January 14, 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

I was a software product manager for a number of years, and Agile product ownership is a different beast entirely. Linda Merrick discusses five things that Agile product owners can learn from product managers. TargetProcess has a two-part series on how to approach your Agile retrospectives.

Testing Philosophy

Can we capture and document experiential knowledge? Kristoffer Nordström says no, we should trust in the abilities of people to solve problems instead. Matt Heusser talks about testing and the Yugo car as a part of his continuing series on system failures. What, exactly, is context-driven testing? Huib Schoots takes a shot at explaining it, in English rather than Dutch this time. Mike Talks has published a whimsical book on LeanPub called The Elf Who Learned How to Test. Give it a download; it’s free. Hmm. According to Silicon India, the global software testing market from 2011 - 2015 is forecast to grow at a 5.16 percent compound annual rate. Johanna Rothman talks about how project culture reflects organizational culture. She doesn’t believe there is a way for a project to have a different culture than the organization in which it resides. Paul Gerrard does a question and answer session on his webinar 'Live Specifications: From Requirements to Automated Tests and Back'.

QA Wizard Blog

Colleague Risa Cohen talks about how to use a repository variable as the expected value in the search criteria for a control in QA Wizard Pro, so that you can provide the actual value at runtime.

Testing Events

I’m presenting at Belgium Testing Days in Brussels on February 28. I'll be talking about achieving quality in an organization that doesn’t want it. If you’re in the UK, check out Paul Gerrard’s Seventh Test Management Summit on the 5th-6th of February in London.

Interesting Read

Uncle Bob continues his series on functional programming by explaining some of the basics of the programming method. Om Malik talks about old-line companies buying innovative startup technologies in order to jump start their ability to more effectively compete.