May 13, 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

Ian Mitchell talks about whether or not estimation should be an integral part of Agile development processes. This is a great overview on how to begin to estimate the amount of work required by user stories. Cameron Laird says that managing technical debt during your Agile development effort will result in applications that are more business-ready.

Testing Philosophy

There has been a heated debate in the testing community on the reality and value of best practices. This was started by Rex Black, who has been espousing the value of certain best practices. While others have taken to Twitter to object, James Christie has written down his thoughts on the fallacy of best practices in a blog post. Christie follows that up with a second post on whether best practices actually provide protection for those seeking to build and deploy quality software. Further, the debate on best practices is really an outgrowth of an even more heated discussion by the same participants on the value behind testing certification, most especially that offered by the ISTQB. While James Bach has been leading the charge against ISTQB certification on Twitter, Keith Klain has written a blog post outlining his objections to the claims made by the organization about the value of certified testers. The EuroSTAR conference has done a great job of summarizing the debate on certifications, citing multiple blog posts. It also notes that the time has come to separate the entire topic of certification from that of the value of testing courses. Scott Barber notes in this video he recorded at STPCon in April that business executives see software testing as an expensive practice that doesn’t contribute to business goals. He looks at ways that testers can be better contributors to the business. If you watch one professional video on YouTube a year, this should be the one. Huib Schoots is looking for nominations for the top 10 best books for testers. Make your recommendations here. I’ve enrolled in another MOOC, this one on software testing. Check it out on Udacity to see if it might meet your needs.

Seapine View

Seapine is sponsoring a free webinar with Software Quality Associates (SQA) to show how testing teams can dramatically improve productivity by adding predictive metrics to your measurement portfolio. This will be held on May 16, and is available for sign-up now. Read more about it here.

Interesting Read

I confess that I don’t have anywhere near enough of a physics background to understand the concept of a quantum Internet, but it looks like US scientists at the Los Alamos Labs have created and are using just such a network designed for completely secure communications. Will this concept be available for general use in the near future?