December 3, 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

In an older but still interesting post, Matt Heusser does a retrospective of his three years of using Scrum at Socialtest. Ulf Eriksson tells us what organizational stakeholders we should be listening to as we attempt to prioritize their often-conflicting requirements. Why doesn’t adopting an Agile methodology more or less automatically enable us to build better software more quickly? Rich Mironov tells us why.

Testing Philosophy

My masters thesis in psychology was on an application of game theory (really). In addition to doing mobile testing, Jonathan Kohl is interested in gaming as a part of testing practice. Here he looks at games as a part of testing automation. I met Matt Heusser in a bar in Germany. Well, not quite, but I did meet him in Germany. Here in Germany for Agile Testing Days he wonders why Lisa Crispin’s book doesn’t help him figure out what tests to run to decide if the software is good enough to ship? Pete Walen gave a presentation at Agile Testing Days on how to be agile in an unbending world. Here he describes the concepts that presentation, saying that it is possible to be agile whether or not you are practicing Agile. Matthew Angerer provides a set of best practices for load testing mobile applications, including factors in user acceptance testing.

Testing Events

Pete Walen also has an excellent retrospective of Agile Testing Days 2012. He also live-blogged my session, Moneyball and the Science of Building Great Agile Teams.

Interesting Read

Can you manage someone that you don’t like? You had better be able to do so, says Raymond Ray, because you can’t like everyone you work with. It’s not a pure testing resource, but Jeremy Deane pointed me in the direction of a site that collects patterns and resources for building highly responsive web experiences.