Thinking past the simple answers to the myths and methods of testing.

13: Anybody can Test

Andy and Ian pull open the idea that "anybody can test". What's behind the perspective? What's missed?

  • "Testing is easy, doesn't require a special skillset"
    • We hire testers without experience
    • Pay gap
    • Sub in non-testers to help, and they find bugs
    • Scripted, repeatable tests
  • Testing as a general word
  • Testing to provide information

12: The Five Languages of Testing?

If you look at the Schools of Software Testing as tribes in the model of Arnold Kling's Three Languages of Politics, what would you find each tribe values? Andy leads a thought experiment to build awareness in value axes of the field.

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11: The Value in Test Cases

Ian and Andy look for the value in test cases vs. other approaches to testing.

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10: Lenses of Testing

This week Andy and Ian challenge the idea that there is only one way to test an application. Good testing involves looking at the application through multiple lenses, such as requirements, risk, the "-ilities" and our own experience.

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9: What's the point of process?

In this episode, Ian thinks that process is annoying and wants to go rogue. Andy points out he's being selfish and there might be a reason. Discussion follows.

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  • The Monkey Experiment (apparently, not really a real experiment)
  • More on retrospectives
  • Jerry Weinberg's "It's always a people problem" is his Second Law of Consulting from his book,
  • Manager Tools podcast (where Mark Horstman and Mike Auzenne talk about many great topics, including Mark's definition of conflict ("2 people living in the same county"))

7: Nuance Matters... Sometimes

In this episode, Ian and Andy ramble on about nuance and how it matters (sometimes). They talk about testing and checking, bug and defect, meander into audio panning, and wrap up with bug advocacy. Peeping Tom the turkey guests, adding occasional commentary.

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