March 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

Every once in a while someone tries to define what Agile is really all about. No matter how hard we try, I think it has different meanings for everyone. The results of VersionOne’s Agile survey reflect some interesting trends in Agile projects. We tend to gloss over many of the details in Agile projects, and we may not fully understand how to do some things. Here Kent McDonald provides a roadmap for Agile release planning.

Testing Philosophy

Why would a user do that? Michael Bolton offers a long list of things that a user might do, and why they might do it. He concludes that we can’t definitively say that a user might not do something. How true. Carlos Ble interviews Matt Heusser on what it means to be a professional tester, and how to go about acquiring skills. Markus Gartner talks about his journey of discovery and learning with the writings of Jerry Weinberg. Darkage talks about what we need to know in order to understand conflict in testing. Carston Feilberg explores the interaction of opposites in testing terminology. Keith Klain asks about the mission of testing. Is it gaining information, or is it gaining confidence in the product? Why is critical thinking an important part of testing? John Stevenson explains the reasons. How can you tell a true tester from a fake one? Here are eight ways to identify who has true testing skills.

The Seapine View

Colleague Gerhard Krüger talks about Seapine QA Wizard as a Swiss Army Knife of testing and test automation. Check out my post on the QA Wizard blog on the value and limits of automation. I conclude that testing skills are more important than any automation you might perform.


My next conference is QUEST, April 15-19 in Chicago. I’ll be talking about the Battle of the Bug. Seapine will also be exhibiting. See you there.