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If...

With most humble apologies to Rudyard Kipling...

If you can test when tests are always failing,
When failing tests are sometimes blamed on you,
If you can trace a path when dev teams doubt that,
Defend your test and reason with them too...

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How did Project Intelligence get started?

As part of an interview for the Empirix QAZone website, I was asked a series of questions. Here's one of them and my answer.

"Paul, you devised a very interesting concept of “Project Intelligence”, a corresponding framework and a course on this topic. How would you define it, and also can you share with QAZone a little about how it “started”?"

Advice to New and Experienced Testers

As part of an interview for the Empirix QAZone website, I was asked a series of questions. Here's one of them and my answer.

"What are some of the recommendations that you have for folks starting a career in testing/QA there? Also, do you have any tips that you could share with some of our “newbie” QAZone member to help them prepare for growth and success?"

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Non-functional is a non event

The raw materials of real engineering: steel, concrete, water, air, soil, electomagnetic waves, electricity, obey the laws of physics.

Software of course, does not.

Engineering is primarily about meeting trivial functional requirements and complex technical requirements using materials that obey the laws of physics.

I was asked recently whether the definitions - Functional and Non-Functional - are useful.

My conclusion was - at the least, they aren't helpful. At worst debilitating. There's probably half a dozen other themes in the initial statement but I'll stick to this one.

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Developing Testers - What Can We Learn from Athletes? 1

This post is based on the first section of a paper I'm writing to accompany my Eurostar Keynote talk in December.

Motivation for this Talk
This talk is based on my experience of doing two things. Coaching rowers and coaching testers – two things close to my heart. There are some universal rules about coaching and I wanted to explore some of the commonalities between coaching athletes (rowers are athletes) and testers.

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