March 4, 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

If we are hunting and gathering requirements, Woody Zuill’s advice is to eat them as soon after you have picked them as possible. An interview with George Dinwiddie on the Three Amigos of Agile development – business, programmers, and testers. Johanna Rothman comments on pragmatic ways to manage and bring down technical debt in Agile projects. Jerry Weinberg says that using Scrum without a good customer is like “playing rugby without a ball.” Huib Schoots asks a question that many of us struggle with – what makes Agile testing different than ordinary testing? Johanna Rothman provides some initial guidelines for organizing an Agile program.

Testing Philosophy

What kind of lessons can you learn from your test management experiences?  Here are some lessons that Bob van de Burgt imparted in a recent webinar. Visit the context-driven testing website to find out more about what this school is all about, and how you can integrate it into your practices. The consensus seems to be that test management is wrong (although James Bach disagrees).  I don’t think anyone at Seapine would disagree that having the right tools does it all for testers.  There is more to it than this.


Agile Prague is looking for speakers this fall.  I would love to visit Prague again. So is Agile Testing Days in October in Potsdam, Germany.  This is one of the best European testing conferences I’ve participated in.

Interesting Read

We were all college students, and I was a tenure-track professor for several years before I gave it up as a bad deal.  Here’s a succinct Venn diagram of the relationship between what universities tell us, and what students expect. Kent Beck says it’s more important to be trustworthy as a speaker than to be an expert.