The new name

The blog

Adventure (Oxford Dictionaries):
An unusual and exciting or daring experience

That's what I consider (software) testing, learning and life to be, an unusual and exciting, sometimes also daring, experience.

The Test Adventures blog is a collection of my reflections, or stories if you like, about the mentioned topics but mainly software testing. It's purpose is to make me share my reflections, practice putting thoughts into words and, to make it worth sharing, work as an inspirational, challengeable information source to other testers.

Hopefully it'll make sweet sweet love with your interest in testing!

Software testing

Early 2012 I finally realized: My resumé showed I had 5 years of software testing experience but at the same time I couldn't even answer a basic question like: What is testing? So I turned to Internet.

Google led me to the certification pages and ISTQB Syllabus. The more I read the more I remember thinking: "Is this really it? Maybe software testing isn't for me". However, googling exploratory testing saved me. The single most important finding was James Bach's open lecture on software testing, that presentation forever changed my view on software testing and since then I've gone from being a 9 to 5 tester trying to do anything but testing to reading testing articles in my spare time and engaging in testing discussions at any chance given. Next step is to spread the knowledge I've obtained and be a thinking practitioner who can hopefully do what James once did for me.


Erik Brickarp, a father of three and a curious thinker who not only loves to understand and challenge common believes but also to spread the knowledge obtained when doing so. I speak too fast (according to everyone), think too much (according to many) but is still quite a jolly fellow (according to some).

I generally find behavior a lot more interesting than technology making me, according to an old friend, "the most unlikely engineer she had ever met" (which, for the record, was before she knew programming was my most common spare time activity). Luckily I was gifted with skills in both logic and reasoning (at the cost of patience) so I've manage in the world of engineering anyway.

The reason it became engineering was actually a just above average grade. Psychologist demanded almost perfect grades due to popularity so I had to go with "my other choice". I might had chosen engineering anyway but you never know. However, with where I am and what I do today I feel very lucky not to have achieved the needed grades risking a career talking to crazy people rather than... working with crazy people.

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