Testing

Usability Heuristic Checklist

Hey, Passionate testers! I found a wonderful resource by Michael Kritsch. It’s on usability heuristic frameworks. If you don’t understand what a heuristic is, learn about it here. These heuristics are a curated collection from 10 popular Usability research models and standards. More details on medium blog. This is a collection of heuristics, guidelines, principles, …

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What the hell is my problem with the term, “manual” testing?

My real problem with “manual/automation testing” is not from the use of the word “manual” or “automation” but the confusion and noise that it introduces around testing to be some kind of test execution process, which it is not. It’s a defocusing term that swiftly shifts the focus from testing craft to test execution mode. …

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My top 10 all-time favorite videos on software testing

Originally, posted as a Twitter thread, thought to post it as a blog as this would be a good reference for the future too  I have watched each of these many times in the past years. Here you go!  (1/10) Heuristics and why testers should care about them by @jamesmarcusbach This was a webinar – #TTTribeCast by @the_test_tribe (2/10) The …

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Assured Responsibility & Other Illusions about Testing

I have seen testers being worried about how other stakeholders might blame them if any bug is found in the production. Here is my take on this: Testing is sampling. Samples are taken based on the judgment, understanding, and experience (with the product) of the tester. Any sample cannot be fully exhaustive (covering all the …

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Conversation on Over-Detailing Syndrome

Me: Detailed testing procedures (“scripts” or “cases”) work well for automation scripting but could be an overkill for human “testers”. Friend: But, what if the test cases are NOT too detailed? Would other testers be able to understand them? Me: The answer is “Yes”, provided they have a basic acquaintance of the software intent and …

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10 Testing Issues That Concern Me Often

“Requirements are NOT Clear”. Yes, we need better-drafted requirements! But, at the same time, we need to stop expecting stakeholders to write down all tacit knowledge (understanding) as an explicit requirement. Requirements & Desirements are both important 🙂  “We don’t have enough time for Testing” Yes, we need to stop taking time away from testing. …

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