Friday, April 20, 2012

How not to welcome a new customer

Way back in October of 2008 when I launched My Technology Fetish I intended to use WordPress as the blogging platform while using the Mac Mini I owned as the server. It didn't take long to realize I didn't know what I was doing (or how to install mySQL navigating a Linux command line in OS X) and I bailed out by setting up with Blogger.

Blogger is a fine blogging platform. Its free and effortless to setup. Yet its' not very customize-able, has no developer community building cool gizmos, gadgets or templates and I get bored with bad designs rather quickly. If you've paid attention over the years this site has gone through a lot changes. At some point in the future I will migrate this site from Blogger to WordPress but in the meantime I'll start with Chris Kenst.com and later merge in Search N Recovery.

I decided to find a web hosting company that specializes in WordPress hosting and at the recommendation of a friend chose iPage. (Matt you owe me lunch once you get that Affiliate credit!) iPage offers unlimited domain hosting, unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, etc. and the service was promotion-ally cheap. What could go wrong you say?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Testing Idol Worship?

With software testing I've found it important to identify a few key experts in the field to see what they're saying, doing, reading, etc. in order to learn and expand my testing thinking. Maybe it's the size of the industry, the lack of "basic" testing education but there seem to be a number of ways to get trapped in the "hump" of a testing career. Perhaps all industries are like this and this is the first time I'm experiencing it?

Luckily Twitter makes following experts very easy as do blogs. I'm excited so many testers blog! To the untrained eye it might look like I've got a case of testing idol worship. A year ago or so ago I was writing a lot about James Whittaker and now all I seem to be doing is writing about James Bach. (I wonder how my Google page rank looks when searching for the name 'James + software testing'...?)

Don't worry it's not testing idol worship, at least I don't think it is. It's more an exploratory way to learn about the testing body of knowledge and discuss (with myself ha ha ha.... sad face) the things going on.

Bear with me and enjoy the ride.

Friday, April 6, 2012

The Role of Testing by James Bach

The following is a summary of the essay The Role of Testing by James Bach from the book Amplifying Your Effectiveness: Collected Essays.

The essay goes like this: After not liking his time as a developer James thought being a testing manager would provide more wiggle room, since testing is a little more vauge than programming.

James says “I used to think that the role of testing is to find problems.”

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Building context like Thomas Jefferson

During a recent trip to Washington DC I got to view the library Thomas Jefferson sold to the Federal Government in 1815 for $24,000. The sale contained some 6,487 books which are now part of the Library of Congress:

(I found this image on Google. Photographs weren't allowed.)

Monday, April 2, 2012

Rapid Testing Intensive Confirmed!

(Stolen from the Rapid Testing Intensive site)

It's official I'm booked for the onsite Rapid Testing Intensive with James and Jon Bach at the end of July on Orcas Island in Washington. According to the website this testing intensive will be based on "... Session-Based Test Management and Rapid Software Testing methodologies" and will "...allow you to see how the modern theory of testing meets practical work." Sounds like a blast.

There are 10 onsite and 42 online participants as of 4/2/12 and one of those onsite partcipants is Robert Sabourin. I was in his "Using Visual Models for Test Case Design" class last year at StarWest so it will be interesting to work side by site with him as well as a few of the other participants.

As I said in my prior post my goal is for: “Experience and feedback on modern testing methodologies!” Can't wait.