June 17, 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. Follow Seapine on Twitter at @Seapine, and me at @pvarhol.

Agile Point of View

Can we get through a post-mortem without pointing fingers at one another, yet still have accountability. The folks at Etsy think so. Download the free ebook “Integrate Test Activities in Agile Projects” by Leo van der Aalst and Rik Marselis. Are Scrum and outsourcing possible together? Scrum luminary Jeff Sutherland tells us how to work with outsourced Scrum teams. It’s not really a testing topic, but Eric Kristfelt describes how you might organize a sales team as a Scrum team. For organizations that want to incorporate their development practices in other areas of the company, this is a good roadmap. Is it true that sometimes you have to break the sprint rules? Vin D’Amico thinks it can make sense.

Testing Philosophy

A casual approach to testing sounds dangerous. But Dina Hart has found an effective way to keep testing and test cases relevant in an Agile environment. The Director tells us why we should be testing applications like a San Francisco cabbie drives. We’ve all heard of DevOps, but what is TestOps? Seth Eliot explains the concept in his Future of Software Testing series for the Ministry of Testing. Matt Heusser describes the essentials of the Miagi-Do school of testing.

Seapine View

Seapine is conducting a second survey on the state of medical device development. If you are working in the field, please take a minute to respond.

Interesting Read

What happens when you become an expert in a particular area? Life becomes that much more difficult, according to Matt Heusser. What do Agile management and playing Frisbee have in common? Steve Denning makes some surprising and relevant analogies in the Harvard Business Review.