Lessons Learned at CAST 2013

Testers should jump to conjectures, not to conclusions. – Jon Bach, Keynote, CAST 2013 This week I was fortunate to be a last-minute addition to the attendee list for CAST 2013 in lovely Madison, Wisconsin. Somebody dropped out 3 days before the conference… I found out I was going on Saturday.  I had already planned…

WTF is a Unit Test?

I remember it like it was yesterday.   My Company was starting a new online product, and had employed The Consultants to come in and help.  The Consultants told The Company that A: they needed to employ an iterative development lifecycle (RUP) and that B: they needed software testers to help them.  The Company, in…

How Coding Can Help You

Rereading yesterday’s post, and also seeing some of the comments (and having some personal discussions offline), I can see that I might have inadvertently sent the wrong message: My point is certainly not that testers just suck and everybody should just take some classes and apply for dev positions. My opinion is the absolute opposite…