This is a selection of articles that have been published elsewhere. These were on my blog, which is now decommissioned, so I have transferred then here. They range in date from 2008 to 2013. I have put more recent articles straight onto my blog.
March 2013, Testing Planet. “Teachers, children, testers and leaders” argued that tester must sometimes show leadership in trying to explain and educate others about what is going on.
July 2012, Testing Planet. “Quality isn’t something, it provides something” looked at the way that language shapes thought and explains how we need to maintain a clear distinction between describing the behaviour that we witness and the essential nature of what we are testing. We have to remember that behaviour can vary depending on the circumstances.
February 2010, Testing Planet. “Traditional techniques and motivating staff” was an attempt to explain some personal frustrations with proscriptive standards and detailed processes that bore little relation to the context in which I was working and arguing that I probably did my best work when I had greater freedom.
December 2009, Testing Experience. “Do standards keep testers in the kindergarten?” was my first serious attempt to make a principled, sceptical critique of software #testing standards, years before we saw #ISO29119. I still stand by it. If anything I was too generous about testing standards.
September 2009, TEST magazine. “Bridging the gap – Agile and the troubled relationship between UX and software engineering” was a cover story for TEST Magazine, explaining how Agile and UX (user experience) could be mutually beneficial.
September 2009, TEST magazine. “Testers and coders are both developers” was an opinion piece on the front page of TEST magazine’s website. It argued the basic, but important, point that testers and developers should both be regarded as being part of the same team, and used the analogy of a football team, which requires a balance of different skills.
June 2009, Testing Experience. “Business logic security testing” discussed the problem of testing to try and discover flaws that could lead to fraud and loss arising from abuse by legitimate users of the system, as opposed to intruders.
March 2009, Testing Experience. “What happens to usability when development goes offshore?” looked at the problems that outsourcing, and particularly offshoring has for testers concerned about the usability of applications.
December 2008, Testing Experience. “The seductive and dangerous V model” provided a critique of softare testing’s V Model, explaining its origins in the Waterfall and why it remains damaging.