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Fact checking: “Is testing certification worth ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 22, 2017
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Preamble Let me begin with a scene from a book of my childhood..   Image text below. Banner reads: “Of the London and Continental Theatres, In their Thrilling Tragedy of “THE KING’S CAMELEOPARD, or THE ROYAL NONESUCH ! ! !” Admission 50 cents. “Then at the bottom was the biggest line of all, which said: […] ...

“Is manual testing dying?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 06, 2016
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“Is manual testing dying?”, “Is manual testing dead?”, “When manual testing will be completely replaced by automation?”,.. These questions come up very frequently. I see them on LinkedIn. I see them on Quora. I see them on Twitter. I’d categorize responses I’ve seen loosely in 3 types. Samples below. “NO! It’s not manual!!! It’s all […] ...

The One Page Test Plan?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 02, 2016
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Earlier this month, Ministry of Testing released an article named “The One Page Test Plan“. Presented, was rather a one page template for a test plan yet the article is good and thought provoking. Coincidentally, a similar question came up on Quora: “How would you define a test plan for this app?“. So I went […] ...

“What is performance testing?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 29, 2016
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Another day, another good question on Quora. For years, I’ve been answering “what is performance testing?” in a variety of ways. In a technical way, I tell about process, tools, scripts, measurements, and analysis. More often though, I need to convey the concept to a non-technical or at least not very technical person. Finding a […] ...

“What is domain testing?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 07, 2016
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Another good question on Quora. Answering: What is domain testing? ***** All terms originate somewhere else, by analogy. Here’s the origin for “domain”. Image source: Domain of a function Domain is all possible inputs to the function Range is all possible outputs of the function ***** At the fundamental level, everything is data in computers. […] ...

“What is a good way to estimate the number of ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 31, 2016
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First things first. I’m not a big fan of test case based approach, neither I’ve seen testing estimates that weren’t at best guesstimates. But people ask questions, and this is their starting point. Enough been said about smart-ass approach. Instead of critiquing those willing to learn let’s help them understand and let’s help them to […] ...

“How do you choose which test cases to ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 10, 2016
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Despite of all critique and challenges, automation is a valuable aspect of testing strategy. Every new automator needs to answer questions like that: “How do you choose which test cases to automate?” While everything regarding testing is very specific, we may try to give an answer through general idea supplemented with concrete examples. Cross-posting my […] ...

Distractions and Accomplishments

Posted by Albert Gareev on Aug 17, 2016
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These are the points I captured while reading 2nd part of “Organizing Our Homes” chapter of the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. Despite of the name of the chapter, many of these points apply to organization in general, be that at home , […] ...

Let the Environment To Drive You

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jul 05, 2016
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These are the points I captured while reading 1st part of “Organizing our homes” chapter of the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. Many of these points apply to organization both at home and at work. See also my comments and examples below. Working […] ...

To Keith Klain: Sir, you’re an aspiration

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 14, 2016
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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 the most passionate context-driven leaders, the one who taught empathy and humility, degraded his expressions to […] ...

Hidden Parts of the Performance Equation

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 20, 2016
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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 some scripts simulating user requests, run the whole thing against the application, and see if they can satisfy the business requirements. And […] ...

Testing Leadership Quotes

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 22, 2016
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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 information. But why can’t I share it back? – came a thought one day. So […] ...

What’s In A Label?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 01, 2016
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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 few, actually, but we can’t know for sure because it’s just an image, we have […] ...

Not That Apple

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 24, 2016
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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, people who can’t see still can use the software, browse the Web, and work with electronic documents. […] ...

Putting Too Much Faith in Tools

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 26, 2016
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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 well as accessibility within web browsers. This concept, that software should be usable by the widest possible audience, has been around for more than twenty […] ...

Understanding How To Do Accessibility Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 18, 2016
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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 well as accessibility within web browsers. This concept, that software should be usable by the widest possible audience, has been around for more than twenty […] ...

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

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 14, 2016
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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 well as accessibility within web browsers. This concept, that software should be usable by the widest possible audience, has been around for more than twenty […] ...

Are You A Member?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 08, 2016
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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 ignite passion in others. Rosie founded Software Testing Club – and it is growing successfully year […] ...

Testing: Wandering or Execution?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jan 06, 2016
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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. “Daydreaming” or “Mind-Wandering” mode The flow of connections among disparate ideas and thoughts, and a relative lack of […] ...

HUMBLE: Agile Accessibility Testing Strategy

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 11, 2015
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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 name a few. We also got a mind map! :) Click on the image to download full mindmap in PDF. Textual description below. […] ...

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

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 27, 2015
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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 Business wants to know whether the product helps the users to achieve their goals. Business DOES NOT want to know […] ...

Fun Fact

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 13, 2015
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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 certainly need to do a better job educating that Automation is a sub-service within Testing. ...

This Imperfect Memory

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 10, 2015
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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. We live in a world of illusions || These illusions are not external but internal – our perception […] ...

Draw Attention With Visual Test Reports

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 21, 2015
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Leave a comment if you first looked at the pictures before reading this text! As I was putting together notes in my book review I made an entry regarding Attention Filter. Recap: Attention Filter mechanics Change detector Subconscious. Always “on” Registers changes in the flow of information Importance ranking Subconscious. Very personal for everyone Based […] ...

Manage Focus Of Your Attention

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 20, 2015
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These are the points I captured while reading 2nd part of “Too much information, too many decisions” chapter of the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. I put my points and cross-references next to them. Attention Filter mechanics Change detector Subconscious. Always “on” Registers […] ...

Energy Management vs. Time Management

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 19, 2015
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These are the points I captured while reading 1st part of “Too much information, too many decisions” chapter of the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. I put my points and cross-references next to them. Every day, we are confronted with dozens of decisions, […] ...

Key principles for business-driven development

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 16, 2015
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“Key principles for business-driven development” is IBM article that I recently read and liked very much. It aligns quite well with the concepts of context-driven testing, but looks at the whole project. I’ve mind mapped it for future references. Click below for picture or here to download the XMind file. ...

PACE COLT: KWSQA 2015 “Targeting Quality”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 15, 2015
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Last week I attended and presented at the conference organized by Kitchener Waterloo Software Quality Association. I took notes and organized my review in a structured form: Purpose – Attendance – Content – Experience – Cost – Organization – Location – Time. Or PACE COLT, if you like mnemonics (as I do). Purpose The conference theme […] ...

Testers listen to Skeptoid

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 14, 2015
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“How can I learn about critical thinking? What are the examples? How to apply it in testing?” If you’re asking such questions for yourself or for coaching of your team I can help you with a perfect source. Skeptoid is a podcast, public research projects,  quality learning material, and source of excellent examples of critical […] ...

Context Driven Mind

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 13, 2015
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These are the points I captured while reading Introduction to the book “The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload” by Dr. Daniel J. Levitin. I put my points and cross-references next to them. Human continuously look for ways to improve brain functioning and / or strengthen it. || This is especially […] ...
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