Thanks for voting at me

I got elected for the board of the Association of Software Testers (AST). I’m really proud of that. I need to thank a lot of people. Thats why I write this post. First thanks to my fellow contenders. I got elected as well as Chris Kenst and Matt Heusser. Lee Hawkins and Raj Subramanian did…

Running for the board of the Association of Software Testers

Hi, I’m Simon ‘Peter’ Schrijver. I’m running for the board of the Association of Software Testers. I like to introduce myself. I’m coming from the Netherlands. 52 years old, married and father of three kids. I’m a software tester for more than 20 years. I’m a member of the AST for more that 9 years….

Why automation?

Over the years I heard frequently the statement ‘We need automation’, but the reason why it is needed differ most of the time Some of the reason I heard why we need automation of tests is for replacing the tester is for coverage of functionality is for speed test execution When you want to automate…

Do we find bugs with automation?

When we automate a test for an application we know one thing up front. With this certain input, we expect this output. This is what I call a known known. We know the input(s), we know the output. This test can be automated and can be added to a regression test suite to check the…

“Tests are useless if they don’t fail.”

Some time ago, I saw this statement passing by on Twitter. My first thought was, why? Why are tests useless when they don’t fail. I disagree with that. Test is about gathering qualitative information. Test is about questioning the product to observe it, to learn from it. Test is about making informed decisions. If a…

Unthought Known

Recently, I was listening to some music of Pearl Jam. I have a ticket to a concert, so I’m listening to the songs they recently performed live on other concerts. I stumbled on a song a never heard before, Unthought Known. Immediately, my tester mind kicked in. What does this exactly mean, unthought known. I…

The slides of my talks at ConTEST NYC 2017

I was invited to give two talks at ConTEST NYC in New York. This is a conference organized by Anna Royzman, the founder of the Global Quality Leadership Institute. My first talk was about pair testing explaining why pair testing can (and will) improve the quality of your work. You can find the slides of…

Speak the same language

When you start defining your framework for automation, a very important decision has to be made. Which language am I going to use to write my automation scripts. This can be a though decision, so investigate this thoroughly. What I’m going describe is a decision me and my team (testers and developers) made when we…

The slides of my talk at CAST 2017

I was invited to give a talk at CAST in Nashville, Tennessee. The topic of the conference was about “What the heck do testers really do”. My talk was about what I’m doing in a two week sprint as a tester. The title of the talk was ‘Session Based Testing in an Agile environment’. You…

Stick to the point(s)

Some time ago, we had a planning session for a new sprint and we discussed which stories to take in to this sprint. Our previous sprint was not that successful as we did not complete 4 user stories. These 4 user stories were related to each other. We sort of mixed the work of the…

Session Based Test – Closure Session

The Closure Session is the last of 6 types of session reports you can create when you use the Session Based Test approach. This report follows the Deep Coverage Session report. The goal of the closure sessions is to “get ready to release”. At this moment you have finalized the deep coverage sessions. All the blocking…

Most important question a tester must ask

Tester are always asked to think about which risks they see in there test work. Risks which can have impact on the customers. Risks which can have impact on the credibility of the product. All kind of investigations ‘are needed’ to determine what you as a tester have to do to give ‘a statement’ about…