REACT to Bugs

The most common artifact that testers produce are bug reports. So what do you do when you actually find a bug? You react, here’s a mnemonic that may help your process… R eproduce The cornerstone of proving a bugs existence is if you can track down steps to reproduce it. Like ghosts, bigfoot, or aliens … [Read more…]

Mental Warfare: Legacy Apps

In software we so often focus on the new, new products, new features, new technology. The thing is we don’t all get to work on the shiny new stuff, many of us spend a good amount of our time maintaining existing, often referred to as legacy products. It might not always be pretty but it … [Read more…]

Finding Happy Choices

There’s a term for juggling your work life and personal life, work life balance. It’s hard not to hear about it, companies talk about it all the time, in interviews, in meetings, it’s everywhere and it’s great that it’s being taken seriously. Fantastic, let’s assume then that your job provides a healthy work life balance. … [Read more…]

Is this What Burnt Out Feels Like?

Imposter syndrome is common in the software industry and it’s not unique to developers. It’s exciting to be in an industry that is evolving and changing so quickly. It’s hard though when you do plug-in and feel the sheer volume of blogs, books, webinars, training, open source projects, the list is never ending. I have … [Read more…]


Testing isn’t dead but it doesn’t mean we can’t dig into it to better understand it. I attended the Testopsies – Dissecting Your Testing tutorial by Michael Bolton at CAST 2016. Lets open up the experience and take a deeper look. What is Testing We broke up into groups to define / draw out what … [Read more…]

Getting Ready for CAST 2016

If you haven’t heard CAST 2016 is going on next week. Last year, I got caught up in following the live stream of the conference. Between the real-time stream and setting up tweetdeck to follow the conference hashtag, it was great since you get to still feel involved even if you can’t be there in … [Read more…]

Comparing Databases Using Open DBDiff

You may need to compare different development environments before pushing out the update script to production. Maybe you have on premise installations and you need to verify database changes will work as expected across your customer base. In any case you need to be sure that your database is in a state where the rest … [Read more…]

Testing School Dropout

Over the last few weeks twitter has been on ablaze with controversy, seemingly out of nowhere bombs started dropping all over the Context Driven Testing Community. It all feels a little like being swept up in a tornado and transported to Oz… Lawsuits, Bullying, and Taking Sides, Oh My! It Hurts to See When I … [Read more…]