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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

Mobile Vs. Web-Based Software Testing: Are They the Same?

15 years ago, software testing was almost the exclusive domain of desktops and laptops. Now, it has become an umbrella term that applies to a range of platforms from PCs and browsers to smartphones, tablets, and even wearable technology.

Despite this proliferation of new devices and interfaces, are the fundamental building blocks of software testing […]

October 13th, 2014|Blog, Testing|2 Comments

Who Finds More Software Bugs? Internal Testers or Public Beta Testers?

Several months ago, we published an article about choosing software testing methodologies. Which approach yields the best results (i.e. the most critical defects, the highest quality reports, the most critical fixes that require the greatest attention, a faster cycle, etc.)?
The article received quite a lot of attention. And one reader followed up with […]

June 25th, 2014|Blog, Testing|0 Comments
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