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…

Tools for a tester

Recently we got new testers, fresh out of school, joining the department. I was assigned to give them a training on tips and tricks of using Unix during our test work. During the break, I asked them the following. Can you tell me what the tools are for a tester? Answers I got were: defect…

Rapid Software Testing: My three take aways

First let me state the date, it is 3 November 2011 when I’m write this blog. I just finished a three day session of the Rapid Software Testing (RST) course with Michael Bolton. A good friend of mine and DEWT buddy, Huib Schoots, asks me the following on twitter: “What is your top 3 take…

The person who´s name is always mentioned.

This blog can be seen as a follow up on Good start for a junior tester I posted a few weeks ago. Building a reputation as a tester can’t be that difficult, you are in control of that. It is all about self education. You must learn yourself how to work with applications, systems, processes…

Definition of Start (with Testing)

Sometime ago, I had a discussion with a tester about what he needed to start with testing. He answered: “I need requirements”. I asked him: “What if there are no requirements?” He answered: “Then I cannot start with testing. I need to have a test base.” Okay, he passed the ISTQB exam, but not in my…

Free magazines

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about some information to be used for self education and how to improve your learning skills for junior testers. I want to provide you some more information. Below a list (and URL) of magazines which contain a lot of information about software testing which can be downloaded for free (but you…