Context or what?

There’s been a lot of conversations recently on twitter about context. Specifically, the context-driven-school of software testing, which says that the way we do our work should be (strongly) influenced by the business problems we are currently living in. I went into some detail on this earlier in the week in an interview with the […]

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Laws of Software Development

Gerald M. Weinberg has two books Secrets of Consulting and More Secrets of Consulting that have a number of guides, rules of thumb, advice, rubrics, and so on. I found these immensely helpful. At the same time I am reluctant to use the term ‘law’ (as in Newton’s laws) – because ‘law’ implies that the […]

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Agile Testing Preview

If you’d like to hear a basic seat-of-the-pants overview of my current thinking on agile testing, you might want to check out my interview with David Starr on his podcast “Elegant Code.” He just put the interview up on the web today. The audio quality is a little choppy in parts, but I’m more interested […]

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Should I automate a test for tab order?

We’ve been discussing tab-order tests on my discussion list, SW-Improve, and also the Software Testing Yahoo Group. Elisabeth Hendrickson (or “ESH”, for short) put out a post on SW-IMPROVE that said that, while automating browser tests might be prohibitively expensive for many shops, she found that high-functioning agile shops doing acceptance-test driven development often had […]

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CYA’s don’t

John McConda posted to the Software-Testing Yahoo Group yesterday, asking if it made sense to get rid of a test suite that took 2 people full time to maintain – yet never, ever, found a single bug, since he had been hired six months before. This is my reply: John McConda:>I feel like the suite […]

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30th Anniversary of the Spreadsheet

On the Software-Testing Yahoo Group lately, we’ve been debating the pros and cons of W. Edwards Deming. Among that group, I am surprisingly pro-Deming. Here’s a quote from his wikipedia page that I particularly like: Deming realized that many important things that must be managed couldn’t be measured. Both points are important. One, not everything […]

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This is how we do it …

Adina Levin, our VP of Products, presented “how we develop software at Socialtext” yesterday at a meeting of the Silicon Valley Product Management Association. Slides: Socialtext Distributed Agile View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: qa product) UPDATE: I’m trying to add more multimedia to Creative Chaos, but keeping it in the < 10 […]

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Black-belt testing challenge – II

(A hint) The challenge involves watching a video that introduces a simple web-based application, and describes a testing strategy – then identifying your own testing strategy for the same web-based app, and defending your answer. You can email me to join the challenge (matt.heusser@gmail.com) or leave non-revealing questions or comments on the blog itself.

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