IDEAL testing

The title of the blog can be a bit misleading but it is not. I sort of borrowed it from another blog post, Agile Process Improvement: IDEAL, written by Thomas Cagley. He has written about this IDEAL approach in an Agile context. As I read his blog, it got me inspired to relate it to…

Ladies and gentlemen, …. start your testing

Every start of a (new) sprint, the development work of the user stories starts. At that moment, for the tester(s) there is no software to test, hence the development work just started. That does not mean that the tester(s) can relax and wait until some piece of code is delivered by the developers and start…

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…

Must I trust the contract?

A lot of my work is about testing the Mobile App with the back end. A feature on the Mobile App is communicating with the back-end to exchange information. Input from the user on the Mobile App is processed, send to the back-end and a response is given back. These interactions are covered in the REST Service…

30 Days of Mobile Testing challenge – Day 11 to 15

This is my third blog in the 30 Days of Mobile Testing challenge (#30DaysOfMobileTesting), where I give more context to the 140 character tweets I posted. Day 11 : “Find 5 bugs in a responsive web page and report them” At this moment, I test a solution with a Mobile App which interacts with a…

30 Days of Mobile Testing challenge – Day 6 to 10

This is my second blog in the 30 Days of Mobile Testing challenge (#30DaysOfMobileTesting), where I give more context to the 140 character tweets I posted. Day 6 : “If you are an Android person, test something on iOS and vice-versa” I test on both devices all the time. I see it as a required…