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May 4, 2008 - 10 minute read - Evil Tester Rants

A Short History of my ISEB Software Testing Certification involvement

Back in 2001? 2002? Back whenever I noticed the ISEB certification starting, I thought “Hmm… how strange, I wonder why they would want to do this”. I read an early draft of the syllabus online and thought “Well this seems fairly simple, but misses out a lot of stuff that I do in the real world, but what harm could it cause?” After the unleashing of the foundation certification, and training and examining began in earnest, I remember reading a trade press advert that offered a “High paid career in testing after one week of training and gaining the ISEB certification” (or words to that effect).

May 4, 2008 - 1 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

I Care

I’m Sure it seems as though I’m Evil. But it’s only because I care.

Apr 28, 2008 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Question: Which applications do you use during interviews to 'see' how candidates do exploratory testing?

After a discussion about passion and interviewing testers I started to rethink how I conduct interviews and I think that in the future I will use MS Paint as an application to see how candidates approach testing. A long time ago, I wrote my own little app for use during interviews. You can play with it if you like - it has many deliberately injected bugs - so no raising defect reports with me, but feel free to share any experiences that you have with it.

Apr 22, 2008 - 4 minute read - Books Evil Tester

5 books I recommend to software testers that most testers have probably never read

What testing books should I read?” such a hard question to answer in a land where a testing book that has value at one point in your career ceases to have value later on. I do have some books that I recommend to testers, entirely ignoring their context - ha… see… Eeeevil… So… 5 books, not about testing, that could  change the way you think about testing (or my taste in books).

Apr 18, 2008 - 5 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Challenge your assumptions and presuppositions to identify usefulvariation

Any curious tester can find a number of published heuristic documents out there on the web (James Bach, Elisabeth Hendrickson) ‘Heuristics’ appear regularly on blog posts. (Mike Kelly, Ainars Galvans, Scott Barber, David Gilbert) In this post I aim to show you an easy way of identifying new test ideas without recourse to heuristics, on a case by case basis, to allow you to add further depth to your own test explorations.

Apr 18, 2008 - 4 minute read - Book Reviews CompendiumDev

Book Review: Working Effectively with Legacy Code by Michael C. Feathers

In the foreword Robert Martin tells us that other patterns exist for preventing bad code, and this this book helps us reverse the rot, to “…turn systems that gradually degrade into systems that gradually improve.” Since the provided definition of “Legacy code” describes “code without tests”, you can apply the approaches presented at any point in a project where you discover that the code does not have tests. And depending on the level of ‘rot’ you can pick and choose from the various techniques presented.

Apr 11, 2008 - 7 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Software Testing Lessons from Brief Counselling and Therapy

Brief Therapy (and other therapeutic models)) provides me with some useful ‘heuristics’, approaches and techniques to apply during my testing. Brief Therapy - often called Solutions Focused Therapy concentrates on moving the client towards the ‘solution’ that they want to achieve through the therapy process. Different from problem focused therapy which concentrate on the problems that led to whatever situation and symptoms the client currently faces. I have read a fair few Brief Therapy books in the past, but this particular blog posting comes after reading “Brief Counselling: Narratives and Solutions” by Judith Milner and Patrick O’byrne - not a great book but a solid and ‘brief’ useful overview.