Three questions of unit testing

How to document Unit Testing

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Whenever you talk about unit testing with teams they never tell you what it means to them. They go straight to of course we do and show you 100s of passing tests. Interesting thing is by calling it unit testing everyone thinks they are talking…
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How to learn from failure

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[Organisations] that catch, correct, and learn from failure before others do will succeed - Amy Edmundson
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Working for home: Why routine matters

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Manage your time Now you are your own boss all those things in work that keep you honest are no longer there. If you want to sit with Facebook/WhatsApp open all day you can and no one would know. But this is also chance for disaster. If…
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Building Quality in via Testability

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7 minute read Back in March 2018 I visited The Design Museum in London and came across the above installation. What you can see is technology design classics all the way from the first transistor radios on one side to the very first digital…
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How to move away from the In Test column

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We as testers are always looking at ways to improve our testing processes and one way to do that is to move away from the In Test column. You can read more about the why in my post "In Test" column but the how I left pretty vague. I'd like to…

What is Contract Testing?

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And Consumer-driven contract testing This is a follow on from Contract testing: Why do it First some quick definitions: Consumer Is someone (a dev team for instance) that makes use of a third party component or a combination of components…
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Contract Testing, Why do it?

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I’ve been thinking a lot about contract testing lately and trying to explain why it’s a good idea.  I thought I’d start by getting my initial arguments for it down and go from there. Got an opinion then let me know. Note:…
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The unintended consequences of automated UI tests

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Whenever I see people talking about automated testing I always wonder what type of testing they actually mean? Eventually someone will mention the framework they are using and all too often it's a UI based automation tool that allows tests…
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WIP limits: choose your own adventure edition

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What are they? A limit on the amount of work that can be pulled into the team and most likely columns on your board that you use to manage your teams work. Why? The idea being that instead of work being pushed into the team as a when it comes…

Lenses of Quality

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tl:dr: Another way to think about what quality means to software development teams. A while back someone on twitter asked what does quality mean to you. To which I responded: https://twitter.com/JitGo/status/1010031582395224064 Which not…