January 7, 2013

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

Diane Zajac-Woodie notes that if an Agile team can be compared to a soccer team, the role of the Agile coach can’t be overlooked. As I explain in my presentation Moneyball and the Science of Building Great Agile Teams, we are eternal optimists when it comes to estimating. In this post, Isaac Sacolick tells us why and how to estimate in Agile. Check out this view of Agile testing from a project management perspective.

Testing Philosophy

Matt Heusser is opening up his community blog on Software Test Professionals to, well, members of the community. Can we effectively use Twitter in the practice of testing? Stephan Kämper thinks so. I’m working on a prospective presentation that describes how project metrics can be misused to assign blame rather than understand and manage the project. Augusto Evangelisti has the same idea, and describes one of his own experiences with deadly metrics. Can’t afford the time or money to go to a large technical conference at a destination location? Matt Heusser discusses the benefits of an Open Space Conference. I don’t generally refer to my own work here, but I’ve been blogging about how we view Black Swan events entirely wrong, and it has implications to how we assess complex systems.

Seapine View

We have a recorded webinar on Leveraging Traceability in Your Risk Management Strategy. If you’re looking for better traceability in your projects, check it out.

Testing Events

Lisa Crispin let me know about Mile High Agile 2013 on April 19 in Denver. This should be a must-attend event if you’re in the Denver area and are practicing Agile.

Interesting Read

Uncle Bob continues his series on functional programming by explaining why it is called functional. As we’ve always suspected, those who head up our companies aren’t necessarily any more talented than anyone else; rather, they have made good or fortuitous decisions. Geoff Colvin tells us why talent is overrated.