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Apr 26, 2006 - 5 minute read - Blog CompendiumDev

Can the words that we use affect our thinking

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.

Apr 26, 2006 - 4 minute read - CompendiumDev Tools

How to cope without MS Project

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.

Apr 26, 2006 - 1 minute read - CompendiumDev WebWatch

3 Useful Questions, GS

What do you mean? How do you know? What then? from driveyourselfsane.com Articles on General Semantics from the European Society for General Semantics.

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

Ivor Cutler (R.I.P)

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

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

Excel For Test Data Generation

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

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

Descriptive Words And Software Testing

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).

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

Alternative Test Tools in Action

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.

Oct 20, 2003 - 10 minute read - Evil Tester Training

Tom Gilb Competitive Engineering Courses

Requirements are a tricky business. As testers, we know that a lot of the ‘finished’ requirements we see require investigation on our part to find out ‘how’ we can actually test them and to get to the core of what the requirement actually means. We also know that the development process is notorious for claiming that users changed their requirements, and kept changing them as the development process continued. So structured processes prefer to avoid change, and extreme processes embrace change.

Aug 15, 2002 - 4 minute read - Essays Evil Tester

T.O.T.E - Test, Operate, Test, Exit for Software Testing

Wherein the TOTE (Test Operate Test Exit) model is used to explore the nature of feedback and abstraction of test phases In 1960, George Miller proposed a model of Goal driven behavior which he titled T.O.T.E (Test operate test exit). This essay, maps the T.O.T.E model to Software Testing. Fig 1: The TOTE Model as a Graph My understanding of TOTE is very simple. For this model to be valid we have to accept that the stimulus behind behavior is the achievement of a Goal.

Apr 1, 2002 - 4 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

Popular testing phrases #57 - Testing should start early

This is a fantastic phrase, it has been popular and it has worked; testing now starts earlier and testing has a higher profile than ever before, but despite all that, it isn’t what we meant or even what we really needed. Back in the depths of despair that was the Software Crisis. Testers managed to bellow a rallying cry “Testing should start early!” Testers could be found picketing management and development meetings with ‘V-model’ placards and T-shirts with ‘cost of defect’ bar charts emblazoned.