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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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    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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    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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    A Peek Behind The Curtains

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    With the LFM defined and hooked up to Execution Behaviors it makes sense to move on to defining the Physical Object Model . The POM is often the simplest part because it's just a straightforward API around the user interface. Given Surveyor's UI: ...
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    Show Me Yours: Application Internals

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    Details regarding how data is pulled out of our application’s internal data structures and other parts of the system environment are factored into an Application Internals model. This isolates knowledge about where data is found and how it is accessed...
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    Nuts And Bolts

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    All that theory is great, but without a practical application none of it matters. Thus Surveyor. Surveyor is a simple application for creating online surveys. The UI will look something like this: You have three sets of questions: those you have...
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    Killing Me Hardly With Its Trash Talk

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    I've been trying to figure out how to unit test Avalon applications. One might think (I sure did) that anybody building a brand new framework would automatically make it unit test friendly, but when that brand new framework is Avalon one would be wrong...
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    Fail Fast

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    The only way to succeed is to fail. Therefore, fail early and often. Think about the last time you attempted something new and you succeeded right out of the gate. Do you have any clue why? Do you know whether the approach you took is the only one...
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    Show Me

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    Dave Liebreich posted some while back what I presume is a question he asks prospective employers: "I've seen many organizations that treat the QA or test group as people who will do the 'menial' work that the programmers don't want to, or the people who...
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    Kill those warts!

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    Rory is one of my favorite bloggers. Earlier this week he posted Die, Hungarian notation... Just *die* , which sentiment I agree with wholeheartedly. Jim Hyslop and Herb Sutter's (three years earlier) article Hungarian wartHogs is also a great read. ...
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    The Tester Song

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    If I had a theme song, this is what it would be: With apologies to Monty Python... [Fade in to a dev banging away on his keyboard muttering about linked lists and hash tables and third-order dependencies. A management type pokes his head in and tells...
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    When specs go bad

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    If your team writes specs before starting to code (as opposed to after, when it's easy to do so, and the spec is more commonly called documentation) you certainly have cause to be happy, but you aren't home free. Another bone of contention awaits: whether...
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    Scottie, spec me up!

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    Those of us lucky enough to have a program manager know that while PMs are a big help they certainly aren't a magic bullet. Some PMs, in fact, are more hindrance than help. When a spec never gets past draft status (or, even worse, is in a perpetual state...
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    This book exists because of me

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    Illinois Institute of Technology (which made the mistake of giving me an architorture degree I've been abusing and ignoring ever since) is a Technology School. It has some liberal arts classes, but nowhere near the range a state university or more-normal...
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    You Gotta Work!

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    Apoorva asks: How do work assignments take place for STE's? An example would be, I was testing this product which involved client/server stuff. I was assigned to test the funtionality of the server. In short, anything in the spec which was server related...
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    Warning: Bad Lyrics Ahead

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    Microsoft requires any vehicle parked on campus to be registered. Visitors register with the receptionist where they're visiting; everyone else registers with Security. I don't know what visitors get when they register, but employees get a numbered tag...
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    Why I'm An SDE/T

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    WH writes: I've got an on-campus interview with MS and I'm (hopefully) looking at an SDET internship. I was wondering: What do you like most about being an SDET? What do you like the least? The bug-finding problem space sounds completely interesting to...
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    Stuffing My Brain, Part 08

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    What is quality to you? How do you measure quality? When is quality accomplished? If you don't know how your customers would answer these questions, your product probably doesn't meet their needs as well as it could. You can fix this problem. But first...
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    Missing States

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    Every tester forms a model of each application they test. Sometimes this model is explicit, such as when the tester is doing model-based testing. Other times it is unconscious, such as when a tester does not know why they do what they do to find problems...
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    There's A Bug

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    [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...
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    Tester Dragon

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    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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