Carnival number 18, maybe it's coming of age, maybe still a little rebellious - ok, enough with the analogies.. January was a very reflective month - lots of look backs at 2010, some looking forward, new ideas, topics and illustrations - all making for varied and interesting reading:
- Darren McMillan was one of the first of the new year to look back, here.
- Another interesting journey was described was Trish Khoo in her 2010 reflection.
- A packed 2010 for Lynn McKee was described, here. I get tired just reading it...
- The cartoon tester (Andy Glover) celebrated a first anniversary of the cartoon blog.
- Geir Gulbrandsen was looking to the year ahead with some ideas about his intended learning areas. Have a look.
Looking through the looking glass?
- A fun reflection on activities with software testing in general was given by Pradeep Soundararajan, here.
- The Dutch Exploratory Workshop on Testing (DEWT - is it the workshop or testing that is exploratory?) was born!
- I enjoyed reading about Eric Jacobson's work on a first lightning round for testers - something many groups could easily adopt.
- Martin Jansson made some interesting points about how testers can help with technical debt.
- The SPIES mnemonic was explained by Nancy Kelln, here. There's also a pointer to Lynn McKee's listing of testing mnemonics, here.
- Rob Lambert & the STC launched a new e-book on the Diary of a Test Manager. Rob says it's fictional and not about him!
Looking like an interesting meetup!
- An STC-sponsored tester meetup is happening in February in Nottingham - Adam Brown wrote about it, here.
- What started out as a tweet from Michael Bolton turned into a series of posts, the last one here.
- Seeing systems problems and taking a wider view was the topic of a post from Esther Derby. Worth reading.
- A nice illustration from Joe Strazzere about issues with test estimation and guesstimation.
- What does thinking outside the box mean? Some reflections from Lynn Mckee related to this.
Until the next time...