google v. microsoft, and the dev:test ratio debate

Every since I gave a talk at Google’s GTAC event here in Seattle this past October, I’ve had the chance to interact with a number of Google testers comparing and contrasting our two companies’ approach to testing. It’s been a good exchange. Now it seems that, their toilets notwithstanding, Google focuses on testing with an…

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poor promotion prospects for testers? (dirty MS laundry)

As a result of my last post, I got this email from a Microsoft tester whom I work with fairly regularly and admire deeply: “Yet how many Partner or Distinguished Engineer ICs in test do you see? How many testers get onto bench programs vs dev/pm? Throughout my career at microsoft I’ve seen the cream…

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keeping testers in test

I did a webinar for UTest.com today and got some great questions. One question seemed to really resonate: how do you keep good testers from moving to development. I hear this question a lot. Many engineers see test as a training ground for development. A testing job is just a foot in the door for…

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software tester wanted

Position requires comparing an insanely complicated, poorly documented product to a nonexistent or woefully incomplete specification. Help from original developers will be minimal and given grudgingly. Product will be used in environments that vary widely with multiple users, multiple platforms, multiple languages and other such impossibilities yet unknown but just as important. Performance, security and…

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no more testers?

I gave a keynote at EuroSTAR on the future of software testing where I began by painting a picture of the promise of software as an indispensible tool that will play a critical role in solving some of humankind’s most vexing problems. Software, I argued, provides the magic necessary to help scientists find solutions for…

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manual v. automated testing again

In my Future series I was accused of supporting both sides of the manual v. automated debate and flip-flopping like an American politician who can’t decide whether to kiss the babies or their moms. Clearly this is not an either-or proposition. But I wanted to supply some clarity in how I think about this. This…

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speaking of Google …

Actually, it is more like speaking at Google as I am headed to GTAC tomorrow to give the newest version of my Future of Testing talk.  Hope to see you there. I’ve received tons of feedback on my blog posts about the future. So much so that I spent most of this past weekend integrating…

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the future of software testing (part 8)

Testing Beyond Release This is the final part of my series on the future of testing. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. For this post I’ve saved what might be one of the more controversial of my predictions: namely that in the future we will ship test code with our products and be able to exercise…

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the future of software testing (part 7)

Testers as Designers Modern testers play largely a role of late cycle heroics that often goes unappreciated come review and bonus time. When we find the big bug it is because we were supposed to … that’s the expectation. When we miss the big bug, people ask questions. It’s often a case of ignored-if-you-do and…

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the empire at star west

If you only attend one conference on testing, I recommend STAR (East or West). It remains the biggest conference and trade show in the industry and all the best speakers are on their keynote circuit. Unfortunately, I am going to miss next week’s event in California. Fortunately, the empire will be well represented in both…

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