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Johnny Mnemonic - ICEOVERMAD

Fairly early in my testing journey, I attended (and interacted with) the Rapid Software Testing course, showing me the power of consciously introducing mnemonics into your testing (and life) toolset.
After this initial experience I noted that even in the most linear of environments where the testing process was seemingly restrictive these techniques could be leveraged. On even further reflection I realised we are all using mnemonics to complete certain testing tasks in a subconscious manner and not acknowledging their fallibility.
So 3 years on, having used a number of the mnemonics created by others I thought I would give it a try. I picked something I have worked on a great deal recently, creating test approaches for and executing testing of Application Programming Interfaces (API’s), henceforth referred to as, ‘the service.’

So, without further ado, I can now reveal:
ICE OVER MAD!
Integration – How will consumers integrate with the service? When will consumers integrate with the service…

Sometimes you know how but you can't say how.....

I was once asked to create a ‘Sprint Diary’ for how to be an ‘agile tester.’ That’s right, on the first day do this, on day two say this, on day three create that. Now, I can understand why they (vagueness to protect the guilty/innocent) wanted this ‘guide.’ I meet many testers who feel discomfort in the agile world who want to know which way to turn. 

They didn’t like my answer. I said:


‘I might be able to show you but I can’t tell you.’
Why ever not they said. I said:


‘The skill and understanding is in the moment, when decisions are made.’
When is this moment they asked. I replied:


‘To be honest I don’t know. And I might not know at the time.’
Honesty does cause a great deal of consternation. Much grumbling ensued.

So after pondering on this exchange, my reflections led me to these (personal) principles:

Strive for optionality. In a world where factors that cannot be finalised or nailed down are constantly hounded for a state they are incapable of, be the person who retains their options. …