March 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

When we say Agile, is this what we really mean? The quarterly issue of Agile Record is out once again. Storymapping is the plot of your product story, explains Oana Juncu. What causes poor estimation of user story implementation during iteration planning? Jesse Hill offers several reasons, but his solution is more intriguing – have a team member scout user stories ahead of time. Agile leadership means defining the organizational vision, according to Len Legestee. Is there a relationship between Agile fluency and the ability to estimate work? James Shore provides his perspective.

Testing Philosophy

Tom du Pré tells us the essential things we need to know in order to be effective bug hunters. What made James Marcus Bach a leader in software testing? Excellent question. Here is his response. As he put it on Twitter, “I got bleeped!” Vin D'Amico hates to fail, but he also understands the necessity of occasionally taking a chance as a part of the learning process.

Events

I just got accepted to present at TestKit in Arlington, VA at the end of September.

Interesting Read

Johanna Rothman marvels at the range of job responsibilities that are lumped under the title “scrum master,” and suggests that hiring managers actually analyze the job and the skills they are seeking instead of using a generic job description. Fiona Charles tweeted out this article in the New York Times about how we can all be better observers if we think more like Sherlock Holmes. Pete Walen uses his history with Saint Patrick’s Day to talk about the definition of power and the role of leadership in an organization, and in life.