Joe Strazzere on HWTSAM

Joe Strazzere read our book – his review is here. Thanks Joe for taking the time to read and comment.


What’s in HWTSAM

One of the suggestions I received after this post was to share the table of contents so people could get an idea of what’s inside the book. The “thud” you just heard was my hand hitting my head since this is so obvious I should have done it without any prompting. Here’s an excerpt from…


I Love Bugs

Like most testers, I love to see software bugs. I find a lot, of course, when I’m being paid to test, but sometimes they seem to follow me around. As you know, I’ve been watching the sales rank of hwtsam ever since it became available about a week ago. I mostly follow the amazon rank,…


Dammit Jim, I’m a tester, not a marketer

Over the last 7 days hwtsam appeared on and other online sites, briefly surged in sales, then tapered off into where I expected yet-another-book-on-software-testing to go. The thing about this book is that it’s not just another book on software testing. (Besides being my book), it’s more about stories and pragmatic advice than theory…



I know, I know…just what the world needs – another web site. Alas, I created anyway as a companion web site to How We Test Software At Microsoft. At this point, the content only contains HWTSAM related blog posts cross-posted from this blog, but over time, the other authors on the book will contribute,…


We’re number 1

HWTSAM has spent most of the day as the #1 selling book on software testing on The other authors and I were excited to see this, but being a realist (as most testers are), an overall sales rank in the vicinity of 10k means that we probably sold 10 or so copies today, and…


My New Addiction

The Amazon sales rank has become my new obsession. I refresh the hwtsam book page at least a dozen times a day. I smile when the numbers go up, and groan when they go down – but when they go down, I keep watching to see if they go back up again. It’s idiotic –…


The Pitch

I attended a project review meeting today – one of those where a project team presents a problem, how they’re going to solve it, and ends with some asks for support (either in buy-off, resource commitment, or both). In this particular case, it was for a people improvement-ish project, but the format was pretty much…


Waiting is hard

I would bet that all first time authors wait for the day when they their work is finally available – when they can actually see and hold the product they’ve been working on. My book was shipped to the printers a month ago, and I was told that it would be “in the distribution channel”…


TestApi – A library of Test APIs

This is just a quick plug for a new CodePlex project – TestApi TestApi is an experimental library of test and utility APIs that enables developers and testers to test WPF applications, Windows Forms applications, .NET Framework applications, and Win32 applications. TestApi provides a set of simple, documented, componentized, and layered test APIs, which complement…