May 20, 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

I work remotely, as does many Agile team members. In this article, Shane Hastie and Johanna Rothman talk about how to get the most of out a distributed Agile team. While most Agile testing has or is becoming automated, that doesn’t mean that all automated testing is Agile, says Ole Lensmar. Ben Linders talks about different approaches to grooming our backlog lists.

Testing Philosophy

Yes, estimates are lousy, and they are going to keep being lousy, says Dan Milstein—and he invokes Kahneman to tell us why that’s so. I don’t know much about the Miagi-Do school of software testing, but Matt Heusser is helping to educate me. Finally, a higher level perspective and voice of reason in the increasingly heated debate on testing certification. Leave it to testing dean Cem Kaner to put the entire discussion into perspective. I’ve started presenting on the topic of exploratory testing, with a focus on how to transition between it and scripted testing without losing important information. But I’m always trying to learn more about exploratory testing, and in this article Petter Mattsson offers one of the best explanations I’ve seen. Jonathan Kohl answers the question we should all be asking – whether we create value with our testing. It’s all about storytelling, says Jonathan Kohl.

Interesting Read

I’m not a big fan of the “anyone can learn to code” movement. That said, here are ten places where, well, anyone can learn to code. Forgive me. Andy Lester provides us with an abridged list of bad interview questions for technical jobs, and how you might go about answering them. Hala Saleh reminds me that the way to progress in our lives is to embrace discomfort. This is really important, and we don’t do nearly enough of it.