December 11, 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

Kanban or Scrum? I generally don’t think of Kanban as a method or process, but in this article Edwin Dando offers three reasons why an organization that is not ready for Scrum may want to adopt Kanban instead. Jeff Sutherland tells us to get Agile or get outsourced. This is a powerful and provocative statement, but he backs it up by noting the incredible growth of Scrum jobs, the Federal government’s role in promoting Agile, and the shift of technology spending away from IT and to the business. It’s a must-read. How do you keep your eye on the big picture in an Agile project? Kulawat Wongsaroj suggests a number of graphics for visualizing our project and how the pieces fit together into a whole. Kent Beck tells us to tackle large changes by embarking on several smaller, safe steps.

Testing Philosophy

Markus Gartner wants us to tell stories about our testing every day at the stand-up. (I did stand-up meetings as an Air Force officer years ago. They involved sitting down and talking every day for hours at a time. And no stories.) Eric Johnson talks about how (and maybe how not) to remove nonessential information from defect reports. Matt Heusser’s new development newsletter has two bugs in it, one grammatical and one functional. He wants to hear from you about what those bugs are.

Testing Events

The seventh Test Management Summit will take place on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th February 2013 at the Balls Brothers Conference Centre at Minster Pavement, Mincing Lane, London.

Interesting Read

Matt Heusser talks about how to position your skills to get people to throw money at you. Bob Marshall thinks that the next revolution isn’t technological, but mental, and he recommends looking closely at organizational psychology.