Did You Miss My STP Radio Interview?

Did you miss my talk with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio? Catch it here.  

#softwaretesting #testautomation #artificialintelligence

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"Teacher, Teacher Bugs Ate My Deadline," and Other Defect Management Disasters: Two Points of View at Two with Michael Mah

In the latest Two Points of View at Two session, Rex is happy to welcome Michael Mah.  As managing partner of QSM Associates for over 20 years, Michael and his colleagues have assembled one of the largest worldwide databases containing software quality and productivity trends from over 10,000 completed projects. Michael and Rex will discuss defects, or bugs - and how in today’s competitive market, they can either make or break your company. We’ll discuss real world case studies and key findings from real world benchmarking and diagnostic engagements on what separates the leaders from has-beens. Michael and Rex have over 60 years of collective experience dealing with defects and their consequences, so they will discuss these important topics, and take your questions.
#softwaretesting #defectmanagement

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Get Certified at STPCon and Save 10%!

We're delivering our CTFL Test Engineering Foundation course at STPCon in Burlingame, CA, in just two weeks . Learn more here:

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Rex Black Talks with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio

Give a listen to Rex's talk with Mark Tomlinson on STP Radio. They cover the history of RBCS, the future of software testing and how AI/ML figures into it, and how to stay relevant and up-to-date as a consultant. (Hint: It's not by leaving the field for eight years.)
#softwaretesting #artificialintelligence #testautomation

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Don't Be a Chicken Little Tester

I've long said that, as testers, we should avoid finding large numbers of trivial bugs while missing the important ones, as that feeds the negative management perception of testers as a bunch of nitpicky, beside-the-point, cost-centers. However, as part of a post-project assessment, I've recently seen something even worse, which was finding a large number of bugs of low to medium severity and yet reporting them as high severity bugs. In some cases, they weren't even bugs, they were requests for changes or just plain failure to recognize correct behavior.  False positives and severity inflation are real problems, very quick ways to destroy your credibility as a tester or as a test group. 

#softwaretesting #defectmanagement #credibility

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March 2019 Webinars. Yes, Webinars, Plural!

Complimentary Webinar Plus a Bonus Webinar on March 19, 2019:

  1. Two Points of View at Two with Michael Mah: "Teacher, Teacher, Bugs Ate My Deadline," and Other Defect Management Disasters
  2.  One Key Idea: Measuring Defect Detection Effectiveness

Learn more and register:


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Coming Soon

Foundations of Software Testing, updated for the 2018 syllabus, which I was the Project Manager for.

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A Strong Back and Good Work Ethic?

It used to be the case, as the saying goes, that a strong back and a good work ethic could get you into the middle class in the US.  That's apparently a debatable point right now.  And, in terms of working in tech, the question becomes, at what point does a good work ethic become a pathological work ethic? 50 hours per week? 60 hours per week? More?

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Bad Ideas that Sound Reasonable

Recent work doing a post-project assessment reminds me that the most dangerous kind of bad idea is the one that sounds reasonable. Bad ideas that sound stupid stand little chance of implementation, but bad ideas that sound reasonable often carry the day, with disastrous results.

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Smart Application of Formal Test Design Techniques

Formal test design techniques are useful, but never let a formal test design technique get in the way of a good testing idea. When we help with clients in our consulting and training work, we teach them how to select and blend formal test design techniques--white-box, black-box, experience-based, and defect-based--to come up with the best testing ideas for their exact situation. Contact us for more information.

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