Weekend Update (for software testers)

Although software testing doesn’t take weekends off, our blogging team does (most of the time). So, in an effort to tide you over until Monday morning, here are a few testing related stories – each well deserving of a weekend read. Enjoy!

Tester Professionalism
From “Uncle Bob’s” post on Sapient Testing: “It seems to me that James (Bach) is attempting to define “professionalism” as it applies to testing. A professional tester does not blindly follow a test plan. A professional tester does not simply write test plans that reflect the stated requirements. Rather a professional tester takes responsibility for interpreting the requirements with intelligence. He tests, not only the system, but also (and more importantly) the assumptions of the programmers, and specifiers.

I like this view. I like it a lot. I like the fact that testers are seeking professionalism in the same way that developer are. I like the fact that testing is becoming a craft, and that people like James are passionate about that craft. There may yet be hope for our industry!”

Podcast: Matt Heusser Explains the “Rebel Alliance
From SearchQualitySoftware.com: “No one wants to eat a bagel alone.” This is the underlying principle behind the formation of “The Rebel Alliance” a team of STAREast bound testers and developers who will attend the conference as a group. “The intention is to make everyone comfortable, introduce ourselves to the minds that we respect in software and expand our networks,” says Heusser. This kind of collaborative effort also transcends into the session Heusser will be presenting at STAREast which explains creation and service of SocialText, where Heusser is employed as a tester.”

Tester Shortages Being Reported
From James Hutchinson’s latest piece in ComputerWorld: “As companies begin to revise and implement IT projects put on hold during the economic downturn, software testing companies and consultants have seen an increase in demand for their niche services. However, some report they are struggling to keep up with increased demand, and have begun looking to overseas markets to to bring in more skilled testers.”

iPad, iProblems
From Rafe Needleman’s column: “Everyone knows the first-gen iPad is lacking a camera and multitasking and that many of its apps are overpriced. Annoying. But those of us who bought iPads knew this going in, and we’ve found ways to work around or to justify to ourselves these omissions in the product. What we didn’t know about on iPad Day, April 3, was all the little things that would drive us up a tree. These are the annoyances and roadblocks that makes this appliance, otherwise engaging and attractive, feel like it was rushed out the door. Or done on the cheap.”

Have a great weekend everyone!

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