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Evidence of software testing “How Was This Tested?” Providing Evidence of Your Testing

Many testers have a tendency to minimize the information they record when testing. The challenge comes when problems are found later, possibly after the software is in production. How do we remember what we did, and when? What records do we have to refer to? How do we, as testers, answer the question “How was this tested?”

Peter Walen's picture Peter Walen
Thinking Critically about Software Development BSC West 2015 Keynote: Better Thinking for Better Software: Thinking Critically about Software Development

Software developer Laurent Bossavit delivered the second keynote presentation, about why we need to think more critically about software development. He began his presentation by saying his intention was to make you question what you know—or what you think you know.

Beth Romanik's picture Beth Romanik
Really Bad Decisions When Really Good People Make Really Bad Decisions

No matter how intelligent, experienced, or professional you are, high-pressure situations are always a challenge—and they can lead to really good people making some really bad decisions. All of us can learn to handle pressure better by knowing our triggers and being aware of the warning signs. Read on for advice on how to recognize and manage stress.

Find Yourself Overloaded What to Do When You Find Yourself Overloaded

As much as you might want to multitask, there is a limit to how much work in progress can be handled at once. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed—whether due to your own commitments or because management keeps piling on more projects—assess the situation and see what you can do to improve your condition without letting your work suffer.

Timothy Western's picture Timothy Western
You are hereCommunication Tips Communication Tips in Software Testing

Communication is crucial when testing software. How the tester explains the testing results can be more important than what those results actually are. But having all kinds of communication tools at hand means you have to select and practice the ones that are most effective for your project. Read on to learn some methods of and opportunities for communication.

László Szegedi's picture László Szegedi
Wisdom in Testing The Value of Wisdom in Testing—and How to Earn It

Wisdom is important in testing, but is it a skill? Is wisdom something we learn, or something we gain over the years? Jon Hagar discusses ways testers can expand their perspectives and ignore groupthink to try to become more well-rounded and wiser in their team roles.

Jon Hagar's picture Jon Hagar
Effective Communication The Power of Language: Effective Communication at Any Level

It’s common to alter your linguistic behaviors depending on whom you are interacting with—a manager versus a coworker, for example. Duncan Nisbet highlights different forms of speech and gives suggestions on which can help you make progress in various work situations.

Duncan Nisbet's picture Duncan Nisbet
Test Collaboration How Collaboration Changes the Way Testers Think

It can be easy for testers to get into the mindset that they are the “Quality Police” solely in charge of when a product gets released. But when you share responsibility, ask questions, and talk to developers, customers, and stakeholders, you can really expand as a tester. Lisa Crispin details how collaboration has helped her grow.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Better Tester Using Games to Make You a Better Tester

Games are useful for so much more than having fun. Types of games focused on testing skills are generally called tester games, and they can show you how the other members of your team think, make you think about how you think, and even help you change the way you approach testing.

Erik Davis's picture Erik Davis
Teach You about Teamwork What Your High School Basketball Coach Can Teach You about Teamwork

If a team is going to be a winner, players need to trust one another and learn how to work together. Just as your high school basketball coach made everyone work on team-building drills before you could develop your own personal skills, software teams also have to collaborate in order to succeed.

Ryan McClish's picture Ryan McClish Kenton Bohn

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