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Test your roadmap

Within agile projects roadmaps are used to define the releases and get insight in de dependencies between the various teams that are working on the release. An example of a roadmap is given below. A roadmap is a one pager … Continue reading

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Getting a grip on your agile maturity using the ambition chart

“Improvements planned in the retrospective do not stand on their own. What is the ambition of your team and how do you share these?” That is the main statement of the talk I gave today at the Agile Testing Days … Continue reading

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Survival techniques for testers, beyond the T-shape tester

Tuesday 3 November Jan Jaap Cannegieter and I gave a tutorial workshop at the EuroSTAR conference. In this wisdom of the crowd session we searched for and defined our future. Main question throughout the workshop was: How do we survive … Continue reading

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Where do testers spend their time?

On the EuroSTAR testhuddle I found a blog by Chantal called “Why Software Testers Can’t test.” In this blog she asks the reader what we think testers love doing the most. “The answer”, she states, “might surprise non-testers out there. The answer … 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 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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Not all test techniques are test design techniques

Strangely enough, when I discus test techniques with testers, they think I’ll am talking about test design techniques. Althoug the design techniques form the inner core of our work, theBut there are far more techniques that worth using. They can … Continue reading

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New Column: Taste wheel for testers

What language do we use when we want to express our experience with the application that we have just tested? In coffee land (but also in whiskey land) they use a taste (or flavor) wheel to describe tastes that you … Continue reading

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Networking event on EuroSTAR

I hope to see you at the EuroSTAR network event: The term conference is closely related to the term conferring, consulting each other. Visiting the EuroSTAR conferences gives you many opportunities to do so. The track and keynote presentations deliver a lot of valuable information that … Continue reading

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Progress reporting with the Subway Map

Progress reporting can be cumbersome. You want to get your message across and provide detailed information, but long tables and lists do not appeal to the reader. Subway maps have been developed to give insight in progress, bottlenecks and dependencies. … Continue reading

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Smoke test templates

Last week I gave a workshop to identify and define the test processes used at the test department of a customer. Part of the workshop is identifing deliverables and stakeholders During this workshop we stumbled upon the smoke test of … Continue reading

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The human factor in IT

A few days left for and then I’ll be providing the seminar “The Human Factor in IT”. This Seminar is the first that we give in co-operation with SDU Publishers. Read the full description (in Dutch) in de SDU Site … Continue reading

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Valori Lean/Kanban experience

St. Nicholas did not have enough helpers to pack all his gifts. Employees of one of our customers helped the St. Nicholas a hand. This defines the setting of an active afternoon in which the employees received an introduction into … Continue reading

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What we can learn from the Gauls (Asterix)

Column published in the QA:News. “Recently I reread some of my Asterix comics. In one of the romans try to sell menhirs to the wealthy citizens of Rome. A great advertising campaign is launched with big shows in the colosseum … Continue reading

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Column Bits&Chips

Read my new column in the Bits&Chips magazine: Testplan of Schelmenroman?

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