Can the words that we use affect our train of thought? How do the different words we use to describe a system, change the way that we think about that system? Can we describe the Application Under Test differently and change the way that we think about it?
One exercise I tried recently was to think of different words to describe the software that I was testing and to see how that affected my thinking about that software.
MS Project is the project schedule tool that I encounter more on site than any other tool, and the one that I personally prefer to use on sites.
But sometimes things don’t go as planned and I recently found myself without MS Project on a site with many MS Project Plans.
Sadly Microsoft do not provide a viewer for MS Project files so I hastily tried to find a tool to help me view the plans.
What do you mean? How do you know? What then? from driveyourselfsane.com
Articles on General Semantics from the European Society for General Semantics.
Ivor Cutler - I believe in bugs Lying in the silken ground one day, I shall sense the buggies wriggle as they eat me away, Singing “I believe in bugs, I truly believe in bugs, I truly believe in bugs…” (born January 15 1923; died March 3 2006)
This post originally appeared on compendiumdev.co.uk but I moved it here as it seemed more Evil Testery
MS Excel, and spreadsheets in general, are the testers friend. I have written up some notes about how to use Excel and VBA to generate test data.
Moved to github.com/eviltester/XML-EXCEL-Test-Data-Generator
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A book review of the Children’s Software Testing Classic “I Am A Bug” by Rob Sabourin, suitable for everyone.
Words, and how they affect cognition, perception, state and action, interest me. I wanted to experiment with a less linear and more diagrammatic communication format, so… I thought, and I drew, and I experimented, and I turned a textual blog entry into a single page of diagrams and boxed out text.
Words, and how they affect cognition, perception, state and action, interest me. And that is one of the reasons why I continue to study NLP, and General Semantics (ESGS,IGS).
Back in 2004, Danny Faught and I collaborated on an article for Better Software, about how to use tools when you have no budget, or people will not let you install anything. The article was entitled “Being Resourceful when your hands are tied”.
I went through a process of self-evaluation to understand better how I test, how I think about testing and the tools I use. This paper discusses the tool strategies I use and is an introduction to the world of free and cheap tools available to help us do testing.
The tools in action The sessions in action A related stickyminds.com paper is Being Resourceful When Your Hands are Tied which was co-written with Danny Faught.
The January 2004 edition of Professional Tester contains an article about self education and practise. The article was entitled “Help Yourself”.