Letter from the Editor – February 2012

I have been training testers for about 15 years in universities, corporations, online, and individually – in both a training, managing and coaching capacity. So far, I have executed these various training efforts in 16 countries, under good and rough conditions – from simultaneous translation, to video broadcast to multiple sites, to group games with …

Black Box Software Testing: Test Design Course

A few months ago, Dr. Rebecca Fiedler and I published BBST—Test Design. This third course completes the Black Box Software Testing (BBST) set. The other two courses are BB ST Foundations and BBST Bug Advocacy. This article offers some information about the series, the design of th e series (and the underlying instructional theory) and why you might …

Letter from the Editor – November 2011

Everything is mobile. What else can we say? Everything. If your product or service is currently not, it will be very soon. As Apple says: “There’s an app for that.” There is an app for everything. The race for mobile apps has consumed the software development world. I did a few projects at Palm Computing in the …

Do Testers Have to Write Code?

Do testers have to write code? For years, whenever someone asked me if I thought testers had to know how to write code, I’ve responded: “Of course not.” The way I see it, test automation is inherently a programming activity. Anyone tasked with automating tests should know how to program. But not all testers are …

Testing in Agile Part 4: Skills /Training

SKILLS Agile teams need training! One of the missing links in the implementation of Agile development methods is the lack of training for teams. I noticed in our recent survey on Agile that only 47% of the respondents answered “Yes” that they had been trained in the Agile development process, with over half responding “No.” …