Checklists

Checklists

What do successful software teams, surgeons, train services, and astronauts have in common? Apart from technical excellence in their specific fields, they have checklists to avoid catastrophic errors. For astronauts, it’s not abiding to protocol for the space station that may cause millions of dollars of failure and human death. For surgeons, it’s surgically removing … [Read more…]

Entry Criterias

When a process is brand new and not bound by time or resources, it will lead to the initiation of tasks or objectives to reach the goal in an inefficient manner. For example, you need to bake a cake, you go to the store and buy the ingredients. You get back home and then you … [Read more…]

Beware of Automation

nly use automation when it advances your mission of testing. Evaluate your automation only when it has helped to achieve your mission

Only use automation when it advances your mission of testing. Evaluate your automation only when it has helped to achieve your mission You should only use automation when it advances your mission of testing. Evaluate your automation only when it has helped to achieve your mission. This post describes four items that you should be wary of when you … [Read more…]

How to fail at testing

Pouring coffee - ugh, a guide on how to fail at testing.  

Pouring coffee. Ugh, a guide on how to fail at testing. There are lessons to be learned from failure, if only we are willing to find an examine them. This is a guide on how to fail at testing.   Software testing is used everywhere and its importance is becoming more required to ensure released products … [Read more…]

What does a tester do?

Success is the whole team's responsibility.

Success is the whole team’s responsibility. What does the tester do?  They question everything, they bear responsibility for the success of the project, and is the gatkeeper to releases. Question everything You can test without asking questions, but you will not test well. Asking yourself questions is critical to the success of the project. Without … [Read more…]

The Testing Strategy

Pencil shavings around a pencil and a pencil sharpener on an open notebook

Pencil shavings around a pencil and a pencil sharpener on an open notebook The test strategy is the set of ideas that guide your test process to fulfill your mission. The test strategy is shaped by asking yourself what your mission is, who’s affected, and how much time do you have. Ultimately, we have a … [Read more…]

The Main Test Heuristics to consider

Putting the pieces together

Putting the pieces together Test Heuristics A heuristic is a shortcut or go-to models that allows people to solve problems and make decisions more effectively. These strategies shorten the time to make decisions and allow people to function without stopping to think about their next course of action.  Doesn’t it sound good? In testing it’s … [Read more…]