Notes, Bugs, and Issues

Note: Although this is a one way post right now, please send comments via our online form. We may post some responses in future entries. Thank you!

Entries from 2007

  • Brain Rules

    How is studying the brain like investigating software? My thoughts after a great lunch with Dr. John Medina, a development molecular biologist.

    Read More

  • Notions of "Completeness"

    For the past ten years or so, part of my job as a test manager has been interviewing testers. In that time, I've interviewed hundreds of testers using an "audition" format.

    Read More

  • Getting Dressed for Testing

    Response to my colleague, Michael Bolton's comments about the Case Against Test Cases entry.

    Read More

  • A Case Against Test Cases

    I learned something today. I may not know how to run even the simplest scripted test case.

    Read More

  • Emergent Complexity

    This is from an episode I happened to catch when flipping channels tonight. I usually linger on PBS for a few seconds, and caught this exchange about something called "emergent complexity." Immediately I thought of why software often behaves "irrationally"...

    Read More

  • Workshop for Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques (WHET)

    At the 4th Workshop for Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques held here at the lab on July 7 and 8, 15 colleagues gathered to discuss boundary testing.

    Read More

  • The Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST)

    Why aren't there testing conferences in Seattle?

    Read More

  • A Note About Peer Conferences

    This past July 7 and 8, I hosted the 4th Workshop on Heuristic and Exploratory Techniques here at the lab.

    Read More

  • The Seattle Testing Community

    You know about Silicon Valley, but up here in Seattle, we're just as much a software community.

    Read More

  • Baby on Board

    I became a father this past February and I *still* don't know what to do when I see a "Baby on Board" sticker on the car in front of me.

    Read More

  • Expert Game

    Twelve years after I started my testing career, I still feel like a student.

    Read More

  • Baby Oracles

    On February 16, I became a father. This is related to testing in more ways than I can count, but let me give you my favorite.

    Read More

  • What is rapid test planning?

    Rapid test planning is a process of cultivating test ideas within minutes, not days. Its opposed to rigorous test planning which strives to find every possible test. The trade-off is time vs. thoroughness because often were given tight constraints for testing. Management wants test results quickly and we can either freeze, get angry, or see what we can do.

    Read More

  • All-Pairs

    I got called into a conference call today because of an emerging question a client had about combination testing.

    Read More

  • TV Shows for Testing

    I love tv. Perhaps too much. But I don't sweat my addiction too much because most of the shows I like have a testing component to them.

    Read More

  • Seattle CSI Files

    Notes I took after Mark Hanf, a detective from Seattle CSI, came to speak to QASIG on 1/18/07

    Read More