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Train Trainings, or missing the train for fun and profit

“Yes, please Sir, you may take your train in platform 1 or 2 to Amsterdam Central.” These were the words that gave me a breath of confidence inside the Amsterdam Airport train station. Amidst many signs in the undecipherable Dutch language (insert jokes about Hebrew letters here), numbers are easy and I know these from

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The Big Exploratory Testing Rolling Strategy Dice

Marlon Brando said in a role he played: “People win with loaded dice“… This is the exercise we’re building today, loaded dices – for the win! …I get by with a little help from my friends. One of the friends at work who pushes me into all sort of good experiences is Issi Hazan. At

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Lightning Talks night with EuroStar 2010 (the Rebel Alliance, a conference after the conference with beer)

I am back from EuroStar. I’ve got lots to write about EuroStar: the people, the lectures, the Test Lab, the venue. However, if my mails are any indication, the thing people are waiting most to read about is the “Rebel Alliance” night. This night, which went by many names (“Rebel Alliance”, “Oprørsalliancen”, “Danish Alliance”), was

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Alternative Paths for Self-Education in Software Testing by Markus Gaertner (EuroStar talk)

Markus Gartner is very skilled in speed-notes. He’s been around EuroStar speed-noting all the session’s he’s been into. He calls it live blogging, but I use the term Speed-Note because, well, I think I coined it ;). He was live-blogging all the talks, but… who is live-blogging Markus’s talk? Who watches the watchmen? Well, I took the

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How do you evaluate testers? A question from StackExchange

In English, an interesting site is the Testing.StackExchange” Questions&Answers site. Unfortunately the site is less active than it could be, but there are good questions and very good answers in the list. And even some big names like Alan Page, Michael Bolton and BJ Rollison answer questions there, so it’s a good place for you to ask yours.

This week an interesting question popped at the Testing.StackExchange forum: How can you evaluate the performance of a tester? How can you compare testers’ efficiency?
This is a question that entertains me once a year, when my company does employee evaluations, and my trial at answering it is below.
Can you suggest other points of view? What else you recommend to consider? How do you evaluate testers?

The effect of time. And Shana Tova UMetuka (Happy and Sweet Year)

שנה הלכה שנה באה אני כפי ארימה. שנה טובה לך, אבא, שנה טובה לך, אמא.(link) “For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. (link)”   Tomorrow we celebrate in Israel the New Year in the Hebrew calendar. Yes, 4 months before December

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STAREast 2010 – Bugs on a Plane!

Last month I visited the STAR East conference. It was over two weeks ago, which on the internet age makes it old news. I follow my own clock, however, and will start posting about STAR East only now. Scott Rosenberg would call this type of blogging ‘history’ instead of ‘journalism’ (link), and it sounds just

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