10 Years Independent

This month (November 2015), I celebrate my 10th anniversary being an independent tester. I’m glad I took that step. It made me a better tester and a better person. In those ten year I have seen and encountered a lot of things. The reason I started, was ….. money. My last job for an employer…

Craftsman

According to the Webster Dictionary          craftsman means “a person who is very skilled at doing something” I consider myself a craftsman. I’m an independent software tester since 2005. I just jumped into it, but with one thing clear in mind. To be a good software tester. Specialized in something, not that important yet. Skillful,…

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…

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…