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    Please Pardon The Mess...

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    Thanks to pokes from Sherman and Anutthara I've added categories to all my posts. Unfortunately this involves republishing them, so y'all's newsreaders are in for rather a bit of work I'm afraid; sorry about that!
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    Testing For Developers Illustrated

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    I have received numerous requests for examples of how to use my Testing For Developers checklist. So here y'all go! First off, and I know I didn't put this on the checklist, but peruse your way through James Whittaker's How To Break Software . This...
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    Lunging Madness

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    The human body is an amazing thing. If you do something bunches of times in a row it gets fatigued and starts to fail. But if you persist long enough it eventually adusts and can continue for a very long time. Case in point: I did lunges for forty-five...
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    Tests In The Spec Before Code?

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    A Diligent Reader writes: A co-worker and I are having a bit a disagreement that I feel your talents may shed some light on. We're currently writing an engineering design document which includes a high-level & low-level design of a software...
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    Yo Yo Yo - New Expression Bloggers

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    I feel compelled to give a shout out to Mario , Adrian , and Unni , all of whom are finally blogging! Mario and Adrian are testers on my team, and Unni is a tester-turned-PM (traitor!). All three are much more artistic than me. Check 'em out!
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    It's Not What You Know That Matters

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    My friend Mike recently told me about his bee magnet. Once upon a time, his family got it into their heads that he collected magnets. People knowing you collect something can be a curse (even when you really do collect that something) because they shower...
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    Michael's (Mostly) Raw Breakfast Muesli

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    At the same time I experimented with being a vegetarian I also dabbled with a raw food diet. I did OK on both but decided that I like meat (as long as it's organic and free range and all that) and that thirty oranges and forty apples isn't my idea of...
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    Help Us Help You

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    Rob Caron is looking for testers and test leads willing to have a couple Microsofties come to your place of work and observe how you do what you do. For more information, see his post The ROI of Software Testing (which actually points you to yet another...
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    Through The Glass Darkly

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    Testing is often divided into two types: black box testing, where you poke at the product from the outside and don't have a clue how it's put together or what makes it tick, and white box testing, where you inspect source code and execute the product...
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    My Perfect PC

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    It's been a loooong wait, and it's not all available yet, but this is what my perfect computer would look like: A slate Tablet PC with a screen about the size of a paperback book (about 4" x 6"). This is big enough to use but small enough I would...
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    Testing For Developers

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    When we testers find yet another "Did you even run this?" bug, it's easy to believe developers purposely inject bugs just to taunt us. I have worked with a lot of developers over the years, and I've found that they generally do try to test their code...
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    StarEast, Here I Come!

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    I'm excited to announce that I'll be presenting my talk "Hallmarks Of A Great Tester" at StarEast ! I have the after lunch slot Wednesday, but I think I'll keep y'all awake! So sign up if you already haven't and ensure I have an audience full of hecklers...
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    Re: When To Automate

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    Patrick comments on my When To Automate post: I am confused by your third bullet in that unstable/newly developed/high change code should have automated tests written for it. It has been my experience that test automation is a great deal of work...
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    I Can't Test This

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    (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...
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    How To Become A (Great) Tester

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    Linda asks how one gets into the software testing field. "Are there certain formulas I would need to know or certain classes I would need to take? Or is it something I would have to learn as I go along the way?" To my knowledge there is not yet any...
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    Roadmap For The Next (Five) Year(s)

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    Goals are important. Without a goal - something you plan to do, accomplish, achieve - you can only wander aimlessly. (Or I guess you can always become a sedentary part of the scenery...) Note that this is *not* to say that wandering aimlessly is bad;...
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    When To Automate

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    My team has a goal of 110% automation, but: not every test is worth automating. What's more, the value in automating a particular test case changes depending where in the product cycle you are. Or as I said in a presentation on this topic: What should...
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    Signature Strengths

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    Thanks to one of my blogroll (I forget who and can't reconstruct) I found the VIA Signature Strengths survey . It says my strengths (in order) are: Self-control and self-regulation. I self-consciously regulate what I feel and what I do. I am a disciplined...
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    TheBraidyTester.com

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    Thanks to the good folks at LogoWorks I now have a logo! I didn't have any clue what I wanted at first, but I am super happy with the final result. And thanks to Register4Less I now have a ten year lease on TheBraidyTester.com . There's not much...
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    My Physical Has Gone Mental

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    Everybody is different, but trying to deal with and understand and work effectively with five bazillion individuals is rather a hard task. This is one reason people chunk everybody else into endless numbers of categories. One type of category I've been...
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    3,500,000 Euros!

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    I'm participating in Steve Pavlina's Million Dollar Experiment . So far I've made $1.01. (Found it on the sidewalk - a one dollar bill one day and a penny another day.) Maybe I don't believe really truly in it deep down inside.... And then the following...
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    Criss-Cross

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    One of the areas I'm focusing on these days is cross-feature testing - purposely taking a wide-and-shallow view of Sparkle and using its features in combination. Cross-feature interaction is easy to forget as we beat the life out of each feature on its...
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    I Don't Care - But I Do

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    We have recently started planning Sparkle's end game: what it's going to take to ship this puppy. (Please don't take this to mean we are anywhere near to shipping, because we aren't.) If you have never shipped a commercial software product, you probably...
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    $1,000,000

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    What would you do with one million dollars? Pay off my mortgage, buy some toys, invest for the future, travel - all this and more is coming my way just because I intend it to. Join Steve Pavlina's Million Dollar Experiment and it will come your way too...
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    Let Go Your Fear

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    I have been working on a presentation on our automation stack for many months now. I'm finally to the point where all that's left is to practice, practice, practice. Following the Beyond Bullets approach I have spent a lot of time getting the speaker...
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