Manual testing has no future, manual testing has no past. It never existed!

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn case I never stated it clearly enough on the pages of my blog, because I am normally saying this when I speak at  conferences – I absolutely disagree with the existence and the usefulness of the term “manual testing”. I truly believe testing has never been manual, nor it will ever become. I am ready to go further – I will challenge anyone defending the usefulness of the term manual testing to share why does he or she thinks […]

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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 of blog posts aim to be: Short, about 5 mins reads, although that’s very hard for me. Practical – no bullshit, just empirical, productive advice […]

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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 abused and I bet large number of the people giving advises on it have no fucking clue what they are talking about. Or at least […]

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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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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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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: https://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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