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Testers Have Skills …

… As a tester who has graduated to management but kept their hands-on I try to keep my skills to par.

With that in mind I’m lucky that I’m blessed with a great visual memory.

I was just watching the trailer for the new, upcoming season of BBC’s fantastic Sherlock on Mashable and at 24 seconds into the trailer there is a rooftop scene (also shown at the very start of the trailer).

Sherlock has his back to the camera, wearing his wool overcoat and he looks down from the rooftop on London with Big Ben in the distance.

Wait A Second!

My testers’ skills kicked in and I took a second look at the scene and immediately recalled that this was an almost exact copy of the rooftop scene at the end of the latest James Bond, Skyfall.

I decided to confirm this by checking and lo and behold I was right:

007 and Sherlock - Manual Testers

The Warptest POV

Whilst this is an amusing case of being caught using the same striking view for a dramatic camera shot the same skills apply to Testers: –

  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong visual memory.
  • The ability to make intuitive associations on the fly / during testing.
  • Deductive reasoning.
  • Adherence to methodology without becoming bored from it.
  • A love of the chase (or discovery of a bug).

These are some of the things that can ensure that bugs get caught during Testing even by a Tester who has seen your Application in action before.

In a nutshell Testers need a little bit of 007 and a little bit of Sherlock in their skillset.

Who is managing your testing efforts?

12/12/2013: The post was changed due to some incredibly helpful advice you can find in the comments. One of the things I love about getting comments is the food for thought that can help reframe your perspective on an issue.


Sherlock Holmes - Surface

Once again Microsoft invests in Prime-Time CBS programming to tout the Surface RT…

After the Surface RT has guest starred in CBS shows Hawaii 5-0 (along with Windows Phone and other Windows 8 PC’s) and NCIS LA, this week we got to see the Surface RT in the hands of none other than Sherlock Holmes.

The Surface RT

CBS has spun the legendary detective (played by Jonny Lee Miller) as based in modern day New York, working with the NYPD and his “sober companion” ex-surgeon Dr. Joan Watson (played by Lucy Lui).

Elementary - CBS 1Image Courtesy of CBS

Sidebar: after some initial controversy over the show itself, certain people associated with the BBC’s Sherlock (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) were reported as feeling that the  CBS production  was copycatting. However, the show has shown itself to be a unique spinoff of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales. Ironically, Cumberbatch (mystery big bad in the next Star Trek movie) and Miller has starred together in a National Theater production of Frankenstein (apparently often switching roles)

sherlock-imdb 2Image Courtesy of

There have been fleeting views of an unidentified tablet being used in previous episodes of Elementary. This week Holmes goes the whole hog, clearly displaying the Metro UI and Start Screen Apps, does the now famous Surface keyboard click and then proceeds to open Metro Bing to search for some piece of information that in classic Sherlock Holmes no doubt he would have gotten via the Baker Street Irregulars.

I’m hoping that once again Microsoft doesn’t miss the opportunity to collate these clips from these shows into an ad showing these characters demonstrating the Elementary use of the revolutionary Surface RT.

Hopefully Redmond’s negotiations to place the Surface RT into these (and no doubt other shows) doesn’t conflict with arcane TV licensing issues and the official mash-up ad is in the works.

What say you Microsoft?