November 18, 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

Has anyone else had enough of the current trend toward certification offerings? Markus Gärtner delivers a rant about one of the newer Scrum certifications available, for a certified Scrum manager. The November issue of the Agile Record is out. Download it here (registration may be required). Most of us like to find both the best possible employer as well as the best cultural fit to our own experience and personality. Angela Druckman shares her thoughts on how to go about evaluating both your strengths and weaknesses, and how they might fit into different types of Agile employers. Michael Larsen reviews the book “Getting Results the Agile Way", concluding that its focus is on balance and outcomes, rather than processes. If teams are self-organizing, how can you lead them? In this podcast, Matt Heusser and Michael Larsen talk about the principles of leading self-organized teams.

Testing Philosophy

Most testers aspire to be a testing manager. Elisabeth Hendrickson tells us why perhaps they shouldn’t, at least in dysfunctional organizations. Cédric Beust takes a close look at the real value of code reviews in producing quality code. I’m only beginning to appreciate how radically different it is to test applications on a mobile platform. Here Karen Johnson shares her presentation on how mobile testing is different. In his STARWEST keynote, Jonathan Kohl talked a bit about applying gaming strategies to testing, noting that it was an emerging field for research and practice. Here he follows up by describing how software testing is like a game.

Testing Events

The EuroSTAR testing conference was two weeks ago, and The Testing Planet has a conference summary and an individual impression of the conference. The Agile Practitioners 2013 Conference will be held in Ramat-Gan, Israel on January 29-30, 2013.

Interesting Read

I’m a longtime James Bond fan, and with the arrival of Skyfall, the latest and according to Roger Moore the best Bond film, there are a number of retrospectives being published. This particular one relates some of the Bond signature statements to conducting yourself as a tech PR professional. More broadly, it is good advice for any professional.