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John Stevenson
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A test is...
On twitter Santhosh Tuppad posted the following tweet: It made me think about what 'a test' really is. I made half an attempt to improve the statement Santhosh made and suggested the following: This would make the statement read as following: A Test is an e...

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Fake News!
It has been a long time since my last post and I apologize, there have been many factors as to why this has been the case some to do with work load and others to do with my health.  Suffice to say I may not publish as often but I still want to get out into ...

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Debating and challenging.
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum....”  ― Noam Chomsky, The Common Good There has been a lot of debate, posts and discussions about w...

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What do we mean by testers learning to be technical?
I recently say a post by  Justin Rohrman  entitled " Do testers need to code ".  The following line gave me some concerns: "So, I think that testers do need to learn some programming skills now." Now I wish to begin by stating I am not against testers learn...

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Introverts and Extroverts - stop labeling yourself.
This post maybe a little controversial and uncomfortable to some readers.  As social creatures we like to label ourselves as certain types.  We like to be part of groups, tribes and social circles. The issue is when we, or others, use these types to definin...

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Testing Skills #10 - Persuasion and Selling
Like it or not everyone is now a salesperson. As Daniel Pink states in his book ' To Sell is Human ': "If you spend any of your time both personal or in work "persuading, influencing, and convincing others," you're in sales." The world of work is changing a...

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Stuck in Limbo
It has been awhile since my last post.  There are many reasons as to why: Been very busy with a new project Preparing talks for conferences. Romanian Testing Conference Agile Alliance - Atlanta, GA, USA Small talk for New Voice Media Trying to get a book fi...

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A list of games taken to Testbash
Testbash in Brighton was yet again a highly organised and community based testing conference. Signup for the Ministry of Testing Dojo to see the talks, which should be available soon. At a pre-testbash meetup in Brighton I was asked by Rosie if I would not ...

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Interviews and Videos
I thought I would start the new year with a brief post about what I have been up to over the holiday period. I was approached by the editors of Teatime with Testers magazine seeking permission to publish my current series of posts on testing skills - the fi...

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Test Execution Model - updated
This is a follow on to the post I recently did about the automation pyramid that Richard Bradshaw gave at MEWT. Following on from this some in the testing Twitterverse asked if Richard and I would do a video for the new initiative created by Richard called ...
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