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Why Testers Should Watch ’Black Mirror’?

A Tester’s Litmus Test

May 26, 2017

Testers nowadays are generally acknowledged as valuable members of an Agile or DevOps team. I often wonder if this newly acquired status stems from positive experiences with testers or from the general recognition that testing is important. To be honest, I fear it stems from the latter. My personal experiences with testers is very diverse,...

Fail to Fail

April 13, 2017

Since the first of march this year I switched to another business line within Sogeti Netherlands. With a sense of melancholy, I decided it was time to leave the world of test and quality after 10 years, knowing that in my heart I will always look at the quality and see imperfections in the software...

Testing with Self-learning and Self-exploring Testing Tools

March 30, 2017

Testing with self-learning and self-exploring testing tools By Rik Marselis and Sander Mol Introduction In what way will machine intelligence assist us as testers in the future? While we were discussing this matter for a while, we thought of the concept of self-learning and self-exploring testing tools. Below we sketch our ideas. And at the...

March 9, 2017 by

As a Star Wars fan, writing stuff about “Trek” is a bit awkward. Nonetheless, the replicator is a fascinating machine. The replicator made its first real appearance in The Next Generation series of Star Trek already in 1987. In older Star Trek series, there were hints towards a replicator but only as a bio-matter or...

January 25, 2017 by

As the DevOps trend goes on and transformations are in full-swing I stumbled upon the zero touch trend. New, well not really, although not to me at least. For those less familiar with it, in a really tiny nutshell to me this is zero touch testing; “A zero-touch lab is where any engineer, at any...

January 9, 2017 by

In a couple of blogs, I look to the future of IoT and testing. My last blog (From SoS to MoM) describes how the test cases do the thinking. In this blog, we build further on the System of Systems(SoS) concept to Model of Models(MoM) and consider the world where multi model predictions become a...

December 26, 2016 by

In almost every movie, TV show or book, there are always three basic characters: the good guy, who does everything right and, after some problems, has a happy ending, the ugly, who is very nice and helps the former to make his dreams come true, and the bad, who tries to avoid that happy ending....

December 1, 2016 by

I have several friends who work in the book business as editors. During the last 10 years, I’ve managed to get a glimpse into their work and see how a manuscript is transformed from the first draft into a full-fledged novel. It is no secret that most authors thank first and foremost their editors when...

November 30, 2016 by

In my last blog post we established the need for continuous improvement; let us now look at how a testing professional’s role has evolved. This will give us a better idea of the kind of retraining and improvement required from a testing professional. Originally, in the waterfall context, the tester was often a part of...

November 29, 2016 by

Whew! What a week it’s been. I just got back from the EuroSTAR conference in Stockholm and let me tell you, it’s been quite a ride. 4 days filled with non-stop tutorials, presentations, networking sessions, dinners, meeting old friends and new, learning cool stuff and a just an all-around smorgasbord of fun and learning. It...

November 10, 2016 by

Have you ever thought of controlling AI? Neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris explores fears regarding Artificial Intelligence (AI). We should be scared says Harris; we are creating an incredible technology which will have the power to destroy us. It is non-argumantative, to say that ‘We shouldn’t worry, because we have still 10, 50 or 100 years to go before...

November 3, 2016 by

The latest issue of the World Quality Report shows that more and more organizations and teams are struggling to get the right level of focus on all the rapid changes we are facing. The realities of the speed of change driven by Digital and the shift in IT functions towards Agile and DevOps have exposed...

October 31, 2016 by

Last week, I went with my little cousins to see a performance of “The Little Prince”, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Obviously, this play has nothing to do with testing, but the tester in mecould resonate a lot with the play. At the beginning of the play (and the book), when the little prince meets the...

October 24, 2016 by

Often I get questions like, must I become an I, T, π- or M-shaped professional in order to be prepared for the – near – future? Well, I don’t think so. Personally I think you should move towards an Y-shaped professional or even better towards an antenna or funnel-shaped professional! But before I explain this,...

August 29, 2016 by

My neighbour Margit is a teacher in a local school. A couple of days ago, we met in the front yard and chatted about getting started after the summer break, and she told me that she was getting introduced to the concept of challenge based learning. Curious as I am, I had to search for...

June 7, 2016 by

Do you use a smartphone today? Yes. Did you use a smartphone 10 years ago? No. Do you use a robot today? Probably not. Will you use a robot in 10 years from now? Yes! Does that perspective bother you? What are the risks? What are the possibilities? What by today’s definition is a robot?...

March 9, 2016 by

What happens in a test automation project when input test case designs to be automated and their associated requirements are not trustworthy or they change, evolve or become inconsistent, even when the project is already started? One of the main consequences of such kind of situations is bewilderment. This answer poses a challenge: how to deal...

February 25, 2016 by

We are three years away from the golden jubilee of the first human ever landing on the moon.  The 1960s was the era when everyone was fascinated by space travel. One of the first hits of the legendary David Bowie, “Space oddity” (about astronaut Major Tom) is testimony to this. As you know the first...

January 6, 2016 by

For many years the generally accepted approach has been load testing, with the general intent of determining that capacity planning has been sufficient. When the dynamic web content is largely gernerated server side, using JavaScript primarily to show and hide content this was enough. It gave us a general picture of performance and life was...

December 24, 2015 by

This blog was originally published on 26th Janurary 2015 Test automation is often perceived as  ‘expensive’, ‘costly’ or ‘difficult’… but it shouldn’t be. There is a lot of automation software that is easy to learn, cheap or even free to use. Nowadays, organizations are working more and more Agile, often through Scrum – which means...

December 16, 2015 by

It’s that time of the year when we look back and celebrate some of the best contributions throughout the year. Starting today we will be publishing Top 10 Blogs of 2015. So, if you’ve missed out on reading some of these, it’s time for you to rewind! Here’s the No.10 Blog of the year! This...

December 10, 2015 by

My SogetiLabs colleagues Sergio Compean, David Yancey and I recently hosted our first dHackathon (design thinking hackathon) for the consultants in our Sogeti North Texas office.  When you hear the word hackathon you may think programming, but this event was purely focused on learning early stage design concepts (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test).

December 9, 2015 by

There’s a long history of people who are dumb.. Why else would there be a series of movies called Dumb and Dumber, and Dumbonot to mention the Darwin awards. Thinking of the trouble that people can get up to without “Smart Cities” helping them is best described as “interesting.” Interesting being a synonym for bowl-emptying,...

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