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As a Software Tester, Should You Fix Simple Mistakes?

The division of labor couldn’t be clearer:

Quality assurance professionals are supposed to test and report bugs.
Software developers are supposed to build and fix code.

Getting a product ready for launch might require hundreds (or thousands) of back-and-forth exchanges to fix all defects. However, that’s how the industry is set up.

But what about those really minor […]

June 20th, 2016|Blog, Development, Testing|0 Comments

The 6 Thinking Hats of Software Quality Assurance Testing

When Edward de Bono published 6 Thinking Hats in 1985, he was speaking primarily to the business community. Over the past 3 decades, however, de Bono’s revolutionary approach to project management has spilled into countless other disciplines – including software testing.

We’ve spent the last several months outlining the importance of de Bono’s approach as […]

October 6th, 2015|6 Thinking Hats, Blog, Testing|1 Comment

It Actually IS Easy Being Green – at Least in Software Testing

Effective software testing is more than just an art or science. The successful tester must call on a range of disciplines to develop quality products. This success becomes amplified when all team members wear different hats and assume various responsibilities – at least according to Edward de Bono, author of the 1985 classic, […]

September 7th, 2015|6 Thinking Hats, Blog, Testing|0 Comments

When Software Testing Is All Sunshine and Roses

By definition, software quality assurance is a highly analytical discipline. As you test and debug different products, you rely more on the left hemisphere of your brain – the side that handles logic.

If there were a color associated with this analytical approach, it would probably be a neutral gray – devoid of any emotional […]

August 12th, 2015|6 Thinking Hats, Blog, Testing|0 Comments

Black Hat Software Testing – It’s Not What You Think

When it comes to SEO and network security, the term “black hat” has very negative – often illegal – connotations. But in managerial circles, wearing the Black Hat can be a good thing.

Not just good.

Done correctly, Black Hat thinking can play an invaluable role in business success.

According to Edward de Bono’s […]

July 6th, 2015|6 Thinking Hats, Blog, Testing|0 Comments

Can Software Testing Ever Be an Emotional Experience?

Of course software testing can become emotional. Who among us hasn’t gotten frustrated by a particularly stubborn fix – or felt the elation of finally finishing a difficult project?

However, these experiences are usually unpredictable. We become overwhelmed and caught off guard by our emotions.

But according to Edward de Bono, there are times when […]

June 10th, 2015|6 Thinking Hats, Blog, Testing|0 Comments

White Hat Thinking: the Most Important Software Testing Tool of All

In last month’s article, we explored an innovative approach to project management – one in which teams could improve their chances of success by adopting 6 complementary “lateral thinking” styles throughout the development process.

The concept was first introduced by Edward de Bono in his 1985 landmark book, Six Thinking Hats. And in […]

May 18th, 2015|6 Thinking Hats, Blog, Testing|0 Comments

Why Software Testers Wear Many Hats

In 1985, Edward Charles Francis Publius de Bono (yes – his real name) introduced a lateral thinking concept in his landmark book, Six Thinking Hats.

According to this new philosophy, it is possible to fuse the best components of many different cognitive styles to achieve optimal results in project management.

These 6 color-coded […]

April 30th, 2015|6 Thinking Hats, Blog, Testing|0 Comments

Software Testers – Invisible Ghosts in the Code

What do structural engineers, fact-checkers, and anesthesiologists have in common?

According to researcher and author, David Zweig:

When people in these professions underperform, the consequences are catastrophic
When they do their jobs perfectly, these professionals remain invisible

In his new book, Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion, Zweig defines “Invisibles” as high-performing professionals […]

November 10th, 2014|Blog, Testing|0 Comments

Removing “Guesswork” from the Software Testing Process?

As software testers, we routinely make educated “guesses” about:

What bugs exist
Why they occur
How to fix them

This type of work adds tremendous value to the software development cycle.

But there exists another strain of guesswork – one that adds zero value. In fact, it often results in excessive lag times and escalating costs. We’re talking […]

October 27th, 2014|Blog, Testing|0 Comments