All of us had to go through this weird online game which - we believe - should demonstrate how we work, maybe gather our IQ or how we deal with pressure. Actually none knows.... We never got the results, no feedback not even to bugs that we reported during the game...but what was the most funny moment - the root cause for this cartoon - was someone not playing but simply letting the game play by itself. No human interaction, simply doing nothing, no keyboard clicking or whatsoever...just standby and this person got the same amount of points like others who were hacking into the keyboard like crazy....What does it tell us? That game was either crap and with it of course all the results that were collected from the employees or there is something we just didn't know. We will never know.
I keep telling people that I have more talent to break things than to
actually build things, since, whatever I touch breaks apart very
quickly. This has led me to the testing business. Honestly, I hope
this is just a myth since I also built things successfully; things that
are still running today (years later) and which are used (unchanged) by a
large group of people worldwide. I am inspired a lot by the speaches,
articles and books of James Whittaker, Dorothy Graham, Johnathan Kohl
and many many more; I am hungry to learn from them on a continuous
basis and apply some of these techniques to my daily work. I am also
inspired by a lot of bugs that I met in the past and which regularly
come back to visit me.
It all started in a garage... Not really,
but with a C128 with which I developed a simple ordering software that I
used at my work at Transat Sport AG, a wholesaler of Wilson Rackets
and Reebok sport-shoes. It was no rocket science, all hard coded, no
database, but it was the trigger for me to slip into the IT Business and
I never left it ever since. Later, I got facinated by test automation,
using tools such as Rational Robot, SOAPUI, InCisif, WatiN, Selenium and
I also love home-brew solutions developed in C#. I love PerlClip and AllPairs, I love to test through the side-door and last but not least... I
love to draw cartoons about software testing, my way of expressing
weird experiences into something more exhilarant. GIYBF if you look for
"simply the test".