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The risk with direct questions

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The risk with the direct question is that the person being asked could assume intent within the question. E.g. asking what risk there in this release could be assumed that you think there is a risk in the release or that you don’t trust the…
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Scales of Collaboration

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The scales of collaboration can help you and your teams to work more effectively by improve your collaboration. It allows you to measure how you are currently collaborating and what you can do to improve its effectiveness. But what's wrong with our current approach and how do you use the scale?
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Exploratory and Automated testing: Using the right techniques in the wrong contexts

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Exploratory testing is about testing in an unpredictable context and therefore detecting unpredictable failures in our software. Automated testing is about testing in a predictable context and therefore detecting predictable failures. The mistake we make with automation is we try to apply it to the wrong context

What are your default settings?

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What are the defaults that we use when thinking and how do they affect our analysis of situations and decisions
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Three things of 2020

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3 minute read Below are three things that when I reflect back on 2020 that stand out to me. I’ve purposely not mentioned COVID because I think this is one thing that all of us would have on our list so didn't think there was anything…
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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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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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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…