August 20, 2012

Perspectives on Testing

Test Management
Welcome to Seapine’s Perspectives on Testing. Every week I’m going to look at articles, blog posts, tweets, and other testing and quality content, and provide some perspective on the news or commentary. Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Testing Philosophy

Are we seeking “dog show quality,” that is, quality for its own sake because it attracts attention, rather than for a defined use or purpose? James Lindsay thinks some teams may be preparing their applications for dog shows, not for real life use. Are we testing for the purpose of showing off, or because the tests really help users? Should we spend time triaging defects, or should we just fix them? Test Obsessed argues that if we spend too much time in triage, we will eventually fail. It’s a compelling argument.

Seapine View

Defining and agreeing on product requirements is still the most important way to ensure project success. Matt Harp talks about how to get everyone involved in the process.

Agile Point of View

What are the most important characteristics of a Scrum Master? Hint—it’s not being called a Scrum Master.

Testing Events

I had the fortune to speak at Agile Testing Days in Germany last November, and was able to hear Joanna Rothman give this keynote talk live. Now that it’s posted online, it’s worth watching. The EuroSTAR conference is in Amsterdam this year, and they are looking for test lab apprentices. These people will help run the labs that offer practical experience in session topics.

Miscellaneous

J.D. Hildebrand talks about the relationship between doing home maintenance and being a better software professional. J.D. used to live (circa 1995-1998) down the street from me. He needed to do better at home maintenance then, too. QA Heaven offers a regular posting of news of interest to testers. Check it out. Tweets that cross testing luminary Scott Barber’s desktop. Agile Manifesto signer Kent Beck points out that Harry Harrison has passed away, and notes in a tweet that “If they serve snacks at Harry Harrison’s funeral, DON’T EAT THEM!”