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QA and the Motivational

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by The Director

I go to a dojo filled with positive, encouraging, uplifting people, from the kyoshi to the black belts to the other students. You want to talk about imposter syndrome, and I’ll explain how I feel when surrounded by nice people.

At any rate, members of the dojo often post motivational images to, well, motivate each other. And immediately, my mind works to find the condition where the assertion is not true. I must subvert it.


Your excuses get you 0% closer to your goals. Unless you’re writing a book about your excuses, I think.

I don’t know how my story will end, but nowhere in my text will it ever read… “I gave up.”

I think:

That, my friends, is the essence of the QA mindset: When presented with a proposition, you find some way to subvert or suborn it. Remember that the contradiction of All are…. is not Nothing is…. but Some are not….. (See also the Aristotelian Square of Opposition.)

Plan your tests accordingly.

Your Thought For The Day

Saturday, January 26th, 2008 by The Director

Any kiddie in school can love like a fool,
but Hating, my boy, is an Art.

-Ogden Nash, “A Plea for Less Malice Toward None”

Emily Dickinson, Project Manager

Saturday, August 11th, 2007 by The Director

It sure sounds as though she’s worked on a timeline or two:

The Days that we can spare
Are those a Function die
Or Friend or Nature — stranded then
In our Economy

Our Estimates a Scheme —
Our Ultimates a Sham —
We let go all of Time without
Arithmetic of him —


Thursday, July 12th, 2007 by The Director

Here is the ultimatum of our camp: what can be smashed, must be smashed; whatever survives a blow has value, whatever flies to smithereens is rubbish; in any case, smash right and left, it will and can do no harm.

Dmitry I. Pisarev

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