June 3, 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

The always-on target Esther Derby tells us the three metrics we really need to be tracking in Agile adoption. How can you get the most out of your Agile performance testing? Capacitas offers a five-step program.

Testing Philosophy

There are some things you should never say to a software tester, says Mike Brown. Would you continue to report bugs even if nobody listened? Eric Jacobson says yes, he would. Simon Morley distills context-driven testing down to five fundamental principles. Erik Brickarp thinks through how to use structured test planning to think through similar problems. Huib Schoots posts his awesome presentation on what testing can learn from the social sciences. I highly recommend it.

Interesting Read

As a tech editor, I gave Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols one of his first freelance assignments. Twenty years later, he’s still going strong. Read his interview with Groklaw founder Pamela Jones on Linux and Android intellectual property issues. How do we get teams to deliver software more predictably? For one, we stop trying to maximize the utilization of people, says Derek Huether. Is it a great time to become a data scientist? It seems like it is, with a lot of educational opportunities and job openings. Software great and testing icon Gerry Weinberg becomes the latest person to try to tackle the paradox of programmer productivity. Being passionate about software is critical to success, says James Turner. And you need to learn on your own, because you don’t know what you need to know in five years.