What Good are Terabytes? Because Data Sets are Not Information.

We keep on amassing more and more data. And we're told frequently about the uses to which this data can be put. But data is not information and information is hard to glean from terabytes of stuff. There are, however, needles in those haystacks. At the same time, some … [Read more...]

Exploratory vs. Scripted Testing: One or the Other, or Both?

What is Exploratory Testing? In the increasingly technical world that we all live in, the need for precise measures and a "five nines" mentality toward everything is growing at a rapid pace. The old adage “If it can’t be measured, it can’t be managed” takes on new meaning … [Read more...]

Two Thoughts on Managing Teams

You need the right number of people to work on your project. Too few, and the work doesn’t get done well or on-time, causing stress to all concerned. Too many, and you spend more time in “management” – and wheel spinning – than getting the work done. Scheduling the … [Read more...]

How to Properly Increase Your Software Pricing

Patrick Campbell is Co-Founder and CEO of Price Intelligently, a value based pricing software company based in Boston, MA. One of the most common questions we receive on our pricing strategy blog concerns how to change prices, and more specifically how to raise them. These … [Read more...]

Your Software Flunked Testing. Now What?

The good news is your shiny new software is back from testing. The bad news is that it flunked. Maybe the QA department determined that the software is too slow, maybe it uses too many resources, maybe it just doesn't work right.  What do you do now? There are a lot of … [Read more...]

A Maverick Approach to Internships

After publishing my recent post about providing software testing programs in college, I heard directly from several people and have seen multiple Twitter debates pop up about this very polarizing topic. I'm trying to contact as many people as possible to hear their opinions … [Read more...]

Setting Up a Model for Success: What Should New Testers Know?

Over the past couple of years, I have had the pleasure of helping develop education initiatives and material for a program called SummerQAmp. SumerQAmp is designed to help students between the ages of 16-24 learn about software testing as a career, train to be eligible for … [Read more...]

How to Speak to a Technical Person

A few days ago, my wife and I were grocery shopping. The cashier behind the counter was jolly and chatty.  When she took my money, I was due to get $0.25 back in change.  Then the following conversation occurred:       Cashier: You're due back 25 cents.  Do you want me to … [Read more...]

Why Not Train Testers Early with Software Testing Degrees?

Let's play a game. Imagine that you're development manager and you have a choice between the following two candidates: Candidate #1: Graduated from M.I.T. with a Computer Science degree. For my senior project, I collaborated on a smartphone app to find and reserve … [Read more...]

Everything I Know About Project Management, I Learned from Game of Thrones

In George R.R. Martin’s masterful series, A Song of Ice and Fire (currently an HBO television show, Game of Thrones), many characters in the fantasy world of Westeros create goals, make plans, maneuver people and events toward the goal they want, and eventually realize their … [Read more...]