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James Bach’s Blog

Creator of Rapid Software Testing

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Hiring Me: An Un-Marketing Message

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:56:06 +0000

Like a lot of independent consultants, I feel a bit icky about doing direct sales and marketing. I prefer the indirect approach– to speak and write and just wait until people email me with offers of work. But today I … Continue reading

Six Things That Go Wrong With Discussions About Testing

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 05:26:12 +0000

Talking about software testing is not easy. It’s not natural! Testing is a “meta” activity. It’s not just a task, but a task that generates new tasks (by finding bugs that should be fixed or finding new risks that must … Continue reading

Regression Test Tool for Trash Walking

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 23:09:36 +0000

My recent flirtation with trash-pickup-as-physical-exercise has led me down a familiar path. Even though it is not my responsibility to clean a public road in the first place, once I do it, I find that I feel irrational ownership of … Continue reading

Test Coverage Parallels in Trash Walking

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:53:55 +0000

First, about scope… As I began my trash walking (see here and here), I quickly found that I needed guidelines on what counts as my work space and work product. I am collecting trash along the road, so what does … Continue reading

Test Talk About Trash Walks

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 02:52:01 +0000

So, for exercise, I’m picking up trash. Here is a picture of me all kitted up: So far, I’ve done 37 miles of trash collecting. And I can’t help but see some interesting parallels with software testing… Just Like Testing … Continue reading

The Unnecessary Tool

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:22:49 +0000

My wife bought a Steel Grip 36in Lightweight Aluminum Pick Up Tool. I saw it on our combination dining room/craft/office table and asked her what it was for. “My eye pillow fell behind the bed and I can’t reach it.” … Continue reading

Floating Point Quality: Less Floaty, More Pointed

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:14:48 +0000

Years ago I sat next to the Numerics Test Team at Apple Computer. I teased them one day about how they had it easy: no user interface to worry about; a stateless world; perfectly predictable outcomes. The test lead just … Continue reading

Rethinking Equivalence Class Partitioning, Part 1

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 12:41:24 +0000

Wikipedia’s article on equivalence class partitioning (ECP) is a great example of the poor thinking and teaching and writing that often passes for wisdom in the testing field. It’s narrow and misleading, serving to imply that testing is some little … Continue reading

Accountability for What You Say is Dangerous and That’s Okay

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 19:33:38 +0000

[Note: I offered Maaret Pyhäjärvi the right to review this post and suggest edits to it before I published it. She declined.] A few days ago I was keynoting at the New Testing Conference, in New York City, and I … Continue reading

How Michael Bolton and I Collaborate on Articles

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 06:28:51 +0000

(Someone posted a question on Quora asking how Michael and I write articles together. This is the answer I gave, there.) It begins with time. We take our time. We rarely write on a deadline, except for fun, self-imposed deadlines … Continue reading

CC to Everyone

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:23:16 +0000

I sent this to someone who’s angry with me due to some professional matter we debated. A colleague thought it would be worth showing you, too. So, for whatever it’s worth: I will say this. I don’t want anyone to … Continue reading

The Bestselling Software Intended for People Who Couldn’t Use It.

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:26:41 +0000

In 1983, my boss, Dale Disharoon, designed a little game called Alphabet Zoo. My job was to write the Commodore 64 and Apple II versions of that game. Alphabet Zoo is a game for kids who are learning to read. … Continue reading

The New Testing Conference

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 00:34:21 +0000

Anna Royzman is starting a new testing conference which she has decided to call the New Testing Conference. Anna has asked me to tell you about some of the ways we will be trying to live up to that bold … Continue reading

We. Use. Tools.

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 11:17:25 +0000

Context-Driven testers use tools to help ourselves test better. But, there is no such thing as test automation. Want details? Here’s the 10,000 word explanation that Michael Bolton and I have been working on for months. Editor’s Note: I have … Continue reading

Reinventing Testing: What is Integration Testing? (part 2)

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:45:52 +0000

These thoughts have become better because of these specific commenters on part 1: Jeff Nyman, James Huggett, Sean McErlean, Liza Ivinskaia, Jokin Aspiazu, Maxim Mikhailov, Anita Gujarathi, Mike Talks, Amit Wertheimer, Simon Morley, Dimitar Dimitrov, John Stevenson. Additionally, thank you … Continue reading