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Haven’t updated my status for a while since I’ve been quite busy.

Read a lot of interesting books recently. Recommend picking up Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely and Drive by Daniel H. Pink.

Also, lots of work (actual testing!) recently, combined with Weekend Testing on well… weekends.

Hope to write more soon.


Yet another status update

Nothing’s happening. Reading. Writing. Number of blogs in Reader hit 50 today.

Dale Carnegie is still a genius. So is Weinberg. Lack of good practice still seems the biggest bottleneck in my learning. Got to change that ASAP.

There is another

Looks like there is another blogging rapidtester.

What’s great about him is that he seems to share my views on certification:


(Also, he’s been at it for far longer than me)


Finished Barber’s Web load testing for dummies and Geoffrey Colvin’s Talent is Overrated. First one was just awesome. Expect articles on the other.

A day in the life of an aspiring rapidtester

Thought it would be a great idea to share a day of the life of an aspiring rapidtester.
Minute tasks and social interactions omitted:

This being a Sunday, get up at 12. Have breakfast.

Listen to an episode of softwaretestpodcast while commuting to the office.

Arrive at 2pm with two bottles of energy drinks. Work your way through emails(~5), tweets (~20) and blog posts (~3) that accrued while you were sleeping.

Notice your secret blog has been referred to with your name attached, so decide to scrap the idea of an anonymous presence and to work on quality instead.

Post an update referring to your actual blog.

Fields of interest at the moment are social interactions and performance testing, so start with a chapter of Dale Carnegie.

Meanwhile notice that Scott Barber’s new book on load testing is actually available for free. Be amazed for a while. Then GET IT.

Also get the October issue of Testing Circus that you haven’t read yet for some reason.

Read a chapter or two of Geoffrey Colvin’s Talent is Overrated.

Then proceed to read the Testing Circus issue; pause at page 14 to add book recommendations to amazon wish list. Smile, because you’ve read two of the four books already.

Know that you should do some writing yourself; postpone it since you’re not feeling creative. Proceed to read a few of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People instead.

Finish with the Testing Circus issue. Notice that Lanette Creamer’s blog is not in your Google Reader, so you add her.

Get to two thirds of Web Load Testing for Dummies and remember that your boss told you to practice using jMeter; him being a role player, proceed to write an inquisitive letter asking him to play the role of the customer. Spend 20 minutes thinking about questions you would like him to answer and to ask for feedback of what you missed.

Notice that it’s already 10pm and start walking to the girlfriend’s house for tea and cookies (got to love tea and cookies). Listen to the latest TWiST episode en route.

Get home at 1am after another episode of softwaretestpodcast and find something to eat. Read the last 30 pages of Whittaker’s How to Break Software; knowing all too well that the guy has probably changed his mind about most of what he wrote there.

Start with Collin’s Tacit and Explicit Knowledge, only to realize that it’s too demanding a read at 3am.

Not a real blog

Just so you know: this is not to be considered an actual “read-me!” blog.

It’s just a way for me to track my progress and share any heat-of-the-moment thoughts I might have.

Sometimes I reconsider pretty quickly. Sometimes I embarrass myself here. If you look carefully, you might notice that my name is actually nowhere to be found.

However, there is an ACTUAL BLOG where I actually WORK on articles and have my peer group review and provide feedback before I even consider publishing.

It’s  located at, if you should be interested. Also, I’m not the only author there.

Spike 1

So this is what a twitter spike looks like. Interesting.

My first twitter spike

Apparently, my dedication to be un-certifiable gained me some reputation, although this was not intended.

Again, this is a private blog, meant only to record my own learning experience. Got to watch out for those backlinks…

Anyway: I’ve not written this blog the way I originally intended to write it.. that is.. actually DOCUMENTING what I have learned and what I am working on at any given time. Hope to remedy that now.


Finally finished Robert C. Martin’s the Clean Coder. It was awesome. Recommend to both testers and developers. Sharing now.

Started reading on motivation and talent; especially Geoffrey Colvin’s Talent Is Overrated has spiked my interest. The phrase of the week is Deliberate Practice. The goal of the year is how to apply it to software testing.


Started following Mark Crowther and Mark Tomlinson today.

Wrote a lengthy article of my own (no, not this one).

Also: switched my rammstein for 10 episodes of TWiST to listen to while I commute to the office and back (requires basic membership, which is free).

New year!

So the new year is here…

Still reading. Still haven’t written an actual article.

Just submitted a report for Gärtner’s testing challange. Took me far longer than expected, was loads of fun though.

Or, as Ben Simo recently put it – Having more fun than a sack of weasels.

EDIT: Gmail seems to read my email and respond with context specific ads:

Free ISTQB Exams – Learntesting December Offer. Free exams with online courses
This is a good spot to share a promise I made myself: I won’t get certified even if they pay me. Seriously. I’m broke as hell. I would not accept a ceritification even if I was paid 10.000€…
… might reconsider at 20.000 and up.