Why the good testers disappeared

… and why they shouldn’t have. It is relatively easy to see when and why some form of disillusionment occurred in testing world, after a few years of increasing hype around it. There were many healthy discussions around a tester’s place on modern Agile projects, and increased focus on test automation skills. It was when the context-driven school of testing put it’s hands up and fairly stated it could not be considered relevant. After all, what stays still in software development? The whole evolution is based on learning from mistakes, and improving programming. It is an interesting time, because once again testing has to reclaim it’s position, in the new surge of “testing is dead” mantras. Continue reading

Testing is still alive and always will be

As usual, the swing against testers has gone way too far (again). More technically competent, sure – but advertising for testers, focusing on programming ability alone will get you another developer. And maybe someone who neither a good tester or good developer.

I am quoting myself from a linkedin update, but what the hell – after 17 years in QA, I think my views must be valid enough to quote.  Continue reading

Part of the team

I sometimes take what is called a busman’s holiday – which in contracting terms means work away from the management side, and more in actual testing activity. This is valuable for me, as it keeps my skills fresh (and good for company as they get a more experienced tester). It also allows me to see the project from a different angle, to put myself outside of a comfort zone into more direct dealings with other testers and developers.

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Why Agile becomes [Fr]agile

Its a bad joke, that’s been around for a few years – usually as comment on how Agile has failed, or is perceived to have failed, down to the methodology itself, rather than people/implementation.

What really frustrates me around Agile is the misuse of roles, and and creative accounting around Agile process. Continue reading

Operation Chokehold is coming

Christ, spare us all from whining iPhoners!  Interesting (but I am sure random) choice of picture, putting iPhone users in role of  evil Darth vader, and AT&T in role of lowly Empire “cannon fodder”.   I read this article, then read the associated stories and thought – well that makes total sense. Bandwidth is not unlimited, whatever mobile broadband sales/marketing says.  If you think about it, how can it be?  And the millions of Nathan barley iPhone users are clogging up the airwaves with trite shallow data.  So I say f*ck ’em, and go for it AT&T – iPhone users want to try and bring the mobile network down?  Get a life and protest against something that actually matters – this is just shallow, but in keeping with the average iPhone user profile.

Watch out AT&T: Operation Chokehold is coming