October 1, 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.

Agile Point of View

Are we really Agile? According to swdevperestroika, probably not. I’m afraid I have to agree with him. Back when I studied psychology, psychologist Leon Festinger formulated the Theory of Cognitive Dissonance. This theory says that you can change people’s attitudes by changing their behavior. Ken Schwaber extends that idea to account for changing the culture in an organization, and offers some interesting data on the use of Agile. Gerald Weinberg says that quality means different things to different people, and here’s why. These different definitions have an impact on how we plan and test Agile projects.

Testing Philosophy

Why do we keep on brainstorming when it doesn’t work? That’s what Dave Ibsen wants to know. Thank you, old friend Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Nick Heath says that developers are under time to market pressures to deliver code that has security vulnerabilities and other quality issues. Everything’s broken and nobody’s upset. Why can’t we get everyday software to work right?  (Maybe because most of it is free these days.) How important is ongoing learning to testers? I think it’s probably pretty important. Lisa Crispin tells us about the ROI of learning for testers, particularly how it affects our thinking and problem solving skills.

Seapine View

Colleague Matt Harp has a couple of posts in the past week, one about how to automatically flag affected test cases when requirements change, and another on enforcing ownership for a set of defects. The recording for our webinar on Leveraging Reusability and Traceability in Product Development is now available.

Testing Events

Off to STARWEST this week. Look me up if you’re there; I’m speaking on Wednesday afternoon. Joshua Bixby of Strangeloop Networks is speaking at Web Performance Days in London on October 5. I wouldn’t normally call out a small conference like this, but I know the founders of Strangeloop Networks, including Joshua, and they are definitely the smartest people in the room on this topic.