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    The Three Most Important Considerations

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    Eric writes: There's a lot of debate over automating software testing (ie is it worth it, will it get used, how flexible can an automated tool really be, etc.), and I was wondering if you had any firsthand experience. Automating software testing...
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    Mistaken Opportunities

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    Sometimes I miss a meeting. This is rarer than it used to be. Each time I miss a meeting I identify the reason I missed it and then find or invent or develop a process or method or technique to ensure I don't miss a meeting for that reason again. I also...
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    R E S P E C T

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    Reader Jim writes: I wanted to ask if you have any advice on how to deal with developers when reporting/verifying bugs. You betcha I do! I go to great lengths to show my developers that I am their ally, not their adversary. As I've said before...
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    Tester Mentality

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    I tech screened a tester this morning for a position on my team. I always ask the candidate to describe the tester mentality. I loved today's interviewee's answer: More than the product working perfectly without any crash assert, if it is not intuitive...
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    NOK? ACK!

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    Reader Geth writes to ask that I talk about what he refers to as NOK - Not OK - testing. The basic premise is to determine how robust the application is to failures, how gracefully it handles problems. For example, when the database is unavailable...
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    How'd Ya Miss That?

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    Have you ever missed an obvious bug? One of those sit-up-and-smack-you-in-the-face problems that you nevertheless still somehow managed to not see? I remember one where my team was adding product licensing, so that you had to have a valid registration...
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    Pawn Takes King

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    At some point every product team reaches a point where the features are (allegedly, anyway) all checked in and complete, no new functionality is being added, and all that's left is to find and fix bugs until the team decides the application is of good...
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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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    I Wonder What The World Looks Like From Over There...

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    This weekend I went hiking with a few of my friends. Our original destination turned out to be off limits due to a forest fire, so we decided to try a trail we had noticed earlier along the way. The signage to this trail, however, turned out to be mostly...
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    Fantasy Island?

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    Recently one of my teammates was showing off a WPF application he had built. Since it's easy to do, she built a Logical Functional Model and used it to script her demo. One of the cool things her app supported was reskinning (including rearranging...
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    Ideaful Idealists

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    The last of Keirsey's Four Temperaments is the Idealist. Recall that Idealists - or NFs - tend to be abstract in their thinking and communication and cooperative in their use of tools. As a result, they tend to excel at diplomacy. The Idealist bucket...
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    Guardians At The Gate

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    Today's Temperament is the Guardian. Recall that Guardians - or SJs - tend to be concrete in their thinking and communication and cooperative in their use of tools. As a result, they tend to excel at logistics. The Guardian bucket contains a smaller...
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    Artful Artisans

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    Today I'll cover the Artisan Temperament . Recall that Artisans - or SPs - tend to be concrete in their thinking and communication and utilitiarian in their use of tools. As a result, they tend to excel at tactics. The Artisan bucket contains a smaller...
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    Eight Miles An Hour

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    Today I Trikked the Burke-Gilman (left half of my route) and Sammamish River (right half of my route) trails from Volunteer Park (lower left-hand corner) to Microsoft's Redmond Campus (lower right-hand corner). [With a slight detour (i.e., I got lost...
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    Irrational Rationals

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    Continuing on with Keirsey's Four Temperaments , I'll do one post each going into the details of each temperament. I'll start with the Rationals, just because that's what I am (barely). Recall that Rationalists - or NTs - tend to be abstract in their...
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    Temper Temper Temperament

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    As I've talked about before , one of my current areas of study is personality types. In particular, of late I've been reading up on the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator and Keirsey Temperament Sorter. Isabel Myers herself noticed large similarities between...
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    Forty Miles?

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    No real post today, as I'm attempting forty miles on my Trikke : I'm starting (#0) just south of Volunteer Park in Capitol Hill (Seattle, Washington). I head down to Lake Washington and trek along its shoreline until I hit Seward Park (1), around...
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    Take One Down, Try It On, Ninety-nine More Possible Metrics On The Wall

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    Anutthara comments on my " Fast Today Or Fast Tomorrow " post: How am I to convince myself or others that expending this extra effort initially will lead to benefits later esp when there is no documented result that proves so? This often presents itself...
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    Bad Dev Lead! Bad! Bad!

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    A Diligent Reader has a doozy of a question: As a test team lead, have you come acress scenarios where you believe that dev is incorrect in the way they interact with test? Is there a tester anywhere who hasn't? I have yet to experience the joy...
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    "Developer" Diary

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    Dr. Dobb's Journal recently started a new column titled "Developer Diaries", where they interview a few developer types each issue. I'm not exactly a developer, but I am featured in the August issue! If yours hasn't arrived yet, or you're not a subscriber...
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    Fast Today Or Fast Tomorrow - Your Choice

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    My trainer has me timing my morning workouts as one way to track my progress. One day I realized that I had rushed through my workout, paying more attention to beating my previous time than to my form. Needless to say, that workout wasn't very effective...
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    What's The Big Deal?

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    World Cup mania has taken over, well, the world. Several of the cafeterias here at Microsoft have the games playing on giant screens. Much of my team watched one game at someone's house because he has a big-screen high-definition TV. I know companies...
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    Purple Dragons Designing

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    I want to give a shout out to my wife Kaylyn. Kaylyn is a fabulous artist, and she is now selling her handmade cards and invitations online. Get thyself to Purple Dragon Designs forthwith, take a gander at her beautimous work, and mayhap have her custom...
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    If I Ran The Zoo

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    Probably you heard last week's big news that Scoble is leaving Microsoft . Pundits immediately started sounding the death knell for transparency and customer involvement at Microsoft. Far from it! Our illustrious leader Soma went on record way back in...
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    Tablet Gaming

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    I've been thinking about gaming on Tablets. Card games, Whack A Mole-like pound games, and board games benefit from the direct interaction you get from the tablet stylus. But what would a Tablet-specific game that takes advantage of the unique features...
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