Best practices in testing and Galenic medicine

Reading Time: 3 minutesI try to go to a lot of testing conferences, I think it’s a good way to try to shift your perspective to a higher level by comparing your understandings with someone else’s and challenge them. There’s hardly a single conference, where no one will mention use of best practices in testing or best practices in test automation.   What are best practices in testing? To me, it looks like best practices are mostly a way for a person to […]

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Mentoring question – where do I start learning testing

Reading Time: 5 minutesI got the following question in my mentoring section: “Where do I start in learning testing?” Obviously, this is very generic question, yet I think I have some stuff to offer on it. So, I decided to reply to it publicly. Here’s a short list of things you can do to start with learning testing. Learning testing is not for everyone. The way that the question is asked, uncovers the hidden assumption that there’s one definitive answer, something like: go […]

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Learning testing by teaching others: one year of lessons

Reading Time: 6 minutesI am a strong believer that the best way to learn something is to try teach it to somebody else, even if this way you risk embarrassing yourself and/or look stupid. That’s why I started the mentoring section of my blog and that’s how my passion to teaching was born. It’s been a year, so far,  since I started being a part-time lecturer in a local academy for software testing, called Pragmatic. It was a great time and I am […]

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Software testing is… part 2 – rooted in social science

Reading Time: 8 minutesThis is the second part of the series software testing is, based on the mind map I provided in the initial post, you can take a look here: http://mrslavchev.com/2016/11/04/software-testing-is-part-1/ I bet that big part of the readers of this blog will be puzzled by the presence of the words software and social science in the same sentence and that’s OK. Here’s how it goes. The current state of thinking about software testing. When I was a newbie, not that I consider […]

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The non-manual, unautomated tester

Reading Time: 4 minutesI’ve been struggling with the division of manual and automation testing, practically since I started testing – about 3 years ago. I’ve switched sides couple of times, probably sharing all the false expectations that people have even today, claiming to be on any of the both sides. After all I decided for myself that I won’t pick a side, that testing is something that’s above the approach that we use to perform it. Occasionally, I will speak with people and […]

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Software testing is.. part 1 – exploratory.

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt’s been a while since my last blog post, I took a long break for the summer, but I am still not done with figuring out what software testing is. Just as a quick overview of what happened until now, the basic idea behind all of that was that I am still seeing people being able to recognize what software testing is not, what doesn’t belong to software testing, but when it comes to define testing or describe what software […]

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Being the “one man army tester” – mentoring question

Reading Time: 7 minutesThis is another question that was received via the mentoring form on my blog and it goes like this: Message Body: Hi, I’m reading your blog every week it helps me a lot, i have a couple of questions which i hope to answer, first one: 1- In my current job i’m the only tester, i defined the processes from planning, design, execution and test closing, i perform manual testing and performing very little bit automation using selenium webdriver with […]

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Organic testing

Reading Time: 5 minutesNote: Before I start this, I want to share the story how it came to my mind. I was working on the Lightning talk – “The hidden wisdom of the testing troll” and I actually made it as a joke, using all the public buzz that all organic food offer. When I thought about it, testing is organic in it’s nature. So, I decided it’s worth it to split that topic in a separate post. It’s also worth it to […]

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Software testing is not … easy to explain. Last part.

Reading Time: 5 minutesSoftware testing is not… Software testing is not … part 2. Software testing is not … part 3. Software testing is not… finding bugs part 4 Software testing is not … playing. Part 5 There it goes, finally I come to the final chapter of the series of what software testing is not. The topics that I choose to cover in it are: Software testing is not … set of predefined actions. I bet you and I am pretty sure […]

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Automation or manual testing – mentoring question.

Reading Time: 3 minutesI am happy to say, that this is the first question that came through the mentoring form on my blog. It has been a while before someone “takes the courage” to ask a question 🙂 So, once again people, if you have any questions – ask, I don’t bite, I am only trying to help. As I promised, I won’t use real names, so I will replace them with any that I made up. Here it is: Hello, I have […]

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