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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: […] ...

Agile testing is what you make it to be

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 28, 2017
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This post is a collage from my answers on Quora. What is Agile Testing? James Bach about testing in Agile environments What is agile testing Some people refer to “agile testing” as a very different kind. But there are like hundreds of flavors of agile teams. Some differ so much that the whole label of […] ...

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 […] ...

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 […] ...

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 […] ...

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 […] ...

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 […] ...

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 […] ...

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. ...

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 […] ...

A cross-referencing experiment

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 12, 2015
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A few years ago I started using my notebook regularly inspired by Michael Bolton’s article “Exploratory Tester’s Notebook”. Then, as I moved up to lead roles, I got busier with different stuff, and my tester’s notebook turned into a general notebook. I captured meeting notes, my to-do’s, and even fishing plans. It turned into a work, […] ...

Had a blast at CAST, from keynotes to talks

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 08, 2015
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Running Context Driven Testing Meetup In Your City Lightning Talks is a very fast paced method of conferring. To make sure I get the most of 5 minutes time frame I put together main points in my tester’s notebook. By the way, it turned out a very handy way to publish the contents into the […] ...

Had a blast at CAST, played testing games

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 07, 2015
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This time I’m telling about my workshop experiences, including a session of Avalon gameplay with testers at CAST. TDD Workshop by Robert Sabourin I really enjoyed the workshop. Though the most interesting part for me was not about TDD. Self-organizing team. Maybe not by intent the workshop has perfectly demonstrated this challenge of Agile. The […] ...

Dialectical Materialism in Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 05, 2015
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Dialectical materialism is a philosophy of science and nature, based on the writings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Wikipedia Dialectic (also dialectics and the dialectical method), from Ancient Greek διαλεκτική, is a method of argument for resolving disagreement that has been central to European and Indian philosophy since antiquity. The word dialectic originated in […] ...

“Why should I test my program?”

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jul 06, 2015
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..Another lunch break, and Quora suggests that I might be the right person to answer this question. Why, yes, I’m taking on it. “Why should I test my program?” – Answer: As a tester, I avoid jumping into conclusions. We know little from this question. Let’s analyze possible points of concerns. /Why/ should I test […] ...
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