February 18, 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

Enterprise agility needs leaders, according to Ravish Patel. He goes on the explain what kind of characteristics to seek out in those leaders. Ted Young offers up his own version of an introduction to the Agile retrospective. In your burn-down charts, do you need a comprehensive view of all information, or do you need it to be simple to read? ScrumStudy says that maybe you can have both. How do you name your sprints? Some teams use numbers or dates. According to Mike Cohn, some teams also sing their sprints.

Testing Philosophy

There is software, and there is poor software. And there is Microsoft Excel. Excel is philosophically neutral on most quality measures, but as James Kwak points out, has characteristics that make it useful for writing very poor quality software. Do you do verification and validation? Maybe, as Alan Richardson suggests, we should try questioning and checking instead. As testers, we deliver bad news on a regular basis. As we do so, a little empathy can go a long ways. Sharon Fisher points out what we all know, that software projects involve a never-ending series of compromises. Here she talks about how to balance the need to get it done fast with the need to get it done right.


Paul Gerrard is offering courses on testing strategy in London throughout the year. Belgium Testing Days is now just over a week away, and the agenda looks very enticing. And yes, I’m on it.

Interesting Read

I am growing even more fascinated by the study of bias in professional fields such as testing. Here Alix Spiegel reports on research on how radiologists miss the obvious in their search for the sublime. Matt Heusser explains why being one of the top 1% of profiles viewed on LinkedIn may not mean all that much to his career and reputation.