February 25, 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

Mitch Pronschinske shares his predictions for the Agile movement in 2013. Scrum versus Kanban fight! If you’re looking for their relative strengths and weaknesses, this is a good place to start. Stakeholders are vital to an Agile team’s success, as they review the team’s product and provide ongoing feedback. So what characteristics make good Scrum stakeholders? Do we hoard features in Agile projects? Clarke Ching explains how to counter hoarding by prioritizing the right features.

Testing Philosophy

Rob Lambert tells us why exploratory testing relies on taking good notes as you’re exploring. Teri Charles creates a mind map of Matt Heusser’s tips for finding software defects before the software moves into production. The older I get, the more I realize that culture is the most important characteristic in choosing an employer. Johanna Rothman talks about the questions that you need to ask before you sign on the dotted line. I reported last week on Pete Walen’s post on how to work within the context of an organization that doesn’t value testing skills. Here Keith Klain adds his own opinion to the question of changing an organizational culture. Rob Lambert explains how to staple ourselves to a work artifact so that we can follow its progress through a work process.


The EuroSTAR conference is making available the Test Automation Anecdotes eBook by Dorothy Graham & Mark Fewster (site registration required).

Interesting Read

As a connected leader, how can your relate to your organization? Harold Jache tells us what leaders have to do to, well, lead. What do we do with dumb leaders? We help them unlearn past practices.