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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This post is superceded by the book: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.

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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