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    Hallmarks Of A Great Tester

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    Thanks to everyone who helped make my STAR East presentation "Hallmarks Of A Great Tester" this afternoon go off without a hitch! Speaking to five hundred people was quite experience, let me tell you. <g/> The unlive version is now up .
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    Colombia, Here I Come!

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    I am excited to announce that SQA has asked me to fly down to Colombia to give my talk Hallmarks of a Great Tester ! I'll be speaking in Bogotá and also in Medellín. My wife is coming along, so we'll get a vacation out of it too. Fun fun fun! Thanks...
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    Let's Go Bust Some Silos!

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    Who plans the tests for your product? Who writes them? Who executes them? On some product teams, developers write product code. That's it. If you're lucky, they even compile the code they write. Actually *launching* the application - let alone determining...
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    If I Understand You Correctly

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    Recently my wife and I were discussing the book I was reading. She had already read it and asked me what was happening so she could know how far along I was and thus what she could say without spoiling the plot for me. I gave her a short synopsis of recent...
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    My Test

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    [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...
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    I Don't Think That's Exactly What They Meant, Exactly

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    A hotel I was in recently had a toilet: I found that sign over the toilet rather interesting: Um, I can think of at least two other things which are going into their septic system!
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    Execution And Verification Are Tightly Coupled

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    Test cases are composed of three primary sections: Cache initial state. The primary task for any test case is verifying that an action had the intended effect; if the test case is to know what changed it clearly must save off the starting state...
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    Talkie Walkie Trustie

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    Recently I read through the notes from Brett Pettichord's workshop on Homebrew Test Automation . It's a great overview of available test automation techniques, although it is old enough that he doesn't mention UIAutomation (the Longhorn replacement for...
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    Grow, Darn You, Grow!

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    Apoorva writes: Being a team lead, one would take it as his duty to bring out the best in his team (STE's who work under you). How do you manage to do that? Do you (or Leads/Managers at Microsoft) manage to identify certain weaknesses/strengths in your...
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    Yes Virginia, Developers Really *Can* Test

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    I've been coding for something like twenty years, but I've only really been testing that code for about ten. Oh, sure, I would bang on my apps in ways I thought were similar to what my users would do, and I stepped through my code and stuff like that...
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    Testers Are Little More Than Accountants In A Factory

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    The sum of these factors makes testers little more than factories churning out test case after test case, each of which is different only in some small detail (e.g., how a particular operation is invoked) than the others. Another way to say this is that...
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    Who Ya Gonna Call?

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    Once you create your Logical Functional Model the other pieces can follow in any order immediately as chunks of your feature and LFM are defined. I'll follow the most typical pattern here, which brings us to Execution Behaviors. When you first define...
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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 Favorite Things

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    With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Julie Andrews: BVT blockers and feature team meetings, Checking in code and build folder cleanings, Making my dev cry with hardly a strain: These are a few of my favorite things. Installing new builds...
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    Now Serving: Daily(ish) Blogs

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    You may know that Dr. Dobb's Journal is launching a new portal site where experts in the industry blog about schtuff. What you probably don't know - unless you've been nosing around since they went live last week - is that they've asked *me* to be their...
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    An Especially Bad Case Of Estimation Gone Awry

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    Last year a convenience store near my house burned down. After a very long time (the insurance took forever to come through I guess) the wreckage was cleared away and a new building started going up. The exterior walls were done in a flash but the rest...
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    Bug Whacking

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    The Microsoft campus has copious amounts of greenspace - great swards of grass, bushes and trees everywhere, and a large swath of forested wetlands. The wetlands are left mostly wild, but the rest of campus is kept meticulously groomed by a diligent band...
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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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    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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    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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    How We Test Software At Microsoft (Sometimes, Somewhens)

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    Some time back, Alan Page sent me a review copy of How We Test Software At Microsoft (HWTSAM), which he, Bj Rollison , and Ken Johnston published late last year. I was curious to read this and discover whether their view of testing matches mine. Now that...
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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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    Anutthara's Favorite Bug

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    There was this bug that I remember even 4 years later now. Since we expect our users to install our product on operating systems of different languages, we do globalization testing on this. So for the Beta release, I installed our product on a Japanese...
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    Talking Clocks

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    We have a set of clocks counting down the time until our next big milestone, one where all the testers are, one by the devs, and one by PM. I just noticed that they tell a story: PM reaches the end of the milestone first; Dev reaches it next;...
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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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