As the World Turns (Chris Kenst's Blog)

On June 30, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

“As the world turns” seems like the best way to describe the busy-ness I’ve experienced recently. Feels like I’m forgetting a lot of things and to help I’ve written them down. I’m also feeling goofy so this post might contain a few GIFSs. Work has been busy as I split my time building out our front-end automation suite and the remaining […]

Testing time variable using docker (zagorski software tester)

On June 30, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

TL;DR As clouds passing by over your head, so the time passes through your product under test. Time is important testing variable that is often overlooked as source of test ideas.  Reason for that is that testers do not have appropriate tools to help them test time variable. I will provide simple example how docker … Continue reading Testing time variable using docker

More Than A Mindset (Assert.This)

On June 30, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

How often do you hear talk of a testers mindset… You ever wonder what people actually mean when thy say this? I do, every time I hear it I tense up a little and wonder are we all talking about the same thing? The Divine Tester Doesn’t it often have a ring of mysticism when … [Read more…]

And Then it’s "Go Time" (TESTHEAD)

On June 28, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

Two years ago, my Scout Troop put in a submission to trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. We’d submitted before, and due to the lottery system, we’d been unsuccessful in years past. However, in 2014, we got the message we’d been waitin…

The Rat Trap (Hiccupps)

On June 28, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

Another of the capsule insights I took from The Shape of Actions by Harry Collins (see also Auto Did Act) is the idea that a function of the value some technology gives us is the extent to which we are prepared to accommodate its behaviour.What does th…

The Bestselling Software Intended for People Who Couldn’t Use It. (James Bach’s Blog)

On June 27, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

In 1983, my boss, Dale Disharoon, designed a little game called Alphabet Zoo. My job was to write the Commodore 64 and Apple II versions of that game. Alphabet Zoo is a game for kids who are learning to read. … Continue reading

Helping those on the spectrum / Information radiators – TEAM meetup #13 (The Pragmatic Testing)

On June 27, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

The very successful Australian Testing Days 2016 conference helped the TEAM gain tremendous respect in the community. Many conferences offer meaningless gifts to speakers, instead we made a large donation on the speaker’s behalf to BeyondBlue. So, when Epic Assist approached me for support in spreading their message about hiring employees on the autism spectrum, I was excited to have the opportunity to help. I was in the process of planning the 13th TEAM meetup, and I had Aaron Hodder presenting his strategic mind-maps to the attendees. Aaron was visiting Melbourne for a speaking session at Agile Australia and he was eager when I approached him with the idea of him delivering his well received Australian Testing Days 2016 talk again at our meetup.

On 21 June, the 13th TEAM meetup took place at Robert Half Technology. Richard Neville from Robert Half has been very supportive at sponsoring our meetups at his centrally located office in the city. As always Robert Half arranged plenty of food and drinks for the attendees arriving at a cold and wintery night.

Paul Crimmins was the emcee for the night. He introduced TEAM and the agenda for that night to attendees.

The first talk was from Zach Zaborny of Epic Assist. Epic Assist is a not for profit organisation that works with people with both visible and invisible disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum. It assists people on the Autism Spectrum to find meaningful employment. The organisation not only helps people in finding employment, it also trains and educates them so that they can be successful during their employment. People with Autism may find it difficult to operate in a corporate environment and may require extra support. Epic ensure that someone from their team stays with the employee until their assistance is no longer needed. Their engagement also helps employers in understanding the needs of their new employee.

Zach shared his own story with the attendees. A prolific speaker, Zach was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at 8. How he went through the struggle, many of us can’t understand. His presentation was hilarious, heartfelt and touching.

Zach said that the individuals on the autism spectrum are loyal, like structure, are hardworking and focused and can be great employees. He shared some tips for interviewing someone with ASD and also explained the employment barriers for people with ASD.  Zach’s talk was a very informative talk and it was received well.

After a short break, it was time for Aaron’s much anticipated talk. Many attendees had not attended ATD2K16 and therefore were excited to hear Aaron. His talk was about using Mind mapping software as a test management tool.

Aaron started his talk by sharing his story of becoming a skilled tester and joining the CDT community. When he started in testing, he found himself a misfit among other testers he worked with, mostly because others believed that there was a single right way of doing things. Aaron’s talk was engaging and educating. He spoke not just about his subject matter, but he also demonstrated how he does what he was talking about. His mindmaps, which he rightly calls information radiators, were truly informative and valued. One of his slides explained why testing is not just about creating and following steps. It said,”Testing is NOT a series of steps; it’s a multithreaded series of activities that are mutually supportive”.

This meetup was one more successful event for the local testing community. While we inch closer to TEAM’s first anniversary, we have already planned for some really interesting meetups in the next few months. Check them out at

Missing product feature (zagorski software tester)

On June 25, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

TL;DR Missing product feature is one of situation where test automation can not help you. You as a tester should raise a risk about product missing feature. FEW HICCUPPS heuristic is excellent tool that can help you to identify missing feature and to persuade product owner that should be included in product. Let’s learn by … Continue reading Missing product feature

Making the Earth Move (Hiccupps)

On June 25, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing

In our reading group at work recently we looked at Are Your Lights On? By Weinberg and Gauss. Opinions of it were mixed but I forgive any flaws it may have for this one definition:  A problem is a difference between things as desired and things as…

Only in JeST (אשרי אדם מפחד תמיד Happy is the man who always fears)

On June 24, 2016, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
ביום שני האחרון היה מפגש JeST, שהיה קטן מהרגיל, אבל, אולי בזכות העובדה הזו, מעניין במיוחד. אפשר להתחיל ולהעלות שאלות פילוסופיות על למה אין יותר בודקים שטורחים להגיע לאירועים מהסוג הזה (בכנות, אין לי מושג למה – זו הזדמנות להכיר אנשים טובים ולשמוע דברים מעניינים. ברנדן קונולי כתב על זה בדיוק לא מזמן), אבל בסופו של יום, היה אירוע, הוא היה מעניין ואני רוצה להשוויץ כי אני הייתי שם ואתם (בהסתברות גבוהה) לא. 
בניגוד לנוהל הסטנדרטי בJeST, התחלנו עם הרצאה קצרה שנקבעה מראש. בכנות? לא נהניתי ממנה כמעט בכלל. הנושא עצמו היה עשוי להיות מעניין “חוויות על עבודה בסקראם”, אלא שההרצאה עצמה הייתה נטולת תוכן. כמעט הכל נשאר ברמה הכללית, כי למרות שהסיפור היה על עבודתו של הדובר בצוותים שונים, נשארנו רחוק מאוד מפרטים שניתן היה ללמוד מהם, והסיפור כולו היה “בצוות אחד לא עבדנו בסקראם היטב, בצוות שני כן, ובעוד צוות אני מנסה לתקן את המצב”. בסדר. שיהיה. 
בהמשך חזרנו לנוהל הרגיל בו כל אחד מהנוכחים רשאי להעלות נושא אחד או יותר עליו הוא רוצה לדבר, או לשאול. לטובת האורח שהגיע אלינו מחו”ל (בחור חביב בשם גולדן הגיע מהודו ואיכשהו מצא את המפגש הזה) ולא הכיר את הכללים, אחרי שאנשים העלו כמה נקודות בהן הם רצו לחלוק מידע, העליתי שתי שאלות ונושא נוסף. השאלות עצמן מעניינות אותי, אבל המטרה המרכזית שלהן הייתה לעודד את גולדן להשתתף גם הוא ולהעלות שאלה (הוא הציג את עצמו כמי שחסר ניסיון באג’ייל ומטרתו הייתה ללמוד קצת מאחרים על איך הם מתמודדים עם זה, כך שרציתי לעודד אותו להוסיף נושא בעצמו). 
בסופו של דבר, נבחרו שני נושאים נוספים על ההרצאה הפותחת, שבעקבותיה התפתח דיון קצר על התנהלות בסקראם, או בכלל. 
הנושא הראשון היה הצעה שלי – מידול איומים והקשר שלו לבדיקות תוכנה. בגדול, הצגתי את מה שכתב אדם שוסטק (ועל זה כתבתי בהרחבה כאן) כאשר מה שהיה מעניין מבחינתי הוא התרגול בדיבור על הנושא והשאלות שעלו בעקבות ההרצאה הקצרה שלי. איכשהו, בספרינט שכמוהו טרם ראיתי, הצלחתי לכסות את הנושא בשתים עשרה דקות (חמש דקות של חריגה משבע הדקות שהוקצבו לי, אבל בהתחשב בזמן שבילינו בשאלות אחר כך, אני חושב שהצלחתי לעניין את הקהל מספיק). אחרי שיישרנו קו והבנו יחד על מה מדובר, עסקנו קצת בשאלות על איך ומתי נכון ליישם את הטכניקה הזו (התשובה שלי – עכשיו, וכל הזמן. ההמשך תלוי במודל הפיתוח), ועל האם ניתן ליצור איזשהו סטנדרט שיספק פיתרון “בטוח” לסיטואציות מסויימות (התשובה לזה, כמובן, היא “לא”, בדיוק כמו שקל מאוד להשתמש בהצפנה חזקה באופן לא מאובטח). 
אחרי דיבר איסי על פילים לבנים, מה שהעלה את השאלה המעניינת – איך ניתן לזהות אותם מוקדם, ומה ניתןו לעשות איתם? איסי גם העלה שאלה מטעם שמואל שנאלץ לפרוש מוקדם – האם לפילים לבנים יש ערך? מה זה פיל לבן? איסי כתב על זה יפה מאוד כאן
בקיצור, מה שאני מנסה לומר הוא זה – אם יש לכם הזדמנות, לכו למפגשי בדיקות, זה מעניין, ויש שם הזדמנות גם לפגוש אנשים, גם להיתקל ברעיונות חדשים, וגם לדבר קצת בפני קהל ידידותי. 
שבת שלום
Last Monday, I attended JeST – A testers meetup in Jerusalem. Besides the fact that Jerusalem is a great place to be in (and, not living there currently, it’s also a good place to pay a visit every now and then), Testers meetups are awesome. Seriously, I don’t understand why there aren’t more testers coming to such events. But, this isn’t the subject (it was covered nicely by Brendan Connolly in his post about “black matter testers“). I want to show off a bit, since I was there, and you – most probably – were not (The meeting was a bit smaller than usual – but we had a guest from India who happened to be in the area and somehow found the meetup, which is very cool).  
Unlike the Usual JeSTs, this one had a first predetermined talk. The subject was “Testers in (fr)agile world”, or, as the speaker put it – A talk from the scrum trenches. I think such a talk could have been interesting, but sadly – it was not. The talk itself can be summarized to “I worked in one team that did scrum poorly, then in another one that did great, and I intend to improve the team I currently in”. There was very little to hold onto in the talk – maybe it was the English (In order to accommodate the guest, we held the meetup in English), maybe it was something else, but I could not find anything tangible that was different from a generic case study – no analysis of why things work and why they didn’t, and very little I could try to see if is applicable to my team (that’s my problem with experience sharing – it has to be done pretty well in order to be interesting to others).
However, after that slow start, we had a short discussion about Agile (in capital A) and Waterfall, and anything in between which was fairly interesting – the good point about small meetups is that we had the privilege of actually having a discussion between everyone instead of a format where everyone gets to talk once or twice and then the time runs out. 
After that (or was it before the actual first talk?), we did the usual shtick of JeST, which is to raise subjects in a manner similar to lean coffee. I actually had three subjects to raise – a couple of questions and a subject I wanted to share with the group. For the questions, I had a double motive in raising them. The primary was, of course, to have them answered, or discussed, but the secondary motive was to encourage Golden, our guest to participate as well (When he presented himself, he said he was just transitioning to agile and came in order to learn from others’ experience, so I assumed he will be more comfortable raising a question instead of standing in front of a bunch of strangers sharing experience that might not interest them, so I wanted to show that even raising open questions without answers is OK). 
By the end of the voting, I found myself standing up and giving a lightning talk about threat modeling – I was awfully unprepared, and I would be far more comfortable speaking about it for an hour with a prepared slideshow, but I did it anyway. By the end, I managed to say most of what I wanted in ~12 minutes (which was five more than the seven I was initially allocated, but judging by the questions afterwards, I would guess I had the audience interested. 
For me, the most interesting part wasn’t the talk itself (which is basically repeating what I read in Adam Shostack’s book on which I wrote in length here), but rather the questions that came afterwards. After we had the basics covered, we discussed a bit when should this activity take place (My answer – right now, and at all times. The rest is depending on how you develop software), and whether someone could just use a standard solution that will be secure for some common problems (Obviously – no. Even if we look on cryptography  – people are using perfectly sound encryption algorithms in a way that renders them completely insecure, and the whole notion of security is even more ambiguous than “simple” encryption). 
After my talk, Issi talked about a subject he touched in his recent blog post – white elephants. We then had a nice discussion of how to identify white elephants, what to do with them and whether or not they have value (Sadly, Shmuel had to leave early, but Issi told us about his opinion that those white elephants still have some value in PR, or even in giving someone something interesting to do for a while). 
All in all, I had a great time (and I’m not even counting the way back, during which I talked with Kobi about some other subjects as well. My message is this – If you have the chance, go and participate in such a meetup. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people, hear about new ideas and have the experience of sharing your ideas in a friendly group. 
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