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Defusing a judgment? Yes, you CAN: Connect -> ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 21, 2016
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I had a quick conversation with Michael Bolton on twitter today.. (accessible text alternative below) Michael Bolton: When someone says “testing is taking too long”, ask: Is it the *testing*? Or is it *fixing*? Or unnecessary stuff around the testing? Albert Gareev: Finding out what prompted that conclusion and what are the expectations also helps. […] ...

“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 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 […] ...

Jumping Back And Forth

Posted by Albert Gareev on Sep 23, 2016
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This article was published on StickyMinds – “Advocating for the User in Accessibility Testing”, September, 2016. Do you see a problem? (Click on the image to see it full size.) You know, how it works? You don’t really read the whole page, especially when looking for something. You’re screening. Some people also call it scanning. […] ...

Can’t You Stay Focused?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Sep 20, 2016
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This article was published on StickyMinds – “Advocating for the User in Accessibility Testing”, September, 2016. Do you see a problem? Can you see the focused link at all? If you can, is it easily distinguishable for you? How close you have to look? Will you instantly find the focused element if you didn’t know where […] ...

On “White Box” and “Black Box” ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Aug 30, 2016
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Quora is a remarkable resource. To me, it’s like a Wikipedia of personal experiences. People also come there for learning. Of course, software development and testing topics are among popular. So the questions were asked: What is white box testing? What is black box testing? While some answers strive to give formal definitions, I decided […] ...

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 […] ...

Roundtable on Behavior Driven Development

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 10, 2016
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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 define the desired outcomes • the developer’s understanding of what needs to be built, and • the business’ understanding of the technical […] ...

The checkmarks are not what we should be looking for

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 02, 2016
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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 second, I felt like Obi-Wan, hearing from my team that they’re happy with the all […] ...

MGCS Accessibility Expo

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 01, 2016
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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 customer complaints, search for locations of government services – it all involves software products now. That is, […] ...

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 […] ...

Heuristics On Give Away

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 07, 2016
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“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. It’s actually very messy. Skill levels depend on the context, both external conditions and internal conditions of the bearer […] ...

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. […] ...

Severity of Accessibility Issues

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 10, 2016
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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 heightened because it’s hard, likely impossible, to make valid assumptions on kinds of special needs, skills and experience of the users with assistive technologies, […] ...

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 […] ...

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 […] ...

It’s Getting Personal

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 23, 2015
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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 seemed to be very promising idea, and in the past few years I saw it mentioned here and […] ...

Lost In San-Francisco Depot

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 17, 2015
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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 the context of a free web based game. What is “SFDIPOT” or “San-Francisco Depot”? It’s a mnemonic standing for Structure-Functions-Data-Interfaces-Platform-Operations-Time; developed ...

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 […] ...

Shadow Work In Testing. Automation

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 06, 2015
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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 has one or few of the following attributes. Transferring part of the service from company to […] ...

Shadow Work In Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 04, 2015
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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 has one or few of the following attributes. Transferring part of the service from company to […] ...
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