Category Archives: G(r)ood testing

How to boost Unit testing as a Functional Tester

Last September I joined the 21st testing retreat which was held in France. The testing Retreat is an annual peer conference where senior testers from various countries meet and spent their weekend together to talk about the profession. During the … Continue reading

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Successful testing in waterfall projects? Agile goes undercover

Agile goes undercover on the EuroSTAR community pages. [image: www.reverbnation.com] With Eric van de Mark, I was having a discussion on how we can improve testing when we are working in a traditional waterfall context. Often we can benefit a lot from … Continue reading

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Improving application security, where to start?

For my column G(r)ood testing 21: Improving application security, where to start? I interviewed Tim Hemel, co-author of the Framework Secure Software that has been launched by the Secure Software foundation. During the interview we discussed security testing and how testers can … Continue reading

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Applying Agile beyond Software development

My latest issue of G(r)ood Testing is inspired by a blog of Mike Cohn from Mountain Goat Software. In his blog Mike investigates the application of agile outside the world of the software development. I like to contribute with two examples of my own. … 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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SCRUM and the time-to-market

I get many questions about the effectiveness of SCRUM. “To what extend does an organization benefit from SCRUM?”, they ask me, “What are arguments for or against the adoption of it?” Good questions.Check out the latest edition of G(r)ood Testing. … Continue reading

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Beyond the T-shape: The Broken Comb

In response to my previous post, John Stevenson kindly pointed me toward an article by Brittany Hunter, who claims to be a poly-skilled software designer. Does she adopt the T-shape? In her article on the broken comb she explains why this model … 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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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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Sharing the 4th lesson of Test Automation on the Test Automation Day

Thursday 18 June the Test Automation Day will be held in the WTC Rotterdam. Together with Ard Kramer I will present the 4th lesson of test automation on the Test Automation Day. The presentation will be our experience story on the … Continue reading

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G(r)ood testing 13: The Context is Us

Test Process improvements are driven by the context. In our search for the optimal test approach, we assess the systems, the development methodology or the risks that we cover. However, there is a much bigger factor that we often overlook. … Continue reading

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G(r)ood Testing 12: knowledge of plane crashes can help to prevent IT disasters

In my new column is a follow-up on the G(r)ood Testing 11- Explosive software – when risks do count. In this 12th edition of G(r)ood testing I talk about the lessons that we can learn from space and air disasters: Unlike in the average software … Continue reading

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Combining errors into disaster scenario’s?

In my new column is a follow-up on the G(r)ood Testing 11- Explosive software – when risks do count. In the 12th edition I like to talk about the lesson we learn from space and air disasters: Should we combine errors … 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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G(r)ood Testing 10: User Centered Risk based Test Stories

My last column for 2014 is on user centered risk based test stories (yes, it’s quite a mouthful). It is a follow-up on last months column. This one discussed an alternative way of creating an effective test strategy. You can read … Continue reading

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