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Making the invisible visible since 1987

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    Banking Expectations

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    For weeks now I have been seeing ads for a local bank. These ads consist of a vast expanse of white space disturbed only by the phrase "(This space intentionally left blank)". These ads baffled me. Yesterday, however, I realized that the last word in...
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    James W's Favorite Bug

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    I like the back and forth between QA and Dev with regards to whether or not a bug is worthy of their time to fix and that is the central theme to my favorite bug. We had an app that was getting blown up by a few different fonts. When dev pushed...
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    Gerald M. Weinberg's Favorite Bug

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    My favorite bug is also my first bug. It's my favorite because it started me on the road to learning the most important things about programming and testing. It was the first commercial program I had ever written--a pipeline network analyzer for...
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    Josh Poley's Favorite Bug

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    One of the interesting bugs I dealt with on the Xbox 360 wasn't very exciting from a "how found" perspective, but rather from the duration it was open and the edit history of it. In the very beginning of development for the console I was working on testing...
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    What Is Your Favorite Bug?

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    I mentioned in my last post that I love hearing testers (anyone, really) talk about the bugs they find. This gave me an idea: why not collect people's bug stories here? If you would like to contribute a story about your favorite bug(s) (i.e., those whose...
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    Testing Curiosity

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    What drew you to testing? What keeps you here? What would cause you to leave? I fell into testing by accident. Autodesk needed testers for a new version of AutoCAD, I had registered copies of AutoCAD, they asked if I was interested, I said "Oh yeah...
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    Falsely Responsible

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    Newbie testers often believe they can actually stop their product from shipping. Product teams often foster this belief by forcing their testers to sign off on their product before shipping it. Can you imagine the result if we decided to exercise our...
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    Heuristical Madness

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    Recently I was thinking about the plethora of Test Heuristics floating about the blogosphere. HICCUPPS , CRUSSPIC STMPL , FCC CUTS VIDS , and on and on and on. Eventually I became overloaded and started searching for a heuristic to help me sort through...
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    Back In The Saddle Again

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    One reason I have not blogged these last two months is that my wife took ill and I haven't been at work. She is home now and I am getting into the swing of work again. Another reason I have not blogged these last two months is that I have been doing...
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    Story Time

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    How many different stories do you know about your product? Do you know the stories your best customer tells? The ones your worst customer tells? Your management? Help Desk? How much of your time do you spend inventing new stories, versus discovering stories...
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    Testing Reality

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    A few years ago I began questioning everything I thought I knew: what I did, why I did it, how I did it. Central to my progress through these questions and the learnings they have precipitated and are still precipitating? Learning to ground - which is...
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    So You Want To Work For Microsoft...

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    Several people have emailed me recently asking for tips on getting through their upcoming interviews at Microsoft. My advice: Be Yourself . I believe this is the most important tip I can give you. I find that how someone fits (or does not fit) with...
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    What I Will Do

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    Commitments - "This is what I plan to do the next year and how you will know whether I am doing it" - are a vital part of the career development process here at Microsoft. Annual reviews and promotions are largely based on one's execution against one...
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    Eavesdropping On Testing

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    On the bus the other day I overheard a woman discussing her upcoming nuptials. She was quite the modern girl, it seems, and was not going for any of the traditional ceremonial wedding stuff. Well, maybe a small wedding party, like three bridesmaids and...
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    A Medley Of Tools

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    [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...
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    What Do You Do?

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    Do you know the unique value you add to your team? I used to think I did, until a series of unfortunate events showed me that I did not. That set me off on a splurge of introspection regarding what I do and why I do it. Now I believe I really do understand...
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    K-Based Testing

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    I was reading Keith Braithwaite's website recently in preparation for asking him Five Questions . One paper in particular caught my eye, wherein Keith describes several case studies where formally specifying a part of a system was difficult or impossible...
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    Games Testers Play

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    What are you favorite testing games? I learned Headline News from Elisabeth Hendrickson many years ago, and it has since become one of my favorite games. The idea is to dream up headlines involving your application or feature which you really do not...
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    Tester Center Tester Spotlight: Ivo Manolov

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    I have another Tester Spotlight posted! Pop over to Tester Center - via Channel 9 - to see my interview with Ivo Manolov , Test Manager for the Windows Presentation Foundation team.
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    Nike Testing

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    When I started writing this blog I had no idea what I was going to write about. I don't remember that ever happening before - usually I know exactly what I want to talk about and more-or-less how I want to say it. When I test, however, I find myself...
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    Yummy In My Tummy

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    My wife and I recently spent several weeks traveling around England and Scotland. (One reason I wasn't at CAST .) An important part of our journeys was searching out nice nooks for noshing. We found several establishments which utterly delighted our tongues...
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    Rhymeless References

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    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...
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    Finally! The Finish!

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    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...
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    Trio Of Tastes

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    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...
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    New Lingo Please!

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    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...
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