May 27, 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

Rick Austin says that rather than trying to figure out what to put into a release, we should focus on what to leave out. What’s the most powerful practice in Agile development projects? Retrospection, says Woody Z. I don’t necessarily think that Scrum and Kanban can easily be compared, but I can understand why people do so. Here Dalia Lasaite looks at Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban, an combination of the two approaches.

Testing Philosophy

Testing has been undergoing a bit of a crisis of confidence lately. Part of that crisis is due to what is seemingly an increasing trend to test applications in production. Alister Scott asks whether testing in production makes more sense today than it used to. Guru Jonathan Kohl talks about his passion for mobile testing and advice he would give beginning practitioners in the field. Dr. Cem Kaner offers more thought on the roles and responsibilities of software certifications. In particular, he believes strongly in the right of a company to study their data privately. Kaner seems to be the adult supervision in our field. Iain McCowatt comments on the differences between testing and checking.

Seapine View

I continue my series on bias in testing with an overview of one of the most amazing predispositions that affect all of us, the anchoring bias. Colleague Matt Harp tells us five Classifications for Risk Control Measures in Medical Device Development and refers us to Seapine’s recent webinar for more good stuff.

Interesting Read

We talk a lot about our work adding value to the business, but we may have very different ideas of what that means. Here Kent J. McDonald provides his perspective on value and how to measure it. Katherine Slattery says there will always be a need for software testers.