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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Black-belt testing challenge

I’ve got a black-belt thinking analysis problem I am working on. It is non-trivial; your expected involvement would be on the order of 1.5 hours. At this point, /I/ am not 100% certain that /I/ have confidence in my own answer to the challenge. If you are interested, drop me an email: matt.heusser@gmail.com

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James Bach on Test Improvement

James is one of the best-known skilled testers in the world – and he can explain his ideas well. Those three things are key: 1) He’s made an effort to heard above the din (“well known”). That means he is involved in the community. Unless a tester is involved in the community – they may […]

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New Blog Up

Happy New Year! It’s time to try something new! I’ve decided to try a little experiment and split my blog, based on my interests. Creative Chaos will remain an exploration of dynamics in development, with a focus on testing and systems thing. My new blog, The Craft Of Software will be about how we approach […]

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"Correct" Requirements

Warning: This is one of my, how shall I say it – more “opinionated” posts. It is geared toward a specific audience; I posted it as a reply on the Agile-Testing Discussion list. Concepts like “right” and “wrong” requirements “before design can begin” assume that: (1) The customer can speak with one voice,(2) The customer […]

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My Agile 2009 Proposals

Bit by bit, the Agile movement grew until it was massive. So now you have people – thousands of them – eager to learn how to develop software the ‘agile’ way. And testing is part of that. I can either choose to be a part of that discussion, or, well … not. So I am […]

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New Testing Challenge – V

(The next installment in the New Test Challenge Series) My next steps on the testing challenge depend on the reaction I get to the first attempt. Let’s say I get failures accross the board. Massive failures, but the manager is overwhelmed. He meets with me and feels genuinely chagrined that this could happen. Well, I’d […]

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What has Matt been up to?

Well, a lot, but blogging hasn’t been among them. Here’s what’s up: The December issue of Software Test&Performance Magazine is out. You can download the issue here; our column, which is on test automation, begins on page 7. I’ve joined the software-craftsmen Google group. I believe the Craftsperson movement has two great potentials: One, to […]

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SideBar – II

The test challenge is my attempt to explain that skill, practice, and critical thinking – the things no defined process can create – matter in software development – in the same way they matter in Golf, Music, or Art. That good testing, and good thinking, can be learned. I’ve only been doing this kind of […]

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New Testing Challenge – IV

So let’s see here. We have a simple test project on it’s face. Management hired us to figure out if the store if following a set of rules. I hope you agree this is a real, critical thinking test problem. If we substitute “rules” for “requirements”, we find this is very similar to a real […]

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