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In one of my classes, I start things off by challenging the students to “make a diagram of testing.” Some people make complicated pictures, some make simple ones. Some are literal, some are metaphorical. But, many have trouble focusing on testing itself. Testing can be an elusive concept. I like this exercise because it introduces […]

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Alex Bunardzic asked me a question in a comment that inspires me to do a new post: “To me (and I’m sure you’ll find ways to convince me how wrong I am), if someone is intent on improving the quality while observing high ethical standards, then it makes more sense to tackle the issue at […]

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I am going to be teaching my Rapid Software Testing Explored class in Bellevue, WA, at the Courtyard by Marriott on August 6-8. I know it’s a bit of a risk to schedule a public class in August, during holiday season. But it’s the only viable time for me to do it, and I want to […]

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Originally published in 1994, this article pre-dates “Agile” as a named thing. It was written out of a culture that was critiquing authoritarian and factory-oriented approaches to software development. It was that culture which resulted in Scrum, Extreme Programming, Agile, and also my own approach to software testing, Rapid  Software Testing, which in ’94 was […]

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This was on my old site as an HTML file for a long time. I’ve re-edited and corrected it for modern times. A classic question asked about test strategy is “How much testing is enough?” If you’re testing strictly from pre-scripted procedures or automation, the answer may seem obvious: You’ve done enough testing when you’ve […]

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This is to announce I will be teaching my Rapid Software Testing Explored class in downtown Bellevue, WA, on August 6-8. It will likely be the only time I teach in a classroom, in the United States, this year. I realize I have scheduled this in the midst of vacation season. But Seattle is a […]

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I am a tester. I like being a tester. I once was a developer but I would rather be a tester. However, when it comes to this website I have had to go into developer mode. Since I’m also the CEO of Satisfice, that means I am actually doing what I tell students we don’t […]

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Wow, it takes a long time to make a website that has nice content on it! But here it is. Satisfice 2.0. All modernized. The design is down to Mary Alton. She researched the themes and plug-ins, too. If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t ever have upgraded my site. Thank you, thank you, thank […]

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