July 8, 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.

Agile Point of View

Backlog grooming is a necessary but often contentious process. Mike Cohn tell us who should attend backlog grooming meetings, and how to get the most value out of them. While the title of his article is a mouthful (“cultural impedance mismatch”?), Scott Ambler makes some great points about the different perspectives of Agile application developers and database professionals.

Testing Philosophy

Crystal Bedell notes the there is more demand for mobile user experience skills than there is supply. Lorinda Brandon wonders if software testing is a science, a philosophy, or somewhere in between. James Marcus Bach describes seven different types of testers. Which one (or more than one) are you? Writing test scripts is an important skill that many testers are competent at. Writing scripts that others can execute is an entirely different story. Pete Walen tells us how to write test scripts that others can follow accurately. How much of what we do in testing is fake? Read the Fake Testers Diary by the Fake Software Tester to find out. Why is web performance testing important? Because the average web page has almost doubled in size since 2010, says Tammy Everts.

Seapine View

My presentation “Moneyball and the Science of Building Great Testing Teams” is currently up on Slideshare. You can read more about it here, and find a link to the presentation and audio.

Interesting Read

Don’t let titles go to your head, says Cody Powell. For example, you’re not a software development manager, you’re a software helper. Dele Sikuade offers three anti-patterns that are useful for identifying when you are killing your process workflow.