Testers as Experts in Failure

Testers as Experts in Failure

How testing deserves respect for a legacy of failing forward. You’ve been there. Stuck in that post-mortem meeting to discuss the consequences of poor testing or no testing practices after being hit hard with a production failure or outage. It is tough being a...
Ask the Tester: Michael Larsen

Ask the Tester: Michael Larsen

Who’s Michael Larsen? Who’s Michael Larsen? Really? You need to get out more! He’s the lead tester at Sidereel. Michael Larsen has been testing software in Silicon Valley since Heavy Metal Bands had big hair. A former musician (one of those big...
Ask the Tester: Michael Larsen

Ask the Tester: Perze Ababa

Have you ever heard of the New York Times? How about iVillage, a division of NBC Universal? You have, eh? We suspected you might. It turns out these large companies have websites that serve readers from around the world with constantly changing content, pulling data...
YU55 Near Miss

YU55 Near Miss

I dare to ask about the consequences of an eventually failing asteroid observation software. I think the good news is that there are a lot of amateurs out there who will use a broad variety of similar tools which calculate and “estimate” the same thing. If one of...
The Shift, From Stereotypical to Effective Tester

The Shift, From Stereotypical to Effective Tester

A stereotypical description of an application tester’s role is usually about being given specifications, reporting bugs, verifying and closing bugs. This stereotypical tester will have a part to play in a testing organization, but will always be considered an outsider...