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Use it or (you might as well) lose it

This is a lesson highlighted by three interactions the last couple weeks. I was going to title this post “Existence is insufficient”, but I found myself taking an unexpected turn in the last section. Let’s see if it still makes sense. 1. Unit tests existing is insufficient I was talking to someone about the difficulty… Read more

Testing as prevention instead of diagnosis

On the topic of testing clichés, I recently heard again something along the lines of “testing only provides information, it doesn’t increase quality by itself.” There was a time where I might have agreed with that, but lately I’m not so sure. The idea is that testing alone can’t make the product any better, because… Read more

Test Driven Markup and other tips

Everything but content is an enhancement. Heydon Pickering, “Inclusive Design Patterns” Last fall I had the pleasure to see Heydon Pickering speak at the #a11yTO conference in Toronto. He was not only an entertaining speaker but I also learned a ton listening to him. After the conference I got a copy of his book Inclusive… Read more

UX clichés are also testing clichés

If enough people work in a discipline for long enough, eventually they’re going to start noticing patterns and poking fun at their own clichés. Testing has our fair share: “works on my machine” comes to mind. Someone in the UX group at work recently shared a list of user research and design clichés. Some highlights… Read more

Showcasing failure (and what Claire Saffitz taught me about testing)

What if we had a YouTube series of someone trying to create “gourmet” versions of ideal automated test suites that are described by “thought leaders” and experts in the field online? Let people see how hard it is, how long it can take, and how important seeing the failures are, while at the same time… Read more