Exploring Exploratory Testing

Exploratory testing seems to be the “it” word of software testing these days. Everyone from high profile consultants to newbie testers are talking about exploratory testing. My nature (similar to that of many testers) is to be a bit of a naysayer, and because of that, I’ve often tried to find holes in exploratory testing…


SDETs at Microsoft

Some time ago, MS began hiring primarily people with a programming background (industry or educational background) for test positions. As far as I know, there was no press announcement, but the idea seems to have worked its way into the overall global test community. Of course, anyone not close to information draws their own conclusions…


The happy path should always pass

I was in a discussion with some other test architects at work today. We were talking about challenges in testing, and at one point in our discussion someone mentioned his frustration in finding bugs in the basic functionality of an application or interface. Many, many years ago, I thought it was cool to find basic functionality…


About Certifications

I was listening to talk radio on the way home from work last night, and the topic of discussion was the recent crane accident a few miles from Microsoft in Bellevue. The focus of the discussion was on the capability of the crane operator, and one of the hosts kept asking if the operator was…


Thoughts from the week

I’ll post this tomorrow, but currently I’m somewhere over the northern US or southern Canada returning from a week in the Boston area. I spent the last week talking to testers from Groove and Softricity. Technically, I was delivering training, but all I really did was talk about testing all week. I don’t claim to…


Where do they get this stuff?

In the “if it’s on the internet, it must be true?” category is this article and quote from it-director.com (Malik Arjun originally brought the article to my attention) The ratio of testers to programmers is now 3:1. This has given Microsoft another headache as they try and recruit good testers with the technical and personal ability to…


Blogging from the east coast

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that part of my job at Microsoft involves conducting training sessions; and three to four times a year the training occurs outside of Redmond. This week, I’m teaching in Boston (actually, North of Boston in Beverly, MA). The Groove offices are in Beverly, and a few testers from Softricity will…


Baseball and software

I have a talk at sasqag last Thursday. I got a lot of great feedback and comments, and I got a chance to talk about some of the ideas I’ve been batting around for the last year or two. (I spoke of how far software test has come during my career and how far it…


Debugging 100A

I have a couple of posts lined up in addition to this, but while doing some blog maintenance I discovered that this post will be my100th post, so it seemed appropriate to pick the post that “100” in the title. I had a few supportive comments on the predecessor to this post and wanted to follow…


Five questions with me

Michael Hunter tracked me down for his five questions interview series. The interview can be found on the Doctor Dobbs Journal website here.