February 11, 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

Matthias Bohlen thinks that increasing the “batch size” of a release increases risk, and argues that we should deliver software in small batches. The next issue of Agile Record is out (requires login), and it looks like it contains some great articles by the likes of Huib Schoots and Bob Galen. Joel Montvelisky asks Agile coach and international speaker Lisa Crispin five testing questions.

Testing Philosophy

Iain McCowatt is one of the smartest people I know. In this blog post he uses the criminal conviction of scientists in the L’Aquila Italy earthquake disaster to expound on the roles and limitations of testing professionals. Keith Klain describes how insecurity drives his pursuit of excellence, and how scrutiny is a vital part of that pursuit. Often when we start a project, we have concerns about our skills or about the time or other resources we have to get the job done. Michael Larsen offers a simple but powerful prescription of what to do in those situations – start, use, do. Can we really measure when software is ready to ship? Jesper Lindholt Ottosen doesn’t think objective and quantifiable acceptance criteria tell enough of the story. Why are we making it so difficult to use a smartphone as an Internet browsing device? Tom Morris details the steps you have to go through to read an article on a website with your iPhone. Or Android, though the steps are slightly different.


Sign up for the STP Online Summit on March 12-14. The theme is “finding defects”. I’ll be presenting a session on stress testing your applications.

Interesting Read

Most innovators fail, for any of a large number of reasons. In “The Seven Deadly Sins of Innovation Leaders”, Jeff DeGraff describes a few of the more common ones.