April 1, 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

Should your company have its own Agile Manifesto? Joakim Sunden thought that the Spotify distributed Agile teams needed something more specific to better align their Agile efforts. Do you have to spend a year researching Scrum before putting it into practice? Scott Porad thinks you should get started with a minimum of knowledge, and adjust your approach along the way. Bob Galen has three sad stories to tell of Agile teams that didn’t ask for help until they were clearly failing. According to Liz Keough, engaging stakeholders early on in a project, even if it initially takes more time, gives us a better idea of what quality means and speeds things up later on.

Testing Philosophy

Need to read this one - http://www.shino.de/2013/03/21/automated-vs-exploratory-we-got-it-wrong/ While not strictly a testing article, Matt Heusser has called his article on personal power the most important thing he has written so far this year. It was a follow-up to an initial post on St. Patrick’s Day, leadership, and power by Pete Walen. Matt Heusser interviews Keith Klain for CIO Magazine on why testing should not be considered a commodity to be bought at the lowest price. Naomi Karten reminds us that there is no such thing as a bad idea. Iain McCowatt is one of the smartest people in the room. Here he answers five questions on testing asked by Phil Kirkham.

Interesting Read

Do you want a consistently productive team? Tony Schwartz says to treat them like adults. Is our organization collaborative? Here are 12 habits of collaborative organizations. Jake Edge provides a fascinating article on the lessons learned in developing software for the first commercial space vehicle, SpaceX.