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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 […] ...

Review: “Integrating Skilled Testing with Agile ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 12, 2015
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As the whole talk is about 45 minutes long, I post series of the review in my blog. Part 3 – Closing Notes Video Mindmap Review Points – Value – Problems Automation might become too expensive “Fancy” automation, like BDD, might be cool and enjoyable to work on, but managers must understand business value and risks of […] ...

Review: “Integrating Skilled Testing with Agile ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 11, 2015
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As the whole talk is about 45 minutes long, I post series of the review in my blog. Part 2 – Refactoring and Walkthrough Video Mindmap Review Points – Value – Problems Axis in refactored version by Bach/Bolton High Value of Product – Low Cost of Development Synthesizing – Analyzing Core agile values in version by Bach/Bolton […] ...

Review: “Integrating Skilled Testing with Agile ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 10, 2015
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As the whole talk is about 45 minutes long, I post series of the review in my blog. Part 1 – Rationale for Refactoring Video Mindmap Review Points – Value – Problems It’s an open question: what are the roles and responsibilities of testers in agile development environments. Testers do something important, special, and different. […] ...

Beyond 140 characters

Posted by Albert Gareev on Mar 04, 2015
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Even though I’d wish to do it more often, I very rarely blog on real-time topics. But I’m taking some time tonight. I tweeted a few thoughts on Tuesday, 2015/03/03. Expanding them to address responses received. Test scripts are exclusive. Testing charters are inclusive. Quoting Cem Kaner‘s statement and fact, early in the project we […] ...

Review: CAST 2011 Promo #2

Posted by Albert Gareev on Feb 19, 2015
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Video Mindmap Review Points – Value – Problems It’s philosophy that makes time worth living Efficiency means different things in different contexts The challenge of the hidden picture puzzle Each click is a test How much testing do I do before I decide I know what the picture is Explicit Parameters in Testing Coverage Time […] ...

Why Can’t They Just Get It Right?

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 27, 2014
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Foreword Recently I’ve been observing some new silly ideas about testing – on how to do as less of it as possible or not do it at all. I don’t bother posting links here – reading those isn’t worth the time. But I’m gonna speak on the subject myself. I grouped those ideas into 3 main categories: […] ...

Sustaining Rapid Software Testing Practices Within ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 18, 2014
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Notice This post and mind map are work in progress. I’m hoping to get the community feedback as well as further refine the ideas myself. Stay tuned. See more contents below the mindmap. Below is the mindmap in [accessible] list format with my comments elaborating the points. Problems You’re a Test Manager. You had your […] ...

How things go with RST takers

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 10, 2014
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A few observations on graduates of Rapid Software Testing course I was into studying of heuristic-based exploratory testing approach and methodologies for at least 2 years prior to taking of the course. I took the course in 2011. Blogged about my experiences. I’ve kept broadening and sharpening my skills since then. Blogged about my path as well. With time, I also […] ...

Testing product among things, Testing things among ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Oct 30, 2014
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I’ve just read this colorful definition of testing by Michael Bolton. And I got a sparking idea – “I wanna see a tag cloud for this”. And here’s what I’ve got. And I love it. Testing product among things, testing things among product. Feels like I found a meta-definition of Testing.   ...

My look at requirements

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jul 02, 2014
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With years of my career evolution as a testing and automation professional, I’ve developed my own practical view about requirements, their role, and how to deal with them in a context-driven, heuristic way. I’m completely satisfied with the requirements provided by Business. I never require them to be 100% clear and precise, and never complain […] ...

Beware of Rapid Software Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 10, 2014
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Let my story be a warning. About 4 years ago, being a successful test automation engineer, I felt strong enough to challenge James Bach and Michael Bolton, who were loudly advocating for exploratory testing approach and, specifically, a methodology for a structured exploratory testing – Rapid Software Testing. So I challenged them… Oh, It didn’t […] ...

Best practices of scripted testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 10, 2013
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One “QA” reads a document how the application is going to be. To say better, it’s a writing of someone’s beliefs how certain, those explicitly described, aspects of an application should be according to that someone, at some point of time. Then the “QA” creates another writing how the application is going to be, is […] ...

Whirlpool Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Sep 23, 2013
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Agile Testing? Waterfall Testing? Here’s another cool name I invented. In case good old Exploratory Testing doesn’t sound cool to you :) PS. I guess, the picture speaks for itself. This is a slide from my presentation for a local testing group. The point was to illustrate systematic testing approach. ...

notebook

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 24, 2013
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Some good open interview questions for QA/Testers. What value did you bring to the project / organization as a tester? What is your vision for the role of testing? Do you know / follow any school of testing? What is the recent book / article about testing you read, and can you give a review […] ...

What testers can learn from playing chess

Posted by Albert Gareev on May 08, 2013
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(If they haven’t learnt that from doing testing) This is another my notebook entry, but entry unusual. I started it while playing chess. This is also one of the proud parent moments: my 9 years old son brought this initiative of evening chess parties – all by himself! As much as we, parents, try to […] ...

notebook

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 19, 2013
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I often come back to re-read certain articles and books on testing. Typically, in the light of new experience, or with regards to specific problem. This month’s top – Perfect Software and Other Illusions About Testing. Chapters 5 and 8. *** Even though testers pretty much can/should be “jack of all trades” kinds of specialists, […] ...

notebook

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 12, 2013
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“Personas” were not invented by testing people, but quickly picked up, especially with regards to usability testing aspects. Over the years, I’ve read quite a few articles advocating for use of Personas, mainly in exploratory and agile testing. Yet somehow I haven’t seen a single practical, “hard-coded” example. Since usability is one of the aspects we’re testing, […] ...

notebook

Posted by Albert Gareev on Apr 05, 2013
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I’m leading a SWAT team. S.W.A.T. here stands for “Systematic Wondering, Automation, Testing”. We’re doing all kinds of cool stuff in testing. Might say, transforming “some” testing to awesome testing. I am very excited about it. While doing a lot of thinking, and having a lot of ideas I could write about, and having experiences […] ...

Performance is an end-to-end thing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Aug 06, 2012
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Some time ago I had a hard time discussing performance problem with application developer. My challenge was to overcome a “block” set by the developer: “this is a one-page code, it’s a very simple logic, and I see no reasons to spend time evaluating its performance”. I didn’t have more than 5-7 minutes for the […] ...

BBST: Something to Brag About

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 29, 2011
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I have made two major investments into my professional development this year. One of them, taken in April, is the course of Rapid Software Testing. I wrote about my experience and takeaways, as well as proudly gave a personal endorsement. Another course, similar and different at the same time, is Black Box Software Testing (Foundations […] ...

Personal Recommendation: Rapid Software Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Nov 14, 2011
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Note. The reason of this posting is two-fold: While considering taking the Rapid Software Testing course I found surprisingly little of feedback information on testers’ blogs, and none of that addressed the questions I actually had. So I’m fixing this issue retrospectively. There are too many aggressive pseudo-education “courses” or scamming certification schemas advertised on […] ...

My Path In Exploratory Testing

Posted by Albert Gareev on Aug 02, 2011
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Although it seems like just happened yesterday, it’s been well over a quarter since I took the course of Rapid Software Testing by Michael Bolton (the course is authored by James Bach and Michael Bolton). This is a major milestone in my learning of exploratory, heuristic-based testing approach. To be fair, I was somewhat skeptical […] ...

On Your Knees! (Congratulations, You’ve Been ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Jun 08, 2011
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A couple of things I have to say about this poster – a failure delivering the message and a fallacy of the concept. Delivering a message Pictures talk louder than words. Despite of an effort to show people jumping high in excitement we can actually see people brought down on their knees, surrendering some papers. […] ...

Programs don’t care about quality, companies ...

Posted by Albert Gareev on Dec 09, 2010
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Quality is value to some person. Gerald Weinberg The story began when I received a new chequebook. Every bank, especially any of top 5 banks [in Canada], has a lot of claims about how much quality matters to them, and how much they care about their customers. Since I was not satisfied by a quality […] ...
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