This time my "testers headache" was getting my shortlist down to 60 posts, and then further reducing it for this post. Some new faces have been blogging recently and that's always interesting.
This carnival's selection is a grouping of the thought-provoking, the practical, the plain interesting and the plain amusing. Enjoy!
- Lanette Creamer wrote about learning python, with advice on how to stop your head overheating!
- Puzzles. Spoiler alert! I enjoyed "part-reading" Parimala Shankaraiah's learning journey - an account of tackling Pradeep Soundararajan's puzzle challenge, here. I say "part-reading" as I intend to tackle the puzzle myself - so I had to stop myself reading - not easy with Parimala's engaging writing.
- Rosie Sherry shares part of her fascinating learning journey, here.
- The STC mag launch was written about by a questioning (name for a group of testers?) of testers, including Brent Strange (link), Markus Gärtner (link), Rob Lambert (link), Joe Strazzere (link) and Marcin Zręda (link).
- Shrini Kulkarni wrote about his writing block - probably something most bloggers can identify with.
- On the writing theme, Chris McMahon gave an update on the writing about testing list.
- The writing theme continues with Lisa Crispin's accessible book review about writing.
- A cautionary tale on testing terminology was given by Pradeep Soundararajan, here. Never mind monkey & guerilla testing, I'm holding out for chunky monkey testing...
- Justin Hunter wrote two interesting posts, one on DoE and quotes that are applicable to testers and another on an observation of "what is and isn't agile".
- A call to improve communication skills for improved output was made by Daniel Wellman.
- To help in testware tracking, Ewald Roodenrijs wrote about tagging testware.
- Ainars Galvans' insightful post on assumptions reminded me of a phrase from an old manager, "assumption is the mother of all f-ups". Ah memories...
- Joel Sanda gives his interesting take on ET and the desire for more "where it worked" reports.
- Continuing on ET, an angle on ET logging and accountability was presented by James Bach, here, and Michael Bolton, here. Michael also wrote about a type of bug that James named as the Ellis Island bug.
- What is quality and what is art was pondered by Marlena Compton. An interesting discussion in the comments too. If you're head's not hurting after reading it all then you might just be enlightened... Go check it out!
Until next time, happy carnival reading!