The cave of the testing troll

Hindsight lessons about automation: Why automation?

Reading Time: 4 minutesI started the first post with coding and I made the first and most common mistake that everyone doing automation does – diving in explanations how to do automation, instead of trying to explain why automation is important and beneficial for us (thanks to Jim Hazen for pointing that out to me). In fact I […]

I will speak at Romanian testing conference 2018

Reading Time: 3 minutesMy talk “Automation vs. intelligence – “come with me, if you want to live”” was accepted and I will be having the honour and the pleasure to speak at one of the best events I’ve ever attended  – Romanian testing conference 2018. It’s funny that only a year ago, I haven’t stepped on a stage […]

Hindsight lessons about automation: Start automating

Reading Time: 6 minutesThe first topic of the series will be how to start automating. As I gave a promise to myself, I will put some effort in clarifying, mainly to myself and whoever wants to read, knowledge of automation as a specifically targeted activity towards the goals of automation and in support of testing. So, this series […]

The missing link between testing and automation

Reading Time: 7 minutesIf there’s a contest for the buzzword of the century, although I don’t think testing was around for a century, yet, I am almost 100% sure it will be test automation, or automated testing. If you read or listen to test talks it’s “automation this”, “automation that”, “automation everything”. It’s definitely over used and over […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 test 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 […]

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. […]