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To Keith Klain: Sir, you’re an aspiration

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 14, 2016
A few days ago, Keith Klain, Executive Director, CEO, and a highly recognized leader in testing industry made a comment on Twitter. I couldn’t agree more!!! It was disheartening for me to witness over the years that one of ...

Roundtable on Behavior Driven Development

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 10, 2016
Re: Toronto Testing Meetup, May Workshop: Roundtable on Behavior Driven Development Planning And so it is claimed: When launching a new digital project, there can be a disconnect between: • the business being truly able to ...

The checkmarks are not what we should be looking for

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 02, 2016
OK, this is a quick gripe. Know the quote? Of course, the troopers were fooled by the skilled Jedi knight. They were clones, after all; likely, trained to follow direct orders and NOT trained to use critical thinking. For a ...

MGCS Accessibility Expo

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 01, 2016
Last Monday I attended a public Accessibility Expo. It wasn’t a large, crowded event. But maybe it should have been. Whether you buy / sell a house in Ontario, get / renew Health Card or Driver’s License, fill ...

On Bullying and Language Lessons

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 26, 2016
Learning lessons from bullying and trolling Blogs, community sites, and Twitter opened wonderful opportunities to connect with people, to learn, to collaborate, and to express yourself. That last part may go wild though. For ...

Keith Klain criticizing context-driven bullies

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 24, 2016
The Interview Earlier this year, StickyMinds published an interview with Keith Klain – “The Viability of Context-Driven Testing”. The interview is 15 minutes long, both audio and transcript are available. In a ...

Context-Driven Resume: Patterns and Anti-Patterns

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 27, 2016
Foreword Have you ever been wondering why your job application got no response? Among dozens of possible reasons did you guess that your resume was the cause of the rejection? Maybe, you didn’t. Maybe, you believed you did ...

Hidden Parts of the Performance Equation

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 20, 2016
This article was published on StickyMinds – “Hidden Parts of the Performance Equation”, April, 2016. The Performance Equation Many teams decide to put together a “test bed” of servers and network infrastructure, develop ...

Testing Leadership Quotes

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 22, 2016
Tweet back! Twitter is a great tool to collect and share information. But retrieving it is a bit tricky. From time to time I go over my tweets archive and grab useful pieces into my notebook and mindmaps, categorizing the ...

Context-Driven Resume: Product and Users

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 16, 2016
Resume Is A Product You design it. You build it. You test it. You debug it. More importantly, you intend it to be used by others. Let’s think of a resume as a product. And let’s ask ourselves a few questions to learn ...

Heuristics On Give Away

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 07, 2016
“I don’t have birthdays, I level up.” If only it worked that way… No, no. In order to “level up” a skill we must spend time sweating it out. It’s also never a binary ladder. No. ...

What’s In A Label?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 01, 2016
This story has been featured in my article published by Tea-time with Testers – Year 5 Issue XI, December – January 2016. Download a free copy. Do you see a problem? With the login form represented by the image? There are a ...

Not That Apple

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 24, 2016
This story has been featured in my article published by Tea-time with Testers – Year 5 Issue XI, December – January 2016. Download a free copy. Do you see a problem? With the image? Maybe you don’t. You know, ...

Context-Driven Resume: Heuristics

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 16, 2016
Preface Since the beginning of Toronto Testing Meetup, I’ve often been asked for help in job search. I organized and streamlined it into a re-occurring project: Job Finding Club. I’ve done it both as a brief advisory ...

Severity of Accessibility Issues

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 10, 2016
Preface I’m exploring ways to better communicate impact of severity issues. Even the developers working on accessibility seem to look at it from “mechanical” or purely functional perspective. The challenge is ...

Putting Too Much Faith in Tools

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 26, 2016
This story was featured in my article published on StickyMinds – “The Politics of Accessibility Testing”, January, 2016. Preface Digital accessibility refers to software supported by users’ assistive technologies as ...

Understanding How To Do Accessibility Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 18, 2016
This story was featured in my article published on StickyMinds – “The Politics of Accessibility Testing”, January, 2016. Preface Digital accessibility refers to software supported by users’ assistive technologies as ...

It’s Not Business Requirements, It’s the Law

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 14, 2016
This story was featured in my article published on StickyMinds – “The Politics of Accessibility Testing”, January, 2016. Preface Digital accessibility refers to software supported by users’ assistive technologies as ...

Are You A Member?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 08, 2016
Some people say it’s okay to have “just a job” and no passion. Some have their jobs paying for their passions. And some.. well.. Let me be direct. What I greatly admire about Rosie Sherry is her passion to ...

Testing: Wandering or Execution?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 06, 2016
These are the points I captured while reading 2nd part of “The first things to get straight” chapter of the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. ...

The Year Of Gerald Weinberg

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 21, 2015
I read all these 8 books this year! And I’ve just lied to you. This statement is not precisely true because I read one of the books before 2015. This year I re-read it. This statement is not precisely true because I read ...

HUMBLE: Agile Accessibility Testing Strategy

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 11, 2015
HUMBLE acronym, Humanize-Unlearn-Model-Build-Learn-Experiment, was born when Michael Larsen and I shared our accessibility testing experiences. This year we talked a lot about the subject. CAST 2015, KWSQA 2015, Agile TD 2015, to ...

Re: Toronto Testing Meetup, November Workshop

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 30, 2015
One of the exciting things about testing meetup is the mix of roles and experiences people bring in. This time we had a research workshop with a rare opportunity of getting feedback from Senior Program / Product Manager ...

Meet The Testing P.E.R.S.O.N.A.

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 27, 2015
Didn’t I say I’m going to take it seriously? Stay tuned for examples in the experience report! Tactical Tips for Business Strategic Testing Most of the testing is done by following functions and features.. But ...

It’s Getting Personal

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 23, 2015
Leaders in testing practice are constantly and actively looking for ways to test faster, more efficiently, and more creatively. They also look for ways to find the most relevant bugs, and to tell the relevant story. Personas ...

Lost In San-Francisco Depot

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 17, 2015
We held a joint Weekend Testing Americas / Weekend Testing Toronto event last Saturday. Great session, high attendance, intense engagement! Our theme was guided structured product exploration. We used SFDIPOT set of heuristics in ...

Fun Fact

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 13, 2015
Well, it’s November 2015 and I learned that my site made to Top 5 “Test Automation” blogs in 2014 as per TEST BUFFET. What I find funny is that my site isn’t included in Software Testing at all. We ...

This Imperfect Memory

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 10, 2015
These are the points I captured while reading 1st part of “The first things to get straight” chapter of the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. ...

Shadow Work In Testing. Automation

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 06, 2015
This writing is a cross-reference to the post Manage Focus Of Your Attention with regards to the concept of Shadow Work. A quick reminder. In economics, shadow work refers to unpaid labor in the form of self service. Shadow work ...

Shadow Work In Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 04, 2015
This writing is a cross-reference to the post Manage Focus Of Your Attention with regards to the concept of Shadow Work. A quick reminder. In economics, shadow work refers to unpaid labor in the form of self service. Shadow work ...
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