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Feb 8, 2008 - 4 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

ISEB, and the train that won't stop going

What an easy target ISEB makes, it comes in for a lot of criticism. And I think it should. To an outsider like myself the certification train looks like a money spinning exercise, why else keep cranking out certification levels? I wonder what they could do to change my perception… ISEB currently promotes 4 testing certification levels - the Foundation, Intermediate, Practitioner Test Manager and Practitioner Test Analyst. I find it too easy to believe that ISEB has money making intentions rather than the ‘profession’s best intentions to hand.

Feb 6, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

My notes on how to study for ISEB foundation

While trawling through my hard drive on a deletion frenzy, I found my old notes on what I did to pass the ISEB foundation exam. Bear in mind that I made these notes in 2003 and the ISEB syllabus has moved on since. But I have updated all the links and someone might find my updated notes useful. Original Notes - with up to date links. Hints and tips The questions get written from the syllabus - know the syllabus The definitions come from the glossary - forget what you think you know if you want to pass - learn the definitions in the glossary The techniques come from the BS7925, read and understand this At the end of your study, if you feel like doing something adventurous then read the practitioner syllabus for extra depth Mandatory Study the syllabus in conjunction with the Glossary of terms used in software testing and the BS7925 standard Build a mind map or set of study notes for the syllabus to summarise what you think important Check your understanding and notes against the definitions in the glossary and the standards Learn some memory techniques and general exam techniques.

Feb 4, 2008 - 5 minute read - Book Reviews CompendiumDev

Book Review: Testing Computer Software by Kaner, Falk, Nguyen

I thought I’d read this again for review purposes. I didn’t expect it to surprise me, but it did, massively. One of the most realistic testing books available, starting almost immediately in the preface discussion “Its not done by the book”. The book sets out its target audience as simply “the person doing the testing” [amazon.com][amazon.co.uk] ”…find and flag problems in a product, in the service of improving its quality. your reports of unreliability in the human-computer system are appropriate and important…You are one of few who will examine the full product in detail before it is shipped.

Feb 4, 2008 - 7 minute read - Book Reviews CompendiumDev

Book Review: Systematic Software Testing by Rick Craig & Stefan Jaskiel

Anytime I approach a book now I try to get my initial prejudices and preconceptions sorted and out of my head to let me approach the book more clearly. My initial preconceptions of Systematic Software Testing have led to it sitting on my shelf for a long time. I’ve seen Rick lecture and he does that very well, a little overly metric focused compared to my general approach, but presumably that has worked for him and his clients in the past.

Feb 1, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

ISEB testing certification, fear, and the hiring dilemma

At EuroSTAR 2007 Michael Bolton started the conference off with “Why I am not Certified” - Michael had obviously kept more up to date on the ISEB progress than I. I looked at the ISEB site recently, and now I feel uneasy. I know that the people who started all this certification had ‘industry’ and possibly ‘profession’ best intentions in mind I assume that the people involved still do have those intentions.

Jan 30, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

I thought you were a tester but... you're programming

I state no “MUST”s in here, you don’t “HAVE” to know how to program to work effectively as a tester but…when you do know how to program, then you have more options. How many more? Well… “Reasons to be cheerful - one, two, three…” Reasons why I have found it useful to have programming knowledge: Speak to the developers in their own language – build relationships with the development team Different languages have their own problems and idioms – useful to know these Different languages have to make different physical decisions when implementing logical designs Implement custom test tool utilities – metric collating, defect management, data generation Use existing test tool APIs and customise your test tools e.

Jan 28, 2008 - 5 minute read - Book Reviews CompendiumDev

Book Review: Software Testing by Ron Patton

This review actually covers the 1st edition, and not the current 2nd edition. I read this a long time ago - made my notes and have subsequently lost them. So I start again. My basic memory from the last time I read it recalled as: “a good book for beginners”. So I’ll see what a second reading does for me. [amazon.com][amazon.co.uk] The first section of the book gives a basic introduction to software testing based on pragmatism.

Jan 24, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

How to find out where the time goes

jWorkSheet is one of the secret tools that form part of my productivity armoury. What does it do? Why do I use it?…. Well, I work across multiple projects and if I like to be able to see which projects are taking most of my time. If I don’t track my time I get to the end of the day and go “so what did I do all day?”. If you face a similar issue then…jWorkSheet might help you.