What if we don't use the words verification and validation?

Sep 11, 2018 - 13 minute read - Evil Tester Testing

TLDR; Imagine never having to worry about saying “Verification” when you meant “Validation”. Well you can. Write down what the V-words imply, and then use those sentences you wrote down instead.

I’ve been in meetings where people have argued about the words “Verification” and “Validation”. For some reason these words have a high weighting of importance in “The World of Software Testing”.

I have the personal issue that I forget which one is “meeting requirements” and which one is “meeting needs” and have to reverse engineer the words every time I need to use or interpret them.

I’m not the only one, because often I see the questions: “Am I building the product right?” (Verification), and “Am I building the right product?” (Validation).

And I asked myself, “What if I don’t use the words verification and validation?”


The Evil Tester Show Podcast Episode 006 - Workarounds

Sep 7, 2018 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Podcast

The new “Evil Tester Show” episode covers the topic of Workarounds.

Have you ever used a workaround to get something done?

You betcha. In this show I describe some examples and how important they have been in my testing and my career. And some of the risks you face when you use them.


List of Patreon Micro Courses

Sep 6, 2018 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Patreon

I have created a list of the Micro Courses in the EvilTester Patreon site.


Do you answer your own rhetorical questions?

Sep 4, 2018 - 5 minute read - Evil Tester Testing

TLDR: Do you ever ask yourself rhetorical questions? If so, try and answer them by building assumptions. Then investigate your assumptions.

Do you ask yourself rhetorical questions?

I suspect most people do.

Leaving them unanswered means not following up on a opportunity for learning that your brain has put in front of you.


Test Automation ROI Exercises

Aug 28, 2018 - 5 minute read - Evil Tester Testing

TLDR: Rather than discuss ROI in depth, I want to explore how to evaluate ROI for yourself, so I provide some questions as an exercise e.g. “Why do you use ROI?”, “What do you gain?”, “What do you lose?”, etc.

I am often asked about ROI. And I wrote a parody answer. In this post I explore initial beliefs and then questions to explore and expand my model of ROI.


How To Invest In Testing

Aug 23, 2018 - 10 minute read - Evil Tester Testing

TLDR: If you want to invest in yourself, we have books and courses and a patreon page

Finding testing too expensive?

Trying to replace your testers by Automating Testing?

You’re doing it wrong.

Tool vendors want to sell you tools to automate your testing and make testing cheaper - but here’s what they don’t tell you.


Click bots for social media and beyond

Aug 21, 2018 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Exploratory Testing

TLDR: simple click bots from the JavaScript console can make social media and other sites easier to use

I have been using click from the JavaScript console more to: fill in forms, remove ads, remove popups, etc. In this post I explain the general principles.


Exploratory Testing Clean Recon Live Example

Aug 15, 2018 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Exploratory Testing

TLDR: clean recon - using the app to provide knowledge about the app

Using The Pulper v 1.2 I recorded a live recon session to try and create an example of note taking, model building, risk identification and next action identification.

You can repeat the exercise for yourself and see how you get on.


Bypassing WebDriver click

Aug 7, 2018 - 5 minute read - Selenium Simplified Blog WebDriver

For the first time, in a long time, I’ve had to bypass WebDriver click() method and use JavaScript to issue a click event.

In this post I’ll explain why, and look at the pros and cons of doing so.


Compendium of Practice Testing Apps version 1.2

TLDR: github.com/eviltester/testingapp new version has more apps

To help you practice your testing I have The Evil Tester’s Compendium of Testing Apps.

One download - lots of apps to practice testing on.