November 4, 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

Check out the Agile Project Management cheat sheet, by Mark C. Layton, on Dummies.com—it’s pretty informative. Scott Ambler invites us to participate in his Agile Testing Survey on SurveyMonkey. He’ll provide the results on his web site once they are collated. Confused about Agile product ownership? Henrik Kniberg helps with an overview diagram that takes a day-long product ownership course and compresses it into a 15-minute animated presentation. When can we see the ocean? Lisa Crispin describes Agile delivery iterations using the analogy of sights and sounds of the ocean before we actually see it. There remains a lot of controversy about the role of testers and testing in Agile development. Jessica Fleet explains ten tips for becoming an effective Agile tester. I’m thinking if you follow these tips, you’ll be both an effective tester and an effective team member.

Testing Philosophy

I saw Jonathan Kohl give the opening keynote at STARWEST this year, and he was funny and informative on mobile testing issues. Here he offers a chapter called The Seven Deadly Sins of Mobile Testing from his Tap Into Mobile Application Testing book. If you’re a tester, what do you spend most of your time doing? Testing, right? Well, wrong. Michael Bolton notes that we may only be spending a tiny amount of our total working time actually doing testing. Curious about mobile application testing? Mike Brown interviews testing consultant, writer, and speaker Karen Johnson about what excites her interest in mobile testing.

QA Wizard

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Testing Events

Agile Testing Days looks like it’s going to be a significant event, with a higher attendance than last year and some really good sessions (yes, mine is one of them). Potsdam, Germany November 19-22.

Interesting Read

Are you a grumpy developer? Ricky Robinett thinks that you’re hurting yourself, your company, and your community, and you should work to change.