Should Software Developers Test Their Code Before Launching?

This seems like a silly question. Obviously, developers need to make sure their builds are stable before sending them on to the testing team. So yes, developers must at least taste test their applications. But what we’re really asking is whether developers should conduct rigorous testing, complete with defect reporting, debugging, and methodology selection – [...]

2019-05-19T09:02:28+00:00July 18th, 2016|Blog, Development, Testing|1 Comment

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 [...]

2019-05-19T09:02:29+00:00June 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 [...]

2019-05-19T09:02:32+00:00October 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, Six Thinking [...]

2019-05-19T09:02:32+00:00September 7th, 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 [...]

2019-05-19T09:02:33+00:00June 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 the [...]

2019-05-19T09:02:33+00:00May 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 Hats include: [...]

2019-05-19T09:02:34+00:00April 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 [...]

2019-05-19T09:02:36+00:00November 10th, 2014|Blog, Testing|0 Comments