In a recent Twitter conversation, yet again someone who should know better claimed that testing improves quality, and yet again Michael Bolton and I rose to speak against that notion. Our … [Read more...] about My War: Agency vs. Algorithm
Hiring Me: An Un-Marketing Message
Like a lot of independent consultants, I feel a bit icky about doing direct sales and marketing. I prefer the indirect approach-- to speak and write and just wait until people email me with offers of … [Read more...] about Hiring Me: An Un-Marketing Message
CC to Everyone
I sent this to someone who's angry with me due to some professional matter we debated. A colleague thought it would be worth showing you, too. So, for whatever it's worth: I will say this. I don't … [Read more...] about CC to Everyone
My Stockholm Syndrome
Stockholm, the city where Rene Descartes spent his last days, and which now hands out Nobel prizes, is also now becoming a capital of Context-Driven testing thinking. The cool kid of the North. (Oh, … [Read more...] about My Stockholm Syndrome
Ron Jeffries and Engineering for Adults
Ron Jeffries, one of the capital "A" Agile people, provides a great example of context-imperial talk in his critique of the context-driven approach to methodology: Well, my dear little children, I’ve … [Read more...] about Ron Jeffries and Engineering for Adults
The Gerrard School of Testing
Paul Gerrard believes there are irrefutable testing axioms. This is not surprising, since all axioms are by definition irrefutable. To call something an axiom is to say you will cover your ears and … [Read more...] about The Gerrard School of Testing
Can a Non-Sapient Test Exist?
My vote for the World's Most Inquisitive Tester is Shrini Kulkarni. He asks: Do you believe that â€œnon sapientâ€? tests exist or for that matter - any part (seems like a very negligibly small portion … [Read more...] about Can a Non-Sapient Test Exist?
What is Test Automation?
[This post is here for historical reasons. However, I no longer use the term "test automation." I refuse to utter that phrase any more because people keep thinking it means that testing can be … [Read more...] about What is Test Automation?
Sapient Testing Rules
Hey, somebody at AST must have read my blog when I coined the term "sapient testing", because they named their magazine after it. I'm still waiting for people to pick up on my other coinage: … [Read more...] about Sapient Testing Rules
Have you ever done something manually? Have you ever tried to automate it? Did you successfully automate what you were doing? If you answered yes for any of these questions, then I'm afraid I'm being … [Read more...] about Sapient Processes