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Thinking past the simple answers to the myths and methods of testing.

Thinking past the simple answers to the myths and methods of testing.
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Thinking past the simple answers to the myths and methods of testing.

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Episodes

13: Anybody can Test

7/5/2015
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Andy and Ian pull open the idea that "anybody can test". What's behind the perspective? What's missed? Testing vs. CheckingSpecializing Generalists

Duration:00:26:12

12: The Five Languages of Testing?

6/28/2015
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If you look at the Schools of Software Testing as tribes in the model of Arnold Kling's Three Languages of Politics, what would you find each tribe values? Andy leads a thought experiment to build awareness in value axes of the field. Show Notes: Andy's Article in Testing TrapezeFour Schools of Software Testing (2004) (PDF)The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsPrinciples of Context Driven TestingThe Debate at STPCon between Cem Kaner and Rex BlackPhilosophy in Action #292The $1.99 ebook

Duration:00:29:53

11: The Value in Test Cases

6/14/2015
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Ian and Andy look for the value in test cases vs. other approaches to testing. Show notes: Automated Testing EffortsPesticide Paradox, as framed by James WhittakerExploratory ToursSession-Based Exploratory TestingChartersRapid Reporter"Exploring in a Financial World"

Duration:00:37:50

10: Lenses of Testing

5/31/2015
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This week Andy and Ian challenge the idea that there is only one way to test an application. Good testing involves looking at the application through multiple lenses, such as requirements, risk, the "-ilities" and our own experience. Show Notes: Software Quality Characteristics (PDF)iOS Notes AppThe Art of Game DesignThe Creative Whack PackSoftware Testing Mnemonics

Duration:00:29:17

9: What's the point of process?

5/24/2015
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In this episode, Ian thinks that process is annoying and wants to go rogue. Andy points out he's being selfish and there might be a reason. Discussion follows. Show Notes The Monkey ExperimentretrospectivesManager Tools podcast

Duration:00:53:08

8: Testing Quality In

5/17/2015
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Andy and Ian talk through the idea of 'testing quality into software'. Why can't you take software, find all the bugs, and boom! You've tested quality in. Show Notes: three storiesThe Impossibility of Complete TestingOrigins of 'Quality Assurance'Software is Different

Duration:00:31:10

7: Nuance Matters... Sometimes

5/10/2015
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In this episode, Ian and Andy ramble on about nuance and how it matters (sometimes). They talk about testing and checking, bug and defect, meander into audio panning, and wrap up with bug advocacy. Peeping Tom the turkey guests, adding occasional commentary. Show Notes: Testing vs. CheckingThinking like a robotMichael Bolton's tweetMark Tomlinson's tweetJames Bach's definition of "bug"Positive vs. Negative testingMagenicGeek SquadBest BuyThe Little Big DetailsQuality Characteristics...

Duration:00:54:30

6: Handling Technical Debt

5/3/2015
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Ian gets stuck on how to deal with technical debt. Show Notes: James Bach & Michael BoltonProduct BacklogSprint Retrospectives

Duration:00:15:29

5: Career Growth Follow Up with Heather Tinkham (Part 2)

4/26/2015
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Andy and Ian conclude their interview with Heather by discussing valuable personal skills and different ways to grow a testing career. Show Notes: Minnebar ConferenceFear and Failure talkDunning Krueger effectImposter syndromeStatic & Dynamic ModelsTesting, an Obvious Career Choice

Duration:00:47:38

4: Career Growth Follow Up with Heather Tinkham

4/18/2015
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Heather Tinkham joins the show to offer a different perspective on career growth for testers. Show Notes: Wikipedia on conformity in groups

Duration:00:59:18

3: Automated Testing Efforts

4/11/2015
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Andy and Ian discuss balancing manual vs. automated testing efforts and how to bring automation onto a project. Show Notes: Pattern matchingRelational ThinkingTacit and Explicit KnowledgeIce-Cream Cone anti-patternExhausting Your Test Options

Duration:00:34:45

2: Career Growth for Testers

4/4/2015
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Ian asks Andy why testers can struggle with career growth in software testing. Show Notes: Anyone can testThere are lots of testers (list)Exploratory TestingChartersJoris Meert & James Bach on Lévy PathsA/B Testing on Specializing GeneralistsT-Shaped TeamsProviding Information as the Goal of TestingTesting is DeadMicrosoft's changing test roles

Duration:00:28:29

1: Negative Testing is not the Opposite of Positive Testing

3/28/2015
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Andy and Ian look at the confusion between Positive and Negative testing. Show Notes: Medical Negative TestExploratory testingTesting vs. CheckingExplicit vs. Implicit AssumptionsSystem Under Testold Microsoft negative testing thingDisney fairy tales are dark

Duration:00:31:30