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stress cases, pt. 2: peppy messaging

I wrote about stress cases a couple months ago (http://racheljoi.com/2019/stress-cases-pt-1/), and since then, I’ve thought a lot more about stress cases and given a keynote at Agile Testing Days USA about them. (It was a great conference, and I’ll write…

virtual reality testing (stay tuned)

I was in Reef Migration, a virtual reality experience for the Vive, and it got me thinking about testing virtual reality. (A video of Reef Migration is here.) Reef Migration is one of three underwater VR experiences in TheBlu, and…

stress cases, pt. 1

Stress cases acknowledge the human element of using our software. Often, we say that something is an “edge case” or a “corner case”, which really ends up meaning that we don’t want to fix it or won’t fix it. That’s…

new board games rundown

I spent the better part of five days last week playing the newest board games at a convention in Seattle. It was quite a change from the board game convention I usually go to, where players have about 40 hours…

pair testing adventures

Last week, I finally did what I’ve been wanting to do for months (years) and engaged in pair testing three times with some differing results. what is pair testing? Pair testing is a lot like pair programming, where you have…

CAST retrospective

I attended the Conference of the Association for Software Testing (CAST) two weeks ago in Cocoa Beach, Florida. It was a fantastic learning and networking experience over four days, and I’m still reeling a little bit. I started with a…

automation thoughts – an update

Last year, I wrote some thoughts about the benefits of manual testing. The posts are here and here. Now that I’ve been on an agile team for over a year, and doing some automation, I think (hope) I have some…

two years of dates

For Christmas of 2015, Carl and I decided to plan a year of dates. We alternated months and planned an activity around town (or at least within driving distance), trying to keep the overall budget down, but allowing for a…

training a tester

I may have mentioned a few months ago that I’m training a tester who is new to mobile. We’re four months in, and I’m surprised to find that I’m still answering (many) questions daily. Language does play an important role,…

finding purpose

I like my employer, and I like my new career as a software tester, and though I strive to be excellent, when I leave work, I do my best not to think about it until the next day. I’ll sometimes…