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Dealing with aspects of test management such as metrics, planning, reporting, etc.

Hitting the Pothole of Trying to Automate Everything

One particular client wanted to automate as much of their testing as possible. I thought of a metaphor to help describe how trying to automate almost all “regression testing” is a difficult path to success. There are benefits and weaknesses

Posted in Automation, Context Driven, Test Management

Functional Specification Blinders

During my last few years as a test manager at Alcatel-Lucent, I decided to try a slightly different approach to the development of test ideas. Before this experiment my testers would be given a feature to test and they would

Posted in Context Driven, Test Management

Killer Interview Questions

I have been interviewing and hiring testers since 1999. I like to think that I am pretty good at finding testers who can think, communicate, and fit into the team. I have three questions that I like to ask that

Posted in Test Management

Bad Metrics

I have talked about and against bad metrics during my Rapid Software Testing courses and at conferences for a couple of years now. The “Lightning Talk” metrics rant that I did at CAST 2011 is available on YouTube (click here

Posted in Test Management