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    Timely Play

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    "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...
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    Feeling Logical

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    "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...
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    Concretely Abstract

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    "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;...
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    Intro, Extra, Energy

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    "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...
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    The Gang Of Four

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    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...
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    Tester Spotlight: Bryan Lipscy

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    I have another Tester Spotlight posted over on Tester Center ! This time I talked with Bryan Lipscy, who tests all of the help in Windows XP, Windows Vista, and the not-yet-released Windows 7. Watch my interview with Bryan to learn why he is excited to...
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    Myers And Briggs And Their Guinea Pig

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    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...
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    Types And Styles And Body Parts, Oh My

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    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...
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    One Fish, Two Fish, Sensing Fish, Intuitive Fish

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    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...
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    Conversationally Communing

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    Maria writes: This is my first time as a tester...let me tell you I'm happy with this, but is really difficult to deal with the feelings of the developers who takes the bugs as personal (well, they are responsible for it, but is not a hurt feeling...
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    Why Why Why Why Why?

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    "Why did you miss that?" I imagine you have heard that question more than once, regardless of whether you test, write code, manage a project, or run a company. Something unexpected happens and now the powers-that-be want to know how you could possibly...
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    Tester Center Tester Spotlight: Rob Straavaldson

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    Check out my Tester Spotlight interview with Rob Straavaldson over on Tester Center !
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    Mission Control

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    Do you know what your mission is? Some of you may be saying "To boundary test Feature X". Some may be describing what you came into this lifetime to do. Others of you may be immersed in the process of defining your mission. And yet others may believe...
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    CASTing For Participants, Part 2

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    Some months ago I posted about CAST 2008, how it's not your typical conference, how gobs of Smart Testers will be attending, and how you probably should attend too. The program is up now, and it's a doozy! Jerry Weinberg is presenting the opening keynote...
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    Perfectly Solid Learning

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    A few weeks ago I took Jerry Weinberg 's Problem Solving Leadership (PSL) workshop. Everyone I have heard speak about PSL calls it a life changing experience. I understood Jerry's book Becoming A Technical Leader to be a sort of offline version of PSL...
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    The Braidy Tester Went To PSL And All I Got Was This Lousy Song

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    [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...
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    It's A Live (Mesh)!

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    A year ago I joined a team building a top secret project. Today we threw off our invisibility cloak and revealed ourselves as as Live Mesh . Come on over and browse around. Subscribe to our team blog , where I'll be posting from time to time. Then come...
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    Campy Conclusion

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    These, then, are the five parallels I see between drawing and testing: Work what you see, not what you know. Copying and deconstructing the work of people you admire can help you identify the works’ parts and understand how they...
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    Shifting Subjects

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    I mentioned earlier that I started learning to draw so that I could sketch houses I saw in my head. When I went out sketching I noticed all sorts of interesting people whom I sketched as well, and I found these subjects to be a fascinating challenge....
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    Timely Tempo

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    As I learned the vocabulary of drawing I realized that most of my drawings were detailed studies where I attempted to record every last detail. I decided to switch to gesture drawings - quick sketches whose only intent is to get the spirit of the pose...
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    A Base(ic) Vocabulary

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    As I copied and deconstructed art by different people I started to identify commonalities within and across their works. Some of these commonalities were explicitly gathered into visual dictionaries, such as Jack Hamm’s Cartooning The Head & Figure...
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    CnD

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    " style="WIDTH: 62px; HEIGHT: 20px" height=20 alt=" " src="http://www.thebraidytester.com/images/spacer.gif" width=62 mce_src="http://www.thebraidytester.com/images/spacer.gif"> One technique which has helped me learn to see is to copy and deconstruct...
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    Know? No. See!

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    " style="WIDTH: 55px; HEIGHT: 20px" height=20 alt=" " src="http://www.thebraidytester.com/images/spacer.gif" width=55 mce_src="http://www.thebraidytester.com/images/spacer.gif"> What I have had most difficulty learning about drawing is probably also...
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    Drawing Parallels With Testing

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    Two years ago I was your typical product of public school art class. Which is to say I didn’t draw all that well. Ten years ago I was your typical taught-myself-programming developer. Which is to say I didn’t test all that well. I decided to...
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    Scripting Exploratory Smack Down

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    Vinayak writes: "I do feel Exploratory Testing has importance in SCRUM-like projects and also scripted testing has its role in specific contexts. I would really like to see your views on how do you think test design, test documentation, and test execution...
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