September 12, 2012

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

Leading Agile teams isn’t all point and shoot. Nancy Nee talks about leading collaborative teams, saying that it’s all about feedback, communication, and motivation. Do scrumMasters need Agile checklists? Some say that with experience, you know what steps you have to follow, and when to add or skip steps. When is high performance on an Agile sprint not a good thing? When it conflicts with the needs of the business, according to James Rosko.

Testing Philosophy

I’m by education and inclination an applied mathematician. Yes, a data geek. Which is why Alan Zeichick’s summary of BZ (yes, the Z is for Zeichick) Media’s recent quality survey leaves me wanting more. James Marcus Bach makes a good case that scripted testing, both in design and execution, is more difficult than exploratory testing. Many testers have received little or no formal training in the field, and often have to teach themselves some of the theory and practice in order to be effective. Vipal Kocher provides some of the underlying background in how to do exploratory testing using Tours. With the growing popularity of TMMI, maturity models are starting to encroach upon the practice of testing. Michael Bolton thinks that they unnecessarily hem us in from changing our practices when the times call for it. Johanna Rothman says that we have to learn to ask the zeroth question – should we be doing this project at all? The Testing Experience magazine focuses on mobile testing this quarter.

Testing Events

The fall conference schedule is going to start heating up pretty soon. First up on my agenda is STARWEST, in Anaheim, CA October 1-5, where I’ll be presenting Moneyball and the Science of Building Great Testing Teams. If you’re at STARWEST this year, stop by and say hello. That’s followed by TestKit, the test automation conference put on by the Automated Testing Institute, in Baltimore on October 15-17. I’ll be there also, with two presentations.