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Cool Science Toys

I'm a big fan of Dr Ben Goldacre's 'Bad Science' site and I commend it, if you appreciate good science and have a view on health matters. (You don't???)

A recent post I meant to mention in my blog earlier covers... Cool Science Toys.

Take a look. The Phun 2D Physics Sandbox toy is quite superb. I wish I was five years old all over again.

Comment's on Ben's blog introduce some other spectacular 'toys'.

Check this out...

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HP Sponsored Webcast on Risk-Based Testing

Colin Robb of HP asked me to take part in a live, interactive webcast which took place on 21 November 2007.

Co-panellist Paul Herzlich joined Colin and myself and we spent an interesting hour or so presenting three views and taking some Q&A.

The webcast was part of HP's launch of Quality Center 9.2 which can now be used to support the Project Intelligence approach I've been advocating for the last few years.

Simplistically, QC can be configured to provide coverage targets in three dimensions.

    Test Management Certificaton Survey 2005

    A few items of information were left behind by the move to using a CMS to manage the site. One of these was a survey I conducted in 2005...

    At the Test Management Forum meeting on Wednesday 26th October 2005, I introduced and facilitated a discussion of the “Skill Set of a Test Manager”. Inevitably, the potential for a Test Management Certification scheme was also discussed. The discussion was lively and covered a broad range of issues relating to skill-sets, the ISEB/ISTQB scheme – other attributes of good (and bad) Test Managers, assessment and recruitment.

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    Post Agilism - an apology to Jonathan Kohl

    About a year or so ago I posted a Mr Angry challenge to a blog post by Jonathan Kohl. It was a grumpy complaint about a post of his description of the 'post-agilist' er, situation. A year ago, I was interested in what was happening but was no better informed at the blogs that talked of post-agilism. The grumpy post didn't achieve much except a bit of criticism of myself (but not much really ... ner ner).

    I should therefore, have withdrawrn the offending post some time ago - but real life gets in the way and I didn't. I apologise to Jonathan Kohl whole-heartedly. Sorry mate. :-)

    Clients, Contexts and Schools

    There's been a lively discussion on axioms of testing and the subject of schools came up in that conversation. I'm not a member of any particular school and if people like to be part of one - good for them. I think discussion of schools is a distraction and doesn't help the axioms debate at all. I do suggest that axioms are context- and school- independent - so with respect to schools of testing, I had better explain my position here.

    Does a set of irrefutable test axioms exist?

    This post is superceded by the book:

    The Tester's Pocketbook

    The latest (and all future) definitions of the axioms will appear here:

    Test Axioms Website.

    Is it possible to define a set of axioms that provide a framework for testing that all the variations of test approach currently being advocated align with or obey? In this respect, an axiom would be an uncontested principle; something self-evidently and so obviously true and not requiring proof. What would such test axioms look like?

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    Launch of Aqastra

    For the past fifteen or more years, a significant amount of the onsite training we've done for clients has been oriented towards teaching business users to become acceptance testers. Typically, clients ask for a 1-2 day introduction to the basics and some practice in creating and running tests. In most cases the client wants to introduce their people to some structure and method so they can be joined by some professional testers and led by an experienced test manager. On occasion, we've been asked to lead these teams.