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    Wordsmithing

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    A few weeks ago I read a suggestion by somebody somewhere to stop saying the word "but". Much of the time, they said, "and" works instead. This seemed interesting, so I decided to give it a Thirty Day Trial . Now I have mostly removed "but" from my vocabulary...
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    It Depends

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    My previous post stirred up a bit of controversy and spurred a bit of discussion. Fun stuff! The test plan for my new team states: All functional, integration, performance, and stress tests are automated and none run manually in test passes. This will...
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    And Now For Something Completely Different

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    I am excited to announce that today is my first day on...yet another top secret V1 project. As a test architect no less! I've had lots of fun on Expression these last almost-four years, and now I'm ready for something completely different. More news when...
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    Automate This!

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    How much of your testing do you automate? How do you know whether you have automated enough - or too much? My current team is taking the Automate Everything approach. This means we automate every last test case. "110% automation", as one of our executives...
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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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    Driver Wanted

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    I was walking along, minding my own business, when a sign in a shop window reached out and grabbed my attention: Driver wanted. Must have valid WSDL. Say what? Applicants must have their own Web Services Definition Language file? I can see how it...
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    Super Dev

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    [With apologies to Rick James...] She's quite the super dev The kind who tests and tests and tests now She will always give you good builds And she loves when you find bugs she writes She likes the testers on the team She says that I'm her all-time...
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    Test Trimming

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    This week's profound thought on testing doesn't come from me. Instead, I point you to the AYE Conference 's vast repository of articles, where Jerry Weinberg offers up a newly minted fable which uses cute forest creatures to explain why cutting testing...
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    Sign + Cup = Teaching Moment

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    I learned/had remembered to me several interesting things by posting that street sign . (Yes, Warren, I snapped that in Toronto.) What seems complex, complicated, or confusing to one person may seem simple, clear, and obvious to another. Context...
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    Brain Overload

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    Tell me, please, when exactly it is OK to park here? This is perhaps the most complicated set of parking rules I have seen. I am glad that a) I do not have a car, and b) I do not live anywhere near these street signs!
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    They're (gasp) Everywhere!

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    Recently I was shopping for music at a well-known online store. This store often suggests other albums related to the one you are browsing and offers you a package deal where if you purchase both the CD you are browsing and a related CD you receive a...
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    Payback Time

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    One thing I think is super important is stopping work on the important projects I am doing, and especially any urgent tasks with which I am occupied, and focusing instead on items which have a less direct payback. Research which may not turn into anything...
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    Hot Fix Heaven

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    How do you handle emergency fixes to your software? Hot fixes, patches, QFEs (Quick Fix Engineering) - an "oops we gotta fix that yesterday" by any name means a bunch of work for...somebody. Some teams handle QFEs like hardware interrupts. They go...
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    Shampoo Testing

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    Eric writes: How can I help my devs help me determine what is ready to test so I can help them? I’m a tester on an agile dev team. Every three weeks I get a new build which includes stuff that is supposed to work and stuff that is not supposed to...
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    Tag I'm It

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    Harry writes, Hi Micahel, I'm a regular reader of your blog. I run a blog on requirements and software engineering so we have some common interests. Currently there is a game of Blog-tagging going on, which works like a kind of chain-letter....
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    Micahel?

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    People often ask me why my blog URL is "micahel" rather than "michael". Here's why: Years ago I had a manager who - no matter how hard she tried - always mistyped my name as "Micahel". To tweak her a bit I took "micahel" on as the name I used in Half...
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    This Is Your Brain On RST

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    Last week I took Rapid Software Testing from Michael Bolton . The three days of stuffing my brain in the beautiful downtown campus of the University of Toronto was loads of fun. Points I especially remember: I had already experienced one of the exercises...
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    Do You Really?

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    This week I am in Toronto taking Rapid Software Testing from Michael Bolton . Every time I talk with Michael he makes my brain hurt, so I am quite enjoying three solid days of him! That is not however what I would like to talk about today. What I would...
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    Resolving Resolutions

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    Anu asks: [C]ould you post an entry on when to resolve a bug as "Dupe" or "No repro". I've been following the rule of resolve a bug as dupe if and only if the repro steps of the 2 bugs are the same. If they are the same root cause, it totally depends...
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    Software Wonderland

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    [To the tune of "Here Comes Santa Claus"] Here comes a developer, here comes a developer, Right down software lane. Slinging code and flinging bugs, Oh my they are so vain! They think that once their code compiles It must be all right; Bugs don't matter...
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    Testing In Five Easy Steps

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    James Bullock recently presented his Big Book Of Testing at the Seattle QA SIG. I'm sorry to have missed it - I decided Colombia would be more fun <g/>. Reading the PDF isn't the same as hearing James present it would have been, but how often do...
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    Can Developers Test?

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    Diligent Reader Ayaz asks: Everywhere there is talk about *the tester mentality* and how the testers should refine their approach towards a problem. My question is what would you advise a *developer* so that he can test his code and catch the bugs...
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    Con Mucho Gusto

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    It's good to be back! I am just recently back from Colombia. The good folk at SQA flew me down to talk with their clients about testing software. I took some vacation time as well, to ensure that my wife and I would have time to do some sightseeing ....
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    Systin Testing

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    Jerrad is cooking up Systin , which he's building on top of Systir . All terribly exciting, but wait there's more: he's going to implement something similar to my team's automation stack on top of it all! Hmmm...Ruby. Making it easier and faster to...
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    Might Means

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    Eric writes: [I]t seems the main problem [in automating software testing] is getting the test data - two steps before you can even think about automation. When talking to developers and QA folks it's a major roadblock. Any firsthand insight on this...
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