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Interview with Michael Larsen

Michael Larsen retired from a career as a rock and roll singer to pursue software testing full time at Cisco Systems in 1992. Larsen has worked for/with a broad array of technologies and industries including virtual machine software, capacitance touch devices, video game development and distributed database and web applications. For the better part of his career spanning 18 years, Larsen has found himself in the role of being the "Army of One" or "The Lone Tester" more often than not. This unique view point, along with ideas and advocacy regarding continuous education and learning/re-learning for testers, is frequently the grist of the mill for TESTHEAD

Getting Feedback as a Software Tester

To start with, I think getting feedback as a Software Tester is very important. In general, I think it's great to solicit feedback to see what you're doing well, what you're not doing so well and what you could just stop doing altogether. A man from our office gave us a presentation on personal radars and how to be awesomer, then asked specifically for feedback after the presentation and then again in an email the next day- thanking us for our time. Good stuff. No ambiguity involved. If there was anything that I think he could've done better, I had a green light to let him know. And what he did well? I made sure to tell him what I thought regarding that too. And you know what?! I did it Toastmaster Stylz! That's right. The CRC approach- Commendation, Recommendation, Commendation.

8 Questions I ask myself when Testing Software

Questions I ask myself when Testing Software So I'm working on a project, am given a project brief and then find some questions floating in my head. Now aside from the obvious where I want to help detect any bugs before the system goes live I also find myself thinking the following things.... What's the point of this new system? OK so we would've already been told this. But really, in simple-man's terms - what the point of this new piece of software? How does this add value to the users/business etc?

An Awesome Collection of Funny Software Testing Pics

To be honest, I don't have a whole lot to say  Just smile and read :)

How would I Promote the Software Testing profession?

How would I Promote the Software Testing profession? I ask myself this so that I can try and explore how I would go about promoting Testing as a Profession. To see how this came about, go here Now, I have a theory and I do think it's fairly plausible so bear with me :) You know despite the fact a lot of people seem to end up in careers that are not only unrelated to their education (whether that be teritary, polytech etc), I also think a lot of people end up doing something 40 hours a week- that they had not heard of as a career in high school. Or scratch that- even university! Therefore, I propose a national Software Testing Competition for high school students and a separate competition for those in Tertiary study.  In New Zealand there are similar competitions for Maths, English, Science, Economics and Debating (sponsored by a law firm)- so why not do the same with testing? It'd be a great way to get the word out there of software testing existing as a

Interview with Nadine Henderson

Nadine is responsible for Assurity's HR, recruitment and graduate recruitment. She plays a key role in helping to drive the company into its next stage of growth. Her strong background in IT recruitment - she worked as HR Manager at Intergen for three years - gives her the knowledge and know-how to recruit the best people in New Zealand

More ISTQB Tips and Explanations of Sample ISTQB Foundation Questions

Hope you guys liked my previous blog post on tips for the ISTQB exam :) I got some great feedback on LinkedIn when I posted it on a discussion there that I thought I'd follow it up with a few more tips and Part 1 of explanations of some sample ISTQB Questions. (Source: ) More Useful Tips for the ISTQB Foundation Exam Process of Elimination As the ISTQB Foundation Exam is multi-choice, process of elimination is a pretty good idea. The good thing is you can get rid of the trash quickly and then focus on the 'realistic' possible answers when you read the question or when you come back to it later Highlight the key words Especially words like "not" and "most" that change the entire meaning of the sentence but can be easy to miss. Watch out for questions that contain the word "MOST" I'd like to draw attention to this because chances are all of the options will be correct if yo