Buckle Up: Let’s Talk Boredom

I’ve heard people say that software testing is boring. Testers complaining about their jobs, developers explaining why they wouldn’t want to test, friends and family questioning my career path. And as many times as I’ve heard this — possibly more […]

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One hat too many

I often hear that a challenge for testers who started out as programmers is shifting their mindset from creation to testing. That makes sense to me. That’s a big switch, to go from “How do I get this to do […]

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Off the script: What I didn’t expect to learn from Ruby

In turns out that writing code can help me as a tester as much as the code I write. Over the past week or so, I have been working on my first ever (useful) Ruby script (and a few related […]

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Staring Down the Barrel of the Pen

I’ve had a series of blog posts brewing in my head for the last month or so. I think they could be really interesting (or at least unique), but I just haven’t had time to pursue them with the intensity […]

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Referees, testers, and bias

There’s one day until the scheduled release day of Make-Or-Break¬†(MOB) software. You’ve been working long hours testing MOB, to the point that it visits you in your dreams (where everything is broken and the developers are all on vacation). You […]

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Dipping my toes in the pool

Is the water warm? Cool? Hot? Intensely, bitterly cold? I’m about to dip my toes in this pool and answer these questions, but what do I already know before I do that? I don’t see any steam rising up from […]

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