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Thoughts on Testing

The following is a collection of my thoughts on software testing.

The “red rag” heuristic

The “red rag” heuristic

A few weeks ago there was a problem with our phone system in the office; whenever the main phone rang and was picked up from a different phone the main phone registered the call as “missed” There was a discussion about how nobody was answering calls except...
Language interpretation

Language interpretation

Recently while walking to the shops with my wife and 22 month old son in his buggy we approached a pedestrian crossing we needed to cross at (no, not Abbey Road!). As we approached the crossing my wife noticed that the green man was showing so we’d be able to...
The “Dolphin” Heuristic

The “Dolphin” Heuristic

My sister LOVES dolphins! She has dolphin statues, dolphin artwork, dolphin toys and even a dolphin table! She’s absolutely obsessed with them! Except that I recently found out she hates them… HATES them! So why does she have them all over the house you may ask…...
Logical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning

Recently on Twitter, Ben Simo posted an interesting photo of a set of road markings at the entrance to a driveway/car park etc. Despite being a joke or rhetorical question my tester brain engaged immediately with the question posed by Ben and with the photograph...
Assumptions vs Biases

Assumptions vs Biases

On Wednesday of last week the Software Testing Clinic held yet another excellent event in London; this time at the Thoughtworks offices in the West End (*love* your London office space Thoughtworks!) and the topic this month was Exploratory Testing. During the clinic...