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Dedicated to thoughts about software testing, QA, and other software quality related practices. I will also address software requirements, tools, standards, processes, and other essential aspects of the software quality equation.Randy Rice
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CTE-XL 3.1.3 - A Big Disapointment

Mon, 11/19/2012 - 15:18
For those of you who have attended my classes and tutorials, you know I have been a big fan of CTE-XL to create test cases with classification trees. This tool has been provided in a free vesion and pro version by Berner-Mattner in Germany.

In the most recent version, 3.1.3, the vendor has made virtually every feature except drawing a tree (which you can do with many other free tools) a "professional" option. The pro version is 1,250 Euros per node-locked user, plus VAT. So, the free version is worth what you pay for it.

So, it was good while it lasted. For those of you with prior versions installed, stay with them.

In the meantime, I am looking for a good developer and others who would like to join in an effort to develop a similar tool to stay in the Free category of test case generation tools. If interested just comment below.



Categories: Software Testing

Join Us in Supporting Relief Efforts for the Northeast

Thu, 11/01/2012 - 18:30
In Oklahoma, we have experienced the devastating impact of natural disasters, especially tornadoes. Each time we have had a major disaster, people from the Northeast were here to help us. Members of the NYPD and NYFD were here to help after the Murrah Building bombing. Also, the Red Cross and Salvation Army were here for months afterwards in these disasters.

Now it's our turn to return the help.

We are making an initial donation, but ask you to join with us either directly at:

or by enrolling in an online e-learning course. We are donating 10% each week for all e-learning enrollments. Please understand this is not a sales ploy. It's just our way of helping by sharing what we earn.


Categories: Software Testing

Self-Assessments from Becoming an Influential Test Team Leader Tutorial at StarWest 2012

Wed, 10/03/2012 - 21:16
Hi Folks,

I promised the people in my Tuesday tutorial at StarWest 2012 the Word versions of the two self-assessments: One on the people issues in testing and the other on building core competencies in testing. Here they are!

People self-assessment
Core competency self-assessment

Feel free to modify for your own purposes. Thanks to everyone who attended my tutorial. It was a great time!
Categories: Software Testing

How to Wow Customers Even When You are Closed

Fri, 09/07/2012 - 15:00
Here I am in Cuchara, Colo, sitting on a boardwalk in 72 degrees and light rain (elevation 8,600 feet above sea level), outside a great little coffee shop, Brewed Awakenings.

Don't you love catchy names?

Unfortunately, almost every store in the village, including the coffee shop is closed because the Summer season is over. The owner of the shop (at least I think she is the owner  :-)  ) walked by a few minutes ago, unlocked the door to go in and I heard her say to someone, "I just need to get the cinnamon rolls."  (They have AWESOME ones.)

Me being vocal self, said "Sure, I'll take one," and just laughed. A few minutes later, out she comes with one on a paper plate. Keep in mind, the shop is closed!

I said, "Please let me pay you." She said, "Oh, just come back in sometime."

Isn't that great?  I'll be back tomorrow morning for sure!

So, I'll just finish my awesome cinnamon roll and wish everyone a great weekend.
Categories: Software Testing