July 1, 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

In the debate on whether or not Agile methodologies can scale to large projects or groups of projects, Charlie Rudd notes that scaling Agile is really a matter of scaling people. Huib Schoots shares his Agile Testing Days 2012 tutorial on mind maps and Agile via SlideShare. Mitch Lacey offers three tips for new ScrumMasters.

Testing Philosophy

Will more advanced image processing and recognition simplify testing? I have my doubts, but Sam Benihya thinks it’s a winner. Why do we care about web application performance? According to Tammy Everts, the average web page has doubled in size since 2010. That’s why. Lindy Brandon talks about whether the new trends in testing are a philosophy or a science. What is the irrational tester? In a similar journey that I started a year and a half ago, James Lyndsay looks at the biases that prevent testers from doing their jobs effectively. Who would have thought that software has bugs? Alex Chitu explains how YouTube made this discovery. Amy Reichert talks about the challenges of maintaining a test environment, and she’s not kidding. I once toured a test center for a major insurance company that had 4000 servers and 4000 clients.

Seapine View

Colleague Matt Harp looks at the software features being planned for the new San Francisco 49ers’ stadium in order to enhance the experience of those physically attending football games.

Interesting Read

Failing at a software development project is usually due to one of several different anti-patterns. Thomas Sundberg tells us how we can fail a project fast and efficiently. We’ve got our measures of human productivity all wrong, says Linda Stone in The Atlantic.