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Happy Testing New Year (for 2017)


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    Happy Testing New Year (for 2017)

    TLDR; Happy New Year - And all the best for 2017 - resolve to make changes every day - don’t rely on a single point in the year.
    I try to avoid New Year’s Resolutions.

    I think we need to resolve to make changes every day.

    But… The Evil Tester Sloganizer has a resolution template

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    Here are some examples if you want some inspiration for making Resolutions…

    I resolve to Question More Requirements

    • Take nothing for granted
    • Model “Testing” as a Questioning Process
    • I use techniques from Psychotherapy to ask questions
    • I recommend “The Structure of Magic” volumes 1 & 2 by Bandler and Grinder for good questioning ideas.
    • I wrote about this in “NLP meta model for testers” compendiumdev.co.uk/nlp
    • and here compendiumdev.co.uk/page/nstc201605

    I think I might just create a log of what I explore

    I suppose I could scrutinize ambiguity

    • You bet you could
    • The ‘meta model’ that I mentioned earlier covers how to do this
    • And I wrote about his a long time ago in a “Test Scripting” essay compendiumdev.co.uk/page/testscripting

    I suppose I could write down what I learn

    And, this is what I do. I keep a log of actions, decisions, todos, results, and things I learn. Over the course of the day it builds up and supports my end of day and periodic history reviews.
    I do all of this in an Evernote which is titled “20161231 Day Notes - Saturday”, but I change the date, and the day of the week. The day of the week is to help me remember what day it is!

    I made a resolution to practice so that I can test intelligently

    And I do practice.

    • I create coding exercises,
    • I look for web sites that use technology I don’t understand.
    • I try to bypass GUIs that I don’t like.
    • I try to apply all the stuff I read in books from non-testing subjects to testing.

    I practice so I can test better and with more deliberate thoughtful action.

    Don’t Rely on a New Year’s Resolution

    Renew and Revisit your resolutions every day.

    • Write down the actions you will take today (todo list).
    • Write down your “WHY?” - the things you are fighting against, the goals you want to hit, the results you want to achieve, the benefits you are working towards.
    • Throughout the day write down the actions that you take and the results you achieve.
    • At the end of the day, write down your why, and what you will do next.

    And repeat. Every day. To keep renewing and working towards your resolutions.

    Happy New Year - And all the best for 2017
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    Happy Software Testing New Year 2017 from Alan Richardson