Integrating ALM

Big vendors of test and development tools have traditionally had their areas of strength (HP in testing, IBM in project management for example). But in recent years they’ve rebranded their solution sets to cover the whole application lifecycle: HP Quality Center has become Application Lifecycle Management (ALM); and IBM’s ClearCase and ClearQuest were replaced by […]

Synergetic Testing

“Oh, so you play casino games all day…” I have a fantastic life. It’s true… I have a great private life, and my work life is truly awesome! I bet you don’t hear many testers say that. I read so many horror stories  about the lives of other testers who suffer at the hands of […]

Tshirts For Everyone, At TestBash!

Made possible by our sponsor, BugBuster. TestBash is entering its 4th year of existence and it has come a long way.  Being grass roots, bootstrapped and community driven at every possible angle we’ve grown from a 60 person event to (our capacity of) 250 last year.  We hope to achieve similar numbers of awesome testers for our next […]

Being a Braver Tester

Let me stir up some courage and be honest with you – I’ve been a tester for almost eight years but it’s only in the last three that I would I say that I have been a really good tester. So what was this magical elixir that caused a transformation?  What major life event occurred, […]

The Thinks I Didn’t Think*

Examples of defects customers find A few months back, I had written an article for The Software Testing Club about making a personal statement about ‘not quality’.   In that statement you would describe your reaction to defects that customers find in your project/software, i.e., as a tester what would you do to find those defects […]

About Closure

When I’m in a testing activity I want my test cases [Passed], my user stories [done] and my coffee [black].  Stuff may have a start point, some states in between and an end state. Lets look at ways to represent states and articulate the meaning of states. One way to illustrate status about the product […]

The Mobile Test Pyramid

Anyone who is involved in software testing and software test automation should know the test automation pyramid introduced by Mike Cohn. As you can see in the following image, the typical pyramid consists of three layers. At the bottom, there is the automated unit-testing layer, in the middle the automated integration testing layer and at […]