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Methodoligst vs. Terrorist

Do you know the joke? “What’s the difference between a methodologist and a terrorist? Well, you can negotiate with a terrorist.”. It was perhaps more true for terrorists of the 20th century than those of the 21th, but you get the point. We met a “methodologist” the other day and that gave me the impulse to write this blog.

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Valued tester

Here comes a universal recipe that I often hear on software release projects that are planning outsourcing of functional testing responsibilities.

Take an experienced test designer to define test cases. Then take several clickers to do the execution based on those pre-defined test cases and you are done with your testing team.

A clicker is meant to be a human being, literate and having some user experience with GUI based applications. Assuming that instructions are well written, the person will click through GUI based tests reasonably well. No need for special skills. Anyone can do it, right!? Hiring staff is going to be dirty cheap. Wow, that’s just perfect!!

Or, wait a minute, it isn’t? Such argumentation probably annoys most of testers. This kind of job advertisments is still part of the reality of the testing profession in Central Europe (and people from other parts of the world would probably confirm that we are not alone). The good news is that there is plenty of highly valued tester jobs as well. Let us try to name a few attributes that make the tester’s job more appreciated.

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Handy test tools – Firefox add-ons

17/09/2011 Leave a comment

Whether you need to test web applications or troubleshoot software system deployment you may need tools that will help you understand what is actually happening. During our projects we came across couple of handy tools (available as Firefox add-ons [1]) that we found useful.

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Testers’ illusions

Testers often debate about testers’ place in the world of software engineering and the world’scircle perception of testers. Both well known names ([1], [2]) and the broader community ([5], [6]) contribute. We (testers) often get frustrated, deffensive, when non-testers say that testing doesn’t need thinking, that it is only about pressing buttons, that experience or qualification are not imporant. Basically that anyone could do it. In a response, we try to define ourselves ([3], [6]), suggest ways to deal with non-testers ([4]), educate them ([1]) or trying to challenge ourselves ([5]). The more I talk to peers and the more I read about the issue, the more I think that we are running in circles and that discovering new ways to continue the debate could help.
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So, what’s independent testing? (contd.)

We argued in a previous article that independent testing is about the way testers act and the quality of information that they provide, rather than about the way they are organized or governed. Organization and governence still tend to have a crucial impact on independence. That’s perhaps the reason, why some of defined standards approach testing independence from the point of view of the organization ([1], [2]). I prefer to talk about organizationally or governence-wise separate testing rather than independent testing in this context. Here is why.

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So, what’s independent testing?

Testing independence is being referred to in various ways: organizational independence of a test team on other teams within a company, independence of a testing service  vendor on other vendors, or testing as an independent engineering or scientific discipline. This blog site intends to refer to software testing as a business function and its in/dependence on other business functions (e.g. software development or other, even non-technical functions). Let me hence, share my perspective on independent testing from this angle and contrast it with outsourcing testing services, given that I see their usage often confused.

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Welcome techies!

Be welcome on profiq’s blog! Here comes a personal intro, in top of the general overview of the blog on the About page.

profiq is a system integration and system testing company that was established in 2010 and is owned by former Sun engineers. We enjoy working in system engineering and system testing, that’s why we ended up establishing a systems oriented company and that’s why we start to write this blog too – going a step beyond our regular business needs. So, who you will hear from:

Nemanja Lukic – Madrid
LDAP specialist and test engineer

Nemanja Lukic

Rasta Kanocz – Prague
system and test architect

Rastislav Kanocz

Slavomir Katuscak – Prague
system and test engineer

Slavomir Katuscak

Gabor Puhalla – Prague
system engineering and test manager

Gabor Puhalla

Ladislav Folta – Ostrava
system and test engineer

Ladislav Folta

Jan Hájovský – Ostrava
system and test engineer

Jan Hájovský

Pavel Balcárek – Ostrava
system and test engineer

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