Certification – III

I wanted to write something on certification for April Fool’s Day but Scott Ambler beat me to it. (Shakes Fist at Scott!) Actually, for something serious: In theory, I am not opposed to a skills-based certification. For example, I understand that for the Cisco Router test, they plunk you down in a networked operations center […]

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The World Agile Certification Board

It turns out there’s a group called the world agile certification board that is going to, ta-da, certify agile developers and testers and such. You can google them; I won’t link to them because I don’t believe they need any more google juice. I thought about writing a long reply, but it turns out there […]

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Big Testing Up Front

Hey, if I don’t have time to create content, can I re-use it? My latest post to the Agile-Testing Discussion Group: — In agile-testing@yahoogroups.com, Steven Gordon wrote:Again, that is not to say the exact same activities you recommend should not be done, just that they should be viewed as primarily proactive (helping determine future completion […]

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Tweet, Tweet, Tweet

The mini-semester starts next week and I am teaching IS 171 at Calvin College; Soccer Coaching starts next week, oh, and the whole family is sick, there’s that day job thing … as such, I don’t expect to be blogging much. However, in addition to Creative Choas, I also blog on twitter. Twitter is a […]

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The psychology of (test) history

In yesterday’s post, I introduced the idea of history of mathematics, and how it might be applied to testing. I followed that up with my own list of important publications that had an influence on my thinking. But let’s re-examine that for a moment. I did not create a history of the ideas in software […]

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History of Ideas in Software Testing

Yesterday I started reading Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams by Crispin and Gregory. Oh, it’s a good book. I think the authors deserve serious applause and credit. They went out into the field and asked people what really works – and waited for multiple responses before weighing in. They had […]

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GUI-Driving Tools

I posted this as a comment on James Bach’s Blog and thought it was worth sharing here: Not too long ago I had to give a demo of a GUI-Driving “test automation tool” at a conference as part of my speech; I wanted to show how brittle the GUI was and what problems you’d encounter. […]

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What’s an SDET – II

Yesterday I discussed the same test triangle – and pointed out that the test focused solely on inputs and expected results, that it was a very dev-ish test. I’d like to explain why. When you focus on inputs and expected results, I can almost see the code. It’s something like this: my $triangle_type = get_triangle_type($sidea, […]

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