do not make murals. A & P claims to know why I am a boy not a girl. And... What's that? I've set your brain a-whirl? How to decipher this alphabet soup? How to apply it to you and your group? How to do this yet not make...
  • Blog Post: One Fish, Two Fish, Sensing Fish, Intuitive Fish

    The more I learn about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the more I understand about how my brain works and why I do the things I do. The more I apply MBTI and NLP to other people, the more effective my interactions with those other people become. Of all the...
  • Blog Post: The Braidy Tester Went To PSL And All I Got Was This Lousy Song

    [To the tune of The Beatles' Octopus' Garden] I wish that I could be A tester who sees Bugs before they happen Yes I do I'd point them out With joy my dev would shout Because over that one He wouldn't stew My PM would say "Away you must not stray Because we need you here Yes we do" To his office...
  • Blog Post: I Want A BVT Blocking Bug For The Holidays

    [To John Rox's "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas", which has long been my favorite holiday song, and not only because it is accompanied by solo bassoon!] I want a BVT blocking bug for the holidays* A BVT blocking bug I'm asking for Don't want no UI bug, no meas-l-y P4 I want a bug that crashes...
  • Blog Post: A Tester's Rejoinder

    [To the tune of Van Halen's Finish What Ya Started] Come on Barry finish what ya started Into your office all these bugs I've carted Now fire up your IDE There's quite a lot I agree You wanted bugs, now you've got them Now fire up your big brain stem The repro steps are crisp and clear Please get...
  • Blog Post: A Developer's Demands

    [To the tune of Wang Chung's Let's Go] This is my application It is perfect in every way All that is left is for you to sign off So I'll leave you to your work And I'll go home to sleep It won't take you long, my code is so boff I wish you’d stop what you’re doing And work on my code Yes please...
  • Blog Post: The Test Laboratory

    [To the tune of Barry Manilow's "Copacabana"] His name is Bobby, he is a tester He finds bugs that crash his app and interrupt his devs' naps He knocks on their doors, and they see his grin They ask him what he found and into their office he does bound He moves the mouse, he taps the...
  • Blog Post: There's A Bug

    [To the tune of “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”] Well the code my dev checked in is frightful, And the bugs he checked in are delightful. I hear we’re going to ship today, That’s why he did this all yesterday. The bug database is overflowing. With pride you can see I am glowing. Not a thing...
  • Blog Post: My Test

    [To the tune of Elton John's "Your Song"] It's a little bit funny, this feeling inside Not knowing whether I am deaf or I am blind I programmed this thing to extend my senses Now all I can tell is I'm not eating blintzes If I was a PM, but then again, no Or a tester who is so good at making programs...
  • Blog Post: Tester Dragon

    Rather than spending hours crafting a post this week, I decided to spend hours crafting a cartoon (click to see it bigger): Other captions which didn't make the cut: "So you're the new tester, are you?" Jim's "Most Bugs In A Single Checkin" award was delivered by a representative from...
  • Blog Post: Super Dev

    [With apologies to Rick James...] She's quite the super dev The kind who tests and tests and tests now She will always give you good builds And she loves when you find bugs she writes She likes the testers on the team She says that I'm her all-time favorite When I show up in her door and grin she...
  • Blog Post: Software Wonderland

    [To the tune of "Here Comes Santa Claus"] Here comes a developer, here comes a developer, Right down software lane. Slinging code and flinging bugs, Oh my they are so vain! They think that once their code compiles It must be all right; Bugs don't matter if people buy it, And the chances of complaints...
  • Blog Post: The Book Of Bugs

    [With apologies to the Monotones...] I wonder, wonder who, who-oo-ooh WHO Who wrote the Book Of Bugs? Tell me, tell me, tell me Oh, who wrote the Book Of Bugs? I've got to know the answer; Musta been someone who loved to debug. Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, WHO Who wrote the Book Of...
  • Blog Post: I Can't Test This

    (with apologies to MC Hammer; various parts of chori blatantly plaigarized from Weird Al Yankovic) I can't test this. I can't test this. I can't test this. I can't test this. My my my my application crashes so hard Makes my left flank want to guard. What is this garbage here? I think my developer...
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