Category Archives: Column

End-to-end testing in agile projects

  Together with colleague Kelvin Geerlings I wrote a (dutch) blogpost in which we shared our experiences we had with End-to-End testing in larger agile projects.  The end-t0-end integration is a difficult challenge for agile teams that are good development teams, … Continue reading

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Do not become a bottleneck for the agile project

Last November, during the EuroSTAR conference, I was asked to give a soapbox speech in the grand hall. During this “lightning strikes the keynotes” session I stated that if we testers don’t make haste with our test improvements we’ll become the … Continue reading

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What job did you think you’d be in?

In an interview I gave I was confronted with the question “What did you want to become when you were in college and how much of that can be found in your current job?” Suddenly I remembered that I wrote … Continue reading

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Move beyond the T-shape

Rob Lambert, Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory worked on a great model called the T-shaped tester. Where the horizontal stands for our generic skills and competences. The vertical in the T describes our specialism. In my previous column – G(r)ood testing 16 – … Continue reading

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With SCRUM a shorter time-to-market ?

I got some requests to discus the effectiveness of SCRUM and its impact on the time to market. Triggered by these questions I wrote an article  which is published on our own company blog. In it I state that if … Continue reading

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How good are your collaboration skills?

I often encounter discussions on testers competences. One, who believes testing is an easy job, should try a search on the Internet. He’d be surprised how many competences are associated with good testing. Being a tester, what skills should you focus … Continue reading

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G(r)ood testing- the full list

I noticed some of the links were broken in publications section, EuroSTAR has moved some of the G(r)ood testing columns to a new place. I have updated the links, so you can acces them again. While I am at it, … Continue reading

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Agile in the real world, a co-production with Bits & Chips Magazine

Success is created by sharing knowledge. Together with Bits & Chips magazine Valori plans to publish an e-book: “Implementing Agile in the real world”. In this new ebook experience stories will take a dominant position. What problems are organizations facing when … Continue reading

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Explosive software- when risks do count

The latest edition of G(r)ood testing, my monthly column on the EuroSTAR community pages is out. Last night Daragh from Qualtech put it online. The column is inspired by discussion I had about Failure Mode Effect Analysis that is often done in the petrochemical industry.  It made … Continue reading

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Co-operation a wanted skill

In the November issue of Bits & Chips magazine I wrote a article about a simulation game called the SCRUM battle. In the same issue I published my monthly column with a related topic: Cooperation skills are getting more in demand. … Continue reading

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Test Strategy Revisited

An effective test strategy Should clearly be based on the input from the stakeholders, It should give directions to the tester in what to test, but give him/her the freedom to define tests on the basis of his/her test-, system- … Continue reading

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Explosive Software

Today I uploaded the PDF of my Bits & Chips Column. In this edition of the column I compare the way we perform Risk Analysis in IT and in the petrochemical industry. As I state in the column, in the … Continue reading

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The power of not knowing

During my studies I was once automating a research environment. In a meeting the teacher asked, “You do refer to the red machine, don’t you?” My research partner and I doubted, but afraid to strike a goof nodded yes. One … Continue reading

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Test Automation is an Industry standard

With the Test Automation Day coming up next Thursday, I decided to dedicate my new column on the EuroSTAR community pages to this topic also: I’ll explain how the adoption to tool aided tests is influenced by: Economics, Different systems … Continue reading

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The 3 phases of Test Automation

This week all subscribers of Bits & Chips magazine received the issue pictured above. For this issue I wrote a column about the 3 phases in Test Automation. The article describes how to deal with the organizational aspects of introducing … Continue reading

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