Recapping STAR West 2017

After attending the STAR West 2017 conference this year, I wanted to take a little time to share some of my thoughts, takeaways and inspirations from the conference. STAR West is a pretty large conference and it felt big, lots of people, lots of vendors and lots of sessions. Here are some of my thoughts … [Read more…]

Organizing Tests With xUnit Traits

Once you start to have a larger number of tests it can be important to be able to break them down into different categories or groupings. From a functionality perspective this allows you to only run a subset of tests. They can also help to provide clarity or insight to your test code, by replacing … [Read more…]

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…]

Testopsies

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…]