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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

Thoughts from a TDD kata mob

Test Driven Development has been on my mind lately. I’ve heard from time to time that some people don’t consider Test Driven Development to be a testing activity. Lisa Crispin recently said as much in a piece on modeling test automation, and it’s not obvious to me why it shouldn’t be seen that way. Coincidentally,… Read more

Playing Agile Testing Jenga

While at CAST last summer, one of my goals was to get ideas about how to get non-testers more interested in testing early. One woman (I think her name was Mel or Meg) suggested Agile Testing Jenga as an activity she often ran with teams that might help. There are a lot of posts online… Read more