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Fern Cats

Telling stories together while practicing critical thinking with VTS

We use our story telling and critical thinking skills constantly as we test and develop software. How often do we practice those skills on something other than features we are going to release to production? Musicians practice their craft. Even coders can practice their craft with katas and code retreats. How can we practice telling […]

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A pairing journey

Pairing For Learning – Across the Team

I’ve written a lot about pairing over the years, most recently about strong-style pairing with others on my team. Pairing is an excellent way to transfer skills, it offers a lot of advantages for overcoming cognitive biases when testing, and it’s just plain fun. For most of the 4.5 years I’ve been on my current […]

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More “Strong Style Pairing” Experiences

Following on to my previous post about strong style pairing for testing, I must say that this takes practice! And, I think maybe strong style pairing may not be the best way approach for all pairing situations, but I am learning more benefits of it. I had a golden opportunity to pair with my awesome […]

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When the whole team owns testing: Building testing skills

The Twitterverse and other social media continue to host many discussions on topics such as “Do testers need to code?” As Pete Walen points out in his recent post, the “whole team” approach to delivering software, popularized with agile development, is often misunderstood as “everyone must write production code”. The “Whole Team Approach” in practice […]

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