December 17, 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

Johanna Rothman says that to be fully successful in Agile the entire organization has to adopt Agile principles, and often that just isn’t going to happen. Tobias Mayer wonders if a bug is just another story, or a special case that has to be handled differently. He thinks we can eliminate the bug/requirement argument by dropping both terms, and simply calling it a request. What are some situations where it simply doesn’t make sense to use test-driven development? Assaf Stone offers ten humorous reasons why you should avoid TDD like the plague. You’re not going to get big gains by going lean without an organizational transformation, says Gregg Stocker. Have we learned anything at all? Mitch Pronschinske says yes, and offers ten lessons from ten years in Agile.

Testing Philosophy

James Lindsay says that hard-to-find bugs remain hard to find, no matter how many testers you throw at the problem. Instead, we need to add diversity in our testing. Erica Lucas offers four reasons why we are no longer testing experts. Her point is that mobile testing is different and requires substantially different skill sets, but she’s also right in general.

Testing Events

The Agile Practitioners Conference will be held in Ramat-Gan, Israel, on January 29 and 30. Check out the agenda.

Heard on Twitter

From Ian McCowatt: Perhaps it's worthwhile devoting some part of testing to R&D - finding better ways to test. Many will fail: some could pay out big. From Michael Bolton: What is key to @moolyatesting's success? Putting the tester and testing skill—not the process model, not the docs—at the centre of testing.

Interesting Read

I admit that sometimes Bob Marshall is incomprehensible. But in this blog post he talks about why some organizations prefer to hire less capable people, and he raises some interesting points. Do we really accept that our organization is in decline?