Michael MacDonald

Posts Tagged ‘opinion’

Test Business Behaviour, Don’t Rely on UI

In Testing on January 26, 2011 at 1:15 am

I often see Cucumber features written like this:

Given I a have an account with email: "user@test.com" and password: "password"
When I go to the log in page
And I fill in "Email" with "user@test.com"
And I fill in "Password" with "password"
And I press "Log in"
Then I should see "Logged in successfully."
And I should not see "Log in"

It works and does the job but I feel that it isn’t enough. It’s fragile in several ways.
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Reasons, Not Excuses

In Personal on December 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Earlier this year a friend was considering going to Japan for a conference but he was saying things like “but I couldn’t” and “I can’t afford it”. He was talking himself out of it. I simply said, “focus on reasons not excuses”. Read the rest of this entry »

Look Ma, No Notes

In Business on September 23, 2009 at 8:00 am

Here’s a challenge for you… don’t take a pen or paper to your next meeting! Just focus on paying attention instead. Read the rest of this entry »

Push Back, Say No

In Business on September 9, 2009 at 8:00 am

I know it’s hard to say it but you can do it. You’re a smart cookie. Let’s try it together…


Good. That was easy. Let’s try a real example…

Sorry for the late notice but can you drop everything and implement this new whizz-bang feature by the end of the day?


What?! Read the rest of this entry »