October 29, 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

Do Scrum Masters revert to traditional management techniques when a Scrum team struggles with self-organizing? Faisal Mahmood thinks so, and suggests what to do about it. What is continuous delivery of software? To Marcus Hammarberg, is means simply to limit work-in-progress. Jon Kruger talks about the whole team approach to testing and whether it should change how developers test. Testing nonfunctional requirements can be one of the real banes of a tester’s existence, since traditional testing and automation usually don’t work. Scott Wambler looks at a couple of Agile strategies for verifying that nonfunctional requirements have been implemented successfully.

Testing Philosophy

Matt Heusser interviews Mickey Mantle (no, not that one) and Ron Lichty, authors of Managing the Unmanageable: Rules, Tools, and Insights for Managing Software People and Teams, where he notes that there is a difference between managing software people and managing software projects. According to QAHatesYou, software will break because we just barely address poorly understood problems. The goal of testing is to make it really hard for it to break. Do we really know how our testing works? Even if we’re successful, if we’ve just copied what others are doing, maybe not. Michael Larsen thinks we may be doing ourselves and our craft a disservice.

Seapine View

My colleagues at Seapine have posted the recording from our recent Gaining More than FDA Compliance Through Traceability webinar. Take a look; it’s quite interesting. At StarWest, Jonathan Kohl gave a highly entertaining and informative keynote talk on mobile application testing. Here is an article by him that summarizes how to go about logging bugs when testing mobile devices.

Testing Events

Brian Osman gives his impressions from the recent STARWEST conference, including a listing of his tweets. Next on my conference radar is the TesTrek Symposium, in Toronto on October 6-9, with the last day devoted to Agile.