Originally posted on 10/04/2017

Recently I did a 99 second talk at TestBash in Brighton in which I compared golf to testing:

Now I know golf is a rather dull subject to many people who may have never played it so I’ll try not to bore you all too much. ;)

The thing with golf as anyone who has ever watched it on TV knows is that you only ever need a single golf club to play golf at the highest level; Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Seve Ballasteros, Tiger Woods etc only ever used one club!

Originally Posted: 31/07/2016

On Wednesday of last week the Software Testing Clinic held yet another excellent event in London; this time at the Thoughtworks offices in the West End (I love your London office space Thoughtworks!) and the topic this month was Exploratory Testing.

During the clinic there was a lot of discussion as you’d imagine from a room of extremely intelligent and passionate testers and on one subject I made a comment along the lines of:

I think there’s a difference between an assumption and a bias — a bias is always negative and an assumption mainly positive


Hi folks; I have a question for you…

At any point in your testing career have you ever asked yourself questions like:

“Why do I bother?” (lack of progress)

“Maybe this isn’t the role for me and I need to move on” (not feeling integral to your team)

“You think I can do x well enough to do a talk on it, but I’m not really sure” (Imposter syndrome)

In those types of circumstance, I’ve found that a short “pep talk” from family or friends helps to shift that negative feeling away somewhat, but often those talks have no specific…


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