Testbash Germany 2017 – wurst practices and trolls

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt was great – my first Ministry of testing event – Testbash Germany and my second time speaking in front of audience out of Bulgaria. So, the result is – it was simply amazing, I loved it. I would love to say big thanks to the organizers – Patrick Prill, Marcel Gahlen, Vera, Kristine the teams of Quality minds GmbH and Mailborn Wolff for letting us in their offices for the premeet up and open space, I would like to […]

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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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Beating robots down with your bare hands: Quality

Reading Time: 8 minutesI’ve recently had a conversation with Maaret Pyhäjärvi related to a topic I’ve submitted to Eurotest Conf, it was about AI and humans, and quality of testing and all that hype around us loosing our jobs to machines. Well, the talk didn’t quite make it to the conference schedule, but it was great I had the opportunity to speak with Maaret at first and talking with her actually gave me some interesting ideas to think of. So, thanks for that, Maaret! […]

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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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What is software testing according to the “others”

Reading Time: 6 minutesI took a long break from blogging and the series of “what software testing is”, so before I go back to them, I would like to share my personal observations on some interesting facts. It’s actually related to what software testing is, but it’s sort of outsider’s view. It’s actually part of the reasons why I started the series what software testing is/not- the fact that opinions about testing are often shaped by people outside of testing. So, have you ever […]

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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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Test automation – the bitter truth

Reading Time: 7 minutesRecently, I came across this awesome blog post by Mike Talks where he tells the story of his personal experience with automation and all the false expectations that he and his team had about it, and it is really an awesome post, if you hadn’t read it, go do it now. And I really got inspired by it, I recently write a little post concerning automation and I figured out I had much more to say. I was really busy doing […]

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