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    Rampant Reactions

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    Recently I read Eugene Kennedy's On Becoming A Counselor , and currently I am immersed in Jerome Groopman's How Doctors Think . Both authors make a point which I have been concurrently learning via other avenues as well: my emotional state Big Time affects...
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    Tester Central

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    I am excited to announce that as of now MSDN has a Tester Center ! Here you will find articles, blogs, videos, the Software Testing Discussion Forum , plus an aggregation of all the testing-related Microsoftie-run blogs we know about. Head on over for...
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    A Tester's Translation Table

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    It seems to me that lots of people are experiencing lots of confusion regarding what lots of the testing terms we throw around signify. In an effort to remedy this circumstance I have applied my investigatory powers to observe what people really mean...
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    Tricky Trojans

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    Wayne writes seeking suggestions for dealing with simulacra of complex and complicated interfaces. While I usually want to do some end-to-end testing in order to see how the system as a whole functions, I generally prefer to do most of my testing at lower...
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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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    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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    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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    Exploring Fallacies

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    I have been having various conversations of late about exploratory testing and Session-Based Test Management. Interesting conversations. Conversations I never expected to have, in some cases. One tester thought exploratory testing was nifty. He was...
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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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    Testing Ideals

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    I have been thinking about what an ideal software development process might look like: The product team would understand exactly what their customers want to do and how their product could help their customers do so. Developers would understand...
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    Planning Does Not Necessarily Make Perfect

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    For the past several months I have been testing setup for my application. Actually, that's not true - it is only about two weeks ago that I started testing. The two months before that I: Wrote the test specification, getting it reviewed and signed...
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    Testing In The Wild

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    Recently I read Edward Hutchins's Cognition In The Wild . Edward researches human cognition. Rather than setting individuals to a purpose-built task in a research lab he observed navigation teams on U.S. Navy ships. He was interested in how groups think...
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    Quantum Testing

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    Once upon a time, I thought testing was about finding bugs. Once upon a time, I thought I should be able to find every bug in my product. Once upon a time, I thought testing was about ensuring no bugs escaped to customers. Once upon a time, I...
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    The Path Not Taken

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    Part of my route from the bus to my office goes across a chunk of undeveloped land. This is my favorite part of my commute, as I get to walk through tall grass and hear bullfrogs croak and see nature going about its business. Part way in the path divides...
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    Headlines

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    In the current issue of Better Software, Michael Bolton writes about risk-based testing . Thinking about what could go wrong with my application can, I find be a lot of fun. What might happen that shouldn't? What mightn't happen that should? My favorite...
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    Business BASIC(s)

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    Some years back a store near me started having a going-out-of-business sale. Six months later it was *still* having a going-out-of-business sale. A nearby newsstand which was also closing for good mocked it with signs that read "Come here for a real going...
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    The Answer Will Hit You Like A Ton Of Bricks

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    Question: Would you rather be hit by a ton of feathers or by a ton of bricks? Most people answer "A ton of feathers". Some people - usually ones who have been accosted by this question before - answer "It doesn't matter, a ton is a ton". I answer...
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    Testing Estimation

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    Sonal asks: Could you discuss on estimating testing for a manual/automation project? How long to estimate the estimation, how many test cases designed per day (though this sounds like a bad statistic). Test case designing and testing per se never...
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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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    Tester Quiz

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    A short post today because I am pushing all the work over to you! <g/> How many answers to "38.30 - 1 1/2 = ???" can you think of? Here are a few to get you started: 36.80 (assuming both are decimal numbers) 36.30 (assuming minutes.seconds...
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    I Am Not Finding Bugs

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    Now that I've been in my new job a few weeks you might be wondering how many bugs I've found. I've found exactly one, and that was only because a unit test hung on my machine. (On a line of code which had a comment that maybe the operation needed a timeout...
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    Hunter Hunted

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    If you follow my DDJ blog you know I have been interviewing people about testing . Some time back I interviewed Pradeep . Now he has interviewed me !
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    YAPTTAT

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    I was planning a post filled with griping about people expecting testers to robot down lists of test cases rather than use their brain. Then I decided such a rant wouldn't be so useful to you. Instead of reading me today, howsabout you visit the new...
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    Riffing On Testers

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    Recently I heard of a company who is downsizing their test department because their developers are going to start unit testing. There are a bunch of reasons why this could be exactly the wrong thing to do. There are also a bunch of reasons why it could...
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    Tatoo Detective

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    When a Microsoftie moves to a different group we typically take one of our machines with us. I opted to take my four-year-old desktop as that meant I also took my flat panel monitors, to which I have grown rather attached. As I frequently work outside...
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