October 22, 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

What happens when you have a great Agile team in an organization that is looking for more ways to increase team productivity? Fake story points! While test-driven development turns a lot of our experience on its head, conceptually it makes a lot of sense. And JP sounds surprised to find out that it actually works in practice, too.

Testing Philosophy

Why is code so bad? Maybe because programmers simply can’t write very well, says Bernard Meisler. What should a new tester do in order to become better in the field? James Bach has a good answer to that question. Is testability an essential component of good software architecture? Jacob Gorban thinks so. Karen Johnson gave a great lightning talk at STARWEST. Here she talks about how to use a mind map for testing a business intelligence application in an Agile project. Why does the development/test cycle seem so inefficient? James Rosko describes the concept of embedded QA, which has the potential to get us out of a never-ending loop.

QA Wizard Blog

Learn how to get started with Resource Thief, our new stress testing tool. Every testing effort should include these types of tests.

Testing Events

Matt Heusser talks about how to get the most out of your conference experience. I have two New England regional conferences this week. The first is the BA*ProjectWorld Summit in Burlington, MA on October 22. The second is the Northeast Quality Council Conference, October 23-24 in Mansfield, MA.

Interesting Read

I have graduate degrees in both applied math and computer science. I would like to believe that I used discrete math and numerical analysis in programming, but I don’t think I really did. But there’s no question that my education has served me well over a couple of decades. Theresa Meek looks at whether computer science education should be more practical. Why we can’t count on security testing to address all of the enterprise security woes. Matt Heusser explains the ideas being social engineering, and they are scarily real.