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Breaking Bad Communication Habits

Breaking Bad Communication Habits I'm sorry. I couldn't help myself. I just had to use an awesome pun to start off this blog post :) My boyfriend and I literally laughed out loud when I read the title of this blog post out loud. And yes, I'm one of those people who are usually the first person to laugh at their own jokes.. no shame.. no shame. I've become an avid fan of the show and I'm pretty gutted to see it end. But hey, I admire the fact they quit while they're ahead instead of milking it for all it's worth. Anywho, let's get down to business. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about communication skills. I mean, I'm pretty sure a high proportion of people believe they have 'good' or 'solid' written and verbal communication skills. But how many people actually do?

Using Mind-maps as a Collaboration Tool

Recently, I started on a new project. It's interesting. And I'm very excited about the Foosball table on-site (Note: This is possibly a massive understatement.) Anywho, I floated the idea of mind-maps past my team, they liked it - so now we're using Mindmeister. You see, I'm pretty excited. I wanted to use mind-maps in my last project, but since the rest of my team couldn't gain access to the mind-mapping tool (I was working remotely), we thought we'd skip the idea. It's working out well so far, we've all got access to it and are currently brainstorming how exactly we're going to test the sexy piece of software we have in front of us. I particularly like the part where you start out an idea, maybe expand it into a few branches, then just leave it for a bit as you let your brain process the information.... you then log back into Mindmeister a few hours later, lo and behold, someone in your team has really helped developed your testing ideas. You, t

But look there's a bug, shouldn't it get fixed?

When I started software testing, I was under the impression that all defects that were found before going live, were fixed. Bar some aesthetic ones which could wait a few days after go-live. You see, I'm really now only starting to grasp the concept of time, priority, resourcing and acceptable risk. It appears that usually because of one of the aforementioned factors; a bug that I reported just continues to exist in the software and contribute to the statistics in a defect report until it is viable to fix it. Now, in raising a defect, I do my best to provide as much information as possible for them to not only fix their defect but also make a decision on whether or not it is worth fixing; and if so - when. And here's a rough outline of what I include: Defect Name Priority Severity Environment Found in Steps to Replicate Description of What's happening Affected Tests Creation Date/ Due Date Build Found in But part of me wonders if that is enough for them to m

Getting excited about organising a Testing Meetup

In about three and a half weeks time, the first Auckland WeTest will take place. I'm really looking forward to it and having the hard work of Shirley, Jen, Erin and I pay off. Now here's a bullet point summary of why I'm looking forward to this event: a) Reaping what we have sown I'm keen to see it actually happen. When you're planning an event, it's simply an idea in your head that you're shaping to become a reality - but when it's actually happening; then that's another thing altogether. b) Meeting people from different backgrounds and different approaches to testing Our event will give ample opportunities for discussion and to offer your opinion. I'm looking forward to hearing what people have to say; especially those I do not agree with. I want to learn how and why people approach testing in different ways. From this event, I hope to have a better idea of the other testing approaches that are common/popular in Auckland, bas