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Part 2 of James Bach TechWell Interview (exploratory)

Posted by Jon Bach on January 6, 2011 What follows is the exploratory portion of the scripted questions I gave my brother James, which was published on Techwell here. Notice that just as with exploratory testing, I react and change my next question (test) after I get the answer (the results of the previous test) […]

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What “Quality” Means

Posted by Jon Bach on December 10, 2010 Ron Jeffries, 12/09/10: “Are there places where lower quality has less negative impact? Possibly. Except maybe on your soul.” When I read this, I was confused as to what he meant by “low quality.” “Low” in what context? “Low” defined by whom? What does he mean by […]

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What should happen at conferences

Posted by Jon Bach on November 22, 2010 Last week, the Software Association of Oregon hosted a one-day Open Space conference. Accompanied by Andrew Richards, Stephanie El-Hajj, and a cadre of SAO and Portland QASIG / DevSIG volunteers, Diana Larsen did a masterful job facilitating 160 people gathered (at first) in a huge circle of […]

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A New Thread

Posted by Jon Bach on August 26, 2010 Some of you know me and my brother James as exploratory testing practitioners. You also know us as firmly aligned with the principles of the Context-Driven School. But sometimes we’re more known for being the guys who created Session-Based Test Management to solve the problem of how […]

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More about “automated” baseball…

Posted by Jacob Stevens on June 21, 2010 My esteemed colleague Jon Bach just made the very good point in his “Automated Baseball?” entry that automation is, ultimately, a test tool. It doesn’t replace testing, but assists and empowers testing. So here’s another example of a test tool in the guise of something else: code […]

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Automated Baseball?

Posted by Jon Bach on June 3, 2010 Something big happened in a baseball game last night that is causing a buzz in the sports world today. I think it’s related to a buzz in the world of software testing. Armando Galarraga, a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, was on the verge of pitching a […]

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The Right Combination

Posted by Jon Bach on May 22, 2010 Once upon a time, I was in a meeting in a conference room with a projector on the table, chained to the desk with a combination lock — the kind that has four dials with numbers from 0 to 9. The bulb on the projector was burned […]

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Toward Better Bugs

Posted by Jon Bach on April 6, 2010 Did you know there’s a difference between “failure” and “fault”? For years, I didn’t. When I learned the difference, it was a profound epiphany and I found it really helpful in coaching testers. Failure — an error produced by an underlying cause. Fault — the underlying cause. […]

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