A Software Tester's Perspective | Featuring Jari Laasko
Test and Monitor | Posted October 16, 2013

Jari Laasko tests software ranging from publishing software to eCommerce and mobile apps. He first started off testing in the early 2000’s as a hardware tester, and entered the software testing field around 2007. With such a broad skill set and an even broader background, I reached out to him because I knew he would have an enlightening perspective; he did not disappoint.

  1. Do you use automated, scripted and/or exploratory testing?
  2. What techniques and/or methods do you use that make you unique as a tester?
  3. What are your biases that you are aware of when you are testing?

Scripted or Exploratory Testing

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A heated topic amongst testing circles for quite a while, I think the proper combination in the right context is dependent on whether or not to use automated, scripted or exploratory testing. The point is, there seems to be three groups testers fall under: those who use only scripted tests, those who use both and those who use exploratory only.

Testers Are Like Snowflakes

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In some of the interviews I’ve had testers actually state how they are different from the rest of the crop of software testers, so this was more of an open ended question. Mr. Laasko’s response was quite different.

Biases and Testing

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One of the hardest things to do is admit you have biases, especially when you’re testing. I was especially happy to hear Mr. Laasko openly talk about his biases and how he tries to conquer them.

Jari not only answered my questions with stride, he answered in great detail and honesty which is something I would expect from any superstar software tester.

How would you answer these questions? Do you find your software testing unique to other testers? Do you have biases that you are aware of? Drop us a line below!

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