Some Notes on Software Testing Waste - my lean perspective

Feb 20, 2008 - 4 minute read - Evil Tester Lean

One key ‘lean’, or ‘TPS’, concept covers ‘muda’, or waste. Over my years in Software Testing I have tried to make my testing processes more ‘Agile’ or ‘Lean’, but when I started I didn’t have the concept of ‘muda’, I just had the knowledge that things weren’t working, so I changed them and got rid of the things that I thought added no, or little value. Now that I know a little about Agile and a little about Lean, I can try to apply the concepts of ‘muda’ to testing.

Book Review: Software Testing Fundamentals by Marnie L. Hutcheson

Feb 18, 2008 - 5 minute read - Book Reviews

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Driven to provide ways of providing better information to her customers, Marnie Hutcheson has identified techniques for identifying and structuring her test scope to allow her to provide estimates, negotiate and agree a prioritised scope, and report progress against that. All of which sounds like the makings of a great book.


5 acronyms that software testers should learn from

Feb 17, 2008 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev Education

I count Google video as one of, if not the, best self-training resources currently available to me. So on Google video here are 5 acronyms that you can use for your self education as a tester: AAFTT, BBST, GTAC, SHMOOCON, OWASP. AAFTT Agile Alliance Functional Testing Tools visioning workshop BBST Black Box Software Testing Course GTAC Google Test Automation Conference SHMOOCON The Shmoo Group’s Software Hacking Conference

Notes on 'abstraction' and 'equivalence classes' in Software Testing

Feb 11, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Abstractions can put your testing in danger if you don’t handle them correctly. So some hints and tips on handling the abstraction known as an ‘equivalence class’ may help. I use the word ‘abstraction’ (wikipedia definition) a lot when I discuss Software Testing. ‘Abstraction’ underpins so much of my modelling approach. I recently read Glanville Williams’ concise description of abstraction, as quoted in Hayakawa’s “Symbol, Status and Personality” [amazon.com][amazon.co.uk][books.google].

If a demand for testing certification exists then why don'tUniversities meet that demand?

Feb 10, 2008 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

Should ISEB even run a certification scheme? If Industry really does have a demand for it then perhaps ISEB’s role should involve collating the Industry needs and passing them on to the Universities to provide the necessary certification mechanism. Academia generally seems to ‘get’ certification. The Games industry has managed to get “Games Development” recognised as a degree level subject. If industry wants a certification then should academia meet that need?

ISEB, and the train that won't stop going

Feb 8, 2008 - 4 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

What an easy target ISEB makes, it comes in for a lot of criticism. And I think it should. To an outsider like myself the certification train looks like a money spinning exercise, why else keep cranking out certification levels? I wonder what they could do to change my perception… ISEB currently promotes 4 testing certification levels - the Foundation, Intermediate, Practitioner Test Manager and Practitioner Test Analyst. I find it too easy to believe that ISEB has money making intentions rather than the ‘profession’s best intentions to hand.

My notes on how to study for ISEB foundation

Feb 6, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

While trawling through my hard drive on a deletion frenzy, I found my old notes on what I did to pass the ISEB foundation exam. Bear in mind that I made these notes in 2003 and the ISEB syllabus has moved on since. But I have updated all the links and someone might find my updated notes useful. Original Notes - with up to date links. Hints and tips The questions get written from the syllabus - know the syllabus The definitions come from the glossary - forget what you think you know if you want to pass - learn the definitions in the glossary The techniques come from the BS7925, read and understand this At the end of your study, if you feel like doing something adventurous then read the practitioner syllabus for extra depth Mandatory Study the syllabus in conjunction with the Glossary of terms used in software testing and the BS7925 standard Build a mind map or set of study notes for the syllabus to summarise what you think important Check your understanding and notes against the definitions in the glossary and the standards Learn some memory techniques and general exam techniques.

Book Review: Testing Computer Software by Kaner, Falk, Nguyen

Feb 4, 2008 - 5 minute read - Book Reviews

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I thought I’d read this again for review purposes. I didn’t expect it to surprise me, but it did, massively.

Book Cover of Testing Computer Software


Book Review: Systematic Software Testing by Rick Craig & Stefan Jaskiel

Feb 4, 2008 - 7 minute read - Book Reviews

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Anytime I approach a book now I try to get my initial prejudices and preconceptions sorted and out of my head to let me approach the book more clearly. My initial preconceptions of Systematic Software Testing have led to it sitting on my shelf for a long time. I’ve seen Rick lecture and he does that very well, a little overly metric focused compared to my general approach, but presumably that has worked for him and his clients in the past.

Book Cover Systematic Software Testing


ISEB testing certification, fear, and the hiring dilemma

Feb 1, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

At EuroSTAR 2007 Michael Bolton started the conference off with “Why I am not Certified” - Michael had obviously kept more up to date on the ISEB progress than I. I looked at the ISEB site recently, and now I feel uneasy. I know that the people who started all this certification had ‘industry’ and possibly ‘profession’ best intentions in mind I assume that the people involved still do have those intentions.