…..Ideas get stale, brain cells rot.

I’m normally a man of many words.

Throughout my life, I’ve had an ability to brain dump with relative ease, even if the end result needs a little tweaking. Anyone who has read my blog posts may be able to attest to that.

I haven’t written a blog post in a while though, even though I’ve started maybe three and have them in my drafts, lost and awaiting inspiration.

With this post, I’m hoping to break that block….we’ll see how that goes.

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I have found while writing test plans, or test cases, procedures or documentation; a break can refresh, change perspective, distract and inspire.

Simple things like taking a walk, making a cup of tea, or quickly browsing for the latest cat memes. Amazing what you can think of while doing something else.


I attended EuroSTAR in Gothenburg, in November 2013 and aside from finding the amusingly named chocolate brand Plopp, the highlight for me was the talk by Zeger van Hese (@testsidestory) on the subject ‘Testing in the age of distraction’. The YouTube video of this talk can be found here.

This is a great talk and I encourage you to take the time to listen to it all.


I will be spending next week at EuroSTAR in Copenhagen, as part of the Community Huddle team.

I am excited to meet a huge variety of testers from all over the world, engaging with and inspiring each other.

Conferences have a canny knack for reinvigorating and inspiring, I will meet this week with great expectations and anticipation.

If, you’ll be at the conference, please come and say hi, get engaged, plugged in and get the most out of your conference experience.