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Inside the Mind of an Exploratory Tester

Among the hardest things to explain is something that everyone already knows. We all know how to listen, how to read, how to think, and how to tell anecdotes about the events in our lives. As adults, we do these things every day. Yet the level possessed by the average person of any of these skills may not be adequate for certain special situations.Exploratory tester James Bach describes eight key skills that expert explorers possess, and how you can develop them too.

James Bach's picture James Bach
A Look at Tinderbox 2

Ken Estes reviews Tinderbox 2 in depth.

Ken Estes's picture Ken Estes
A Real Go-Getter

A word from the editor.

Esther Derby's picture Esther Derby
Manager to Manager

Dorothy Graham says test managers should learn to speak in terms that a project manager can relate to.

Dorothy Graham's picture Dorothy Graham
Deadlock!

Sean Beatty explains what a deadlock is and why testing probably won't catch it.

Sean M. Beatty's picture Sean M. Beatty
The World You Work In

Job outlook, salary ranges, raises, layoffs, benefits--if it's important to you, we wanted to hear about it. We've compiled the results from the fourth annual STQE magazine/StickyMinds.com Salary Survey. Take a look at the state of the industry.

Heather Shanholtzer's picture Heather Shanholtzer
Every Crash, Everywhere

You want to know exactly what your users in the field are experiencing. In most cases, they aren’t going to take the time to tell you. Maybe the solution is automated data collection.

Joel Spolsky's picture Joel Spolsky
You Don't Say

You've just developed and tested a system that meets each of the customer’s stated requirements. So why aren't they satisfied? Lisa Crispin shares her 5-step process for uncovering hidden assumptions and requirements so that everyone can have the happy ending they expected.

Lisa Crispin's picture Lisa Crispin
Congratulations! You're a Manager

You may deserve a promotion to management, but are you prepared for the challenges that next level may bring? Find out how practicing managerial skills on your technical tasks can help ease the transition.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Make It Personal

Often, despite all the data, the bugs, and the business case for quality, people don't make real changes until they discover what's in it for them. Bob Lee shows you how to make quality matter to those upstream.

Robert E. Lee's picture Robert E. Lee

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