Professionalism and the professional tester

I am quite surprised by some rather passionate objections by some individuals over my use of the word “professional” when I refer to individuals who choose software testing or development, or any other role in the production of software as a career choice. So, let me clarify upfront that when I preface the word tester with the…

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More on generating strings with random Unicode characters

Well, for those of you living outside the Pacific Northwest you are probably unaware of the recent wind storm with winds gusting to 60+ miles per hour that left more than 1 million people on the eastern side of the state without power. The damage was pretty extensive, and since I live in a fairly remote…

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The future of testing

I spent the last week in beautiful Denmark teaching at our offices in Vedbeak. I really like Denmark. The people are absolutely wonderful, the city of Copenhagen is magnificently rich with history, and of course the beer is delicious. Of all the places I have traveled, I must admit Copenhagen is easily one of the top…

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Are software metrics and measurements really important?

On a recent flight back from Boston to Seattle I decided to read Measuring the Software Process: A practical guide to functional measurements by David Garmus and David Herron. The book does a really good job of explaining functional points, what they are, how to identify them, and how to use them for scheduling estimates,…

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Software testing certifications

I am often asked by new testers if certifications in software testing are something they should pursue, and if certifications are viewed favorably by employers. Let me begin by stating I am not a big fan of certifications, but that is not to say they may not have value. Also, I am not against tester training. In fact, if…

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More on globalization testing and random Unicode string generation

After a week in Boston presenting at the 3rd Software Testing and Performance Conference I am relaxing in Baltimore (where I grew up) visiting family and friends. For the second year in a row I presented a workshop on functional and structural testing techniques, and also presented a double-track session on GUI test automation using…

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StarWest 2006 presentation – Testing for Global Customers

I recently presented a talk on a globalization testing; a topic I think is really interesting, yet I find that most people try to ignore the topic for various reasons. I think that when people start talking about globalization or internationalization testing, some testers and developers shut down mentally. I have heard some devs and testers say, “I don’t know how…

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Allpairs, pairwise, combinatorial analysis

Last week I went to StarWest as a presenter and as a track chair to introduce speakers. Being a track chair is wonderful because you get to interface more closely with other speakers. Anyway…one of the speakers I introduced was Jon Bach. Jon is a good public speaker, and I was pleasantly surprised that he was doing a…

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Peopleware: A must read for everyone (especially managers)

I recently went to Portland, and when I am there I make it a point to always stop by Powells Book Store. They have a whole building about the size of a typical Barnes & Noble dedicated to technical books. It had been several years since I had read Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco and…

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End the segregation of the four schools of testing

Pushed by a response to an earlier post, I decided to stop procrastinating and get out my thoughts on the ‘schools’ of testing before others try to put a label on me. I am not a big fan of the ‘so-called’ 4 schools of testing. I don’t like segregation of any form because it can lead to biased…

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