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Jan 12, 2017 - 8 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

What do you do? As a Tester, when you are asked for ROI calculation

TLDR; push back, ask questions, and if all else fails - plan it as a manageable set of tasks At the Test Automation Guild I was asked a question about how we calculate ROI for Test Automation. And its a hard question for me to answer in 30 seconds when I don’t know enough about the situation the person asking the question finds themselves in. Because testers are often asked by managers for information that the manager should really be dealing with and which does not seem to add value to the process and which we are concerned trivializes or views the process from the wrong perspective.

Jan 3, 2017 - 4 minute read - Linkedin

Recognise and Improve Your Personal Test Process

I believe that everyone has a unique and personal test process. Also, when we accept this, we can grow our testing skills further and faster than if we pursue the traditional path of learning a common body of knowledge. Learn your traditions We do have a tradition of common terms and information from our ‘craft’ - techniques, tactics, and strategies. For testing we have named techniques: “Boundary Value Analysis”, “Equivalence Partition Analysis”.

Jan 2, 2017 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

Hack the JavaScript Evil Tester Sloganizer to Generate Random New Year's Resolutions

I wrote a blog post for the new year: http://blog.eviltester.com/2016/12/happy-testing-new-year-for-2017.html And in there I noted that if you go off to the Evil Tester Sloganizer and type this code for(var x=0;x<100;x++){ console.log("-" + process_sentence(sentences[30]));} Then you’ll get a bunch of New Year’s Resolutions printed out to the console e.g. : -I will try to pursue this risk further -I resolve to scrutinize requirements -I resolve to scrutinize ambiguity -I think I might just exploit this defect further -I will follow this risk further -I think I might just provide alternative alternatives -I will try to question more requirements -I will learn to test effectively -I resolved to scrutinize ambiguity -I think I might just test the lifeblood out of this system -I resolved to test the life out of this system etc.

Jan 2, 2017 - 13 minute read - Evil Tester Productivity

Lessons Learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger Applied to Software Testing

Lessons Learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger Applied to Software Testing TLDR; Start emulating people, use your job to learn, keep training,  identify other people’s strategies, experiment to see what works for you, make your own tools, harness your uniqueness. Everyone that is successful in their discipline and is prepared to tell their story, we can probably learn lessons from. Particularly if they are someone who’s really driven toward certain goals.

Dec 31, 2016 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester slogans

Happy Testing New Year (for 2017)

Happy Testing New Year (for 2017) TLDR; Happy New Year - And all the best for 2017 - resolve to make changes every day - don’t rely on a single point in the year. I try to avoid New Year’s Resolutions. I think we need to resolve to make changes every day. But… The Evil Tester Sloganizer has a resolution template visit http://eviltester.com/apps/sloganizer.html Open the Browser Dev Console Type the JavaScript Below for instant resolutions: for(var x=0;x<100;x++){ console.

Dec 30, 2016 - 2 minute read - Evil Tester Technical Testing

How to configure Postman Native Client App to use an external proxy

TLDR; to configure Postman native client app to use a proxy: use Settings to configure specific or global proxy or start it with command line parameter -proxy-server=host:port This post updated 20170911 to describe the new Settings options in Postman to configure the Proxy. postman.exe -proxy-server=localhost:8888 One of things I like about Postman Chrome App is that, because it uses Chrome, it is really easy to feed through a debug proxy like Fiddler, or Zap, etc.

Dec 16, 2016 - 7 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Software Testing Definitions and Models - How and Why to Create your own Definition

TLDR; I avoided creating a definition of software testing for a long time because I thought it would constrain me. Instead I built a model of what I did. Eventually I generalised it to a ‘definition’ - “Testing is building and comparing models of a system to the system.” [Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program.] From 29/11/2016 to 6/12/2016, every weekday, I used Instagram as a platform for creating a ‘daily thought’ on the topic of “Definition of Software Testing”.

Dec 12, 2016 - 3 minute read - Evil Tester Technical Testing

A testing challenge for you "I T.E.S.T with A.T.T.I.T.U.D.E"

TLDR; Rather than pursue viral marketing millions, I have a released a new application for you to use for experimenting with exploratory testing, techical web testing, and JavaScript hacking. You can find it at eviltester.com/apps/testwith/version/1/testwith.html Background I had a mad idea recently that I should start a merchandising section, for T-Shirts with slogans and images. And then I remembered that I tried that before and didn’t follow it up very well.

Dec 9, 2016 - 5 minute read - Dear Evil Tester Evil Tester

Taking Software Testing More Seriously By Using Humour

TLDR; Everyone can tap into humour when they are themselves and with their friends. Can you respect your work peers enough to be yourself with them and tell hard truths using humour when necessary? I was listening to an audio book by Grant Cardone this morning and he was talking about humour in the sales process, the author of this audio book. I was thinking, I use humour in software testing.

Dec 8, 2016 - 10 minute read - Evil Tester Techniques

Lessons learned and tips for testing from public bug bash events

TLDR; Tips for external public bug bash testers. This is not testing as you know it. Change your beliefs. Get ready in advance. Hit the system hard, hit it fast. Report quickly and well. Demoralise the other teams. “Congraturation! You Sucsess!” Stop the Express - ZX Spectrum - from RZX Archive youtu.be/Xze0SGFH_9s?t=1m57s Lessons learned and tips for testing from public bug bash events There seem to be a few public ‘Software Testing Cups’ and competitions.