How Professional Testers Think: Why Microsoft primarily hires testers with a Computer Science, Math or Engineering background?

The easiest thing to criticize is that which one does not fully comprehend. There has been a lot of discussion lately about Jerome Groopman’s book How Doctor’s Think and a correlation between doctors in the medical profession and software testers. The book is an excellent read, and provides readers with valuable insights not only with…

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Blindly buying into rumor and innuendo: or how to lose stock in your credibility

It never ceases to amaze me that every time we see a calamity involving software the immediate reaction of the sensationalist media types and other people who are generally misinformed is to blame inadequate testing. Recently, it seems that Joel Spolsky not only fell victim to rumors and misinformation, but also to the lunacy of…

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Putting the Context back in Context-driven testing

Tonight I was having dinner at the superb Italian restaurant L’Olivo along the canal in Nyhaven, Denmark with my 5 year old daughter. She was slightly upset because they didn’t have chocolate mousse on the dessert menu so when the waiter came by to take our order she neglected to say ‘please.’ I reminded her…

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Exploratory testing vs. Scripted testing; Is it really only either or?

I just left Stockholm after spending a week there. That was my second visit to Stockholm and it is truly a remarkable city. I spoke at EuroStar which is the largest software testing conference in Europe, and had the opportunity to meet some old friends and colleagues as well as chat with many other speakers…

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