Can the words that we use affect our thinking

Apr 26, 2006 - 5 minute read - Blog CompendiumDev

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.

How to cope without MS Project

Apr 26, 2006 - 4 minute read - CompendiumDev Tools

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.

3 Useful Questions, GS

Apr 26, 2006 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

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 (R.I.P)

Apr 26, 2006 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester WebWatch

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

Excel For Test Data Generation

Mar 15, 2005 - 1 minute read - Essays Evil Tester

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

I am a bug - Book Review

Mar 14, 2005 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Book Reviews

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A book review of the Children’s Software Testing Classic “I Am A Bug” by Rob Sabourin, suitable for everyone.

Book Cover for I Am A Bug


Descriptive Words And Software Testing

Feb 15, 2005 - 1 minute read - Essays Evil Tester

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).

Being Resourceful when your hands are tied

Aug 4, 2004 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester Articles

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”.


Alternative Test Tools in Action

Mar 15, 2004 - 4 minute read - Essays Evil Tester

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. pdf pdfpdfpdf 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.

Help Yourself - Self Education for Software Testers

Jan 4, 2004 - 8 minute read - Evil Tester Articles

The January 2004 edition of Professional Tester contains an article about self education and practise. The article was entitled “Help Yourself”.