Friday, January 24, 2014

Resources from "How to Test Without Defined Requirements" Webinar

Here are the files from today's webinar on How to Test Without Defined Requirements. 

Thanks for viewing!


(I re-recorded the session due to audio problems during the webinar. I have discovered that the cause of the dropped audio was a DOS attack against the webinar's audio service provider.)

Slide Handouts
1 slide/page:

2 slides/page:

Other Resources Mentioned:

The article “How to Test Without Defined Requirements” at

Free graphing tools

Yed -
Gliffy -
FreeMind -
Xmind -

Checklists and Functional definition

Checklists -
METS spreadsheets -

MindMap -

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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I'll be there speaking on Free and Cheap Test tools and a track session on Defect Sampling. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Google Hummingbird and Other Stuff

As a follow-up to my last post about Google Hummingbird, it's becoming more clear what Google is really trying to do with all of their apps and services.  They want Google+ to be king over Facebook and other social sites. Problem is, the adoption just isn't there. So, they integrate Google+ will other stuff they own, like YouTube. The search results you see when you "Google" something are based on where you live, where you have been on the web, your activity on Google+ and all kinds of behavior detectors.

Here's an article that I totally agree with:

Sorry, Google+, We Still Won't Come to Your Party.

But, here's the problem. People don't like this level of privacy invasion. I know I don't.

So, the big goal for Google is to own it all by owning all the knowledge about you and your activities. This is attractive for businesses, because this level of information is normally very expensive, but anyone with a website can get it free with Google Analytics.

All I know is that the more I see of this direction, the less I like.

Here's an interesting test. Try the same search terms in Google, Bing and Yahoo and notice how the Google-affiliated sites seems to float higher. That's cool if you are in the "Google party", but what if you are just looking for helpful information?

More to come...