Impact of Testing
Jun 29, 2016
Impact of Testing
What is the value of a tester?
Exploring risk helps stakeholders make decisions
What to build
What not to build
How to build
What has been built
Whether problems have been solved
Introducing testability benefits the
Thinking at scale
In the age of Ticket by Ticket syndrome
Small teams on small items may lead to small thinking about big risks
This appears to work here but what about?
On 100 webservers?
Is that best practice whats needed here?
Well the system appears to do X from the point of view of my tests, but it takes 30 seconds, that OK?
Is the problem solved by the solution?
What are testers accountable for?
A PARADIGM OF TESTING
KNOWLEDGE THEY ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR QUALITY
APPRECIATION THAT THE INFINITY OF TESTING IS A STRENGTH
Their own learning
Sharing their learning
With each other
With those in different disciplines
Outside of their organisations
sharing and refinement
Enabling testing as an activity
Advocating testing to all
Giving and receiving advice
Making product and testing models apparent
Focus on performance not artifacts
Finding problems that matter
Showing their findings to those who matter
Knowing who matters
Telling a compelling testing story
Whats your opinion on the future of testers?
Process (as opposed to skill) based testing will reduce
Testers as administrators
Testers who do not improve themselves
Testers without a delivery focus
Organisation wide test strategies will diminish
Context will become the new normal
Ability to build context sensitive strategies
Testers will become more technologically aware
This does not mean they will neccesarily code
This may mean they understand technology
How we allow it to fool us
Tactical and surgical
More skilled and with legitimate expertise
See process driven
Less big 'consultancy'
Testers gets more skilful and legitimate
Less of a disposable mindset
Consultants will need to make a difference, not just reflect the clients thinking
Try something else?
Community OVER organisations
The great questions around testing will not be solved by organisations
Too much conflict of commercial interest
Community is best placed to drive debate
Testing is Dead?
Similar to saying 'thinking is dead'
Which may be true in some organisations
Deploying 100 times a day?
Still need information on risk to determine if its worth deploying
Authored by Ash Winter
29th Day of June, 2016
Prepared in Ilkley, West Yorkshire
Discussion in Leeds, West Yorkshire
Thoughts captured before an 'Impact of Testing' round table discussion
Motivation: Step out of my bubble, peek into the mind of the local testing scene
Participants - Directors and managers over active testing practitioners
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