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Ash Winter - What is testing?

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Ash Winter - What is testing?

  1. 1. #AgileNorthants “If you don’t care about quality, you can meet any other requirement.” ~ Gerald Weinberg
  2. 2. Ash Winter Short stuff here: @northern_tester Long stuff here:
  3. 3. So, erm, what actually is testing then?
  4. 4. Tough crowd… • Does testing? • Identifies as a tester? • Doesn’t really think about it all that much? • Thinks you can ‘bake quality in?’ • Thinks testing is dead? • Thinks devops will replace everything?
  5. 5. In interviews I ask… • What is testing (to you)? • Terrifying answers • “Being nice”
  6. 6. • No paradigm == no legitimacy • No legitimacy == no value I do care… lots
  7. 7. OK, smarty-pants… •What is testing then? •Apart from “being nice”
  8. 8. What do you believe? • Rather than a technical definition… • These are my axioms about testing…
  9. 9. #1 Team Based Activity • I help enable my team to test • I don’t test that much • Quality Assistance || Quality Advocacy
  10. 10. #2 Testing is a human, intellectual activity •Thinking •Learning •Sharing •Talking •Listening
  11. 11. #3 Modelling • Products • Systems • Teams • Technologies • Testing == Information.
  12. 12. #4 Complete testing is impossible • Logically always pesky bugs • Infinity is a strength
  13. 13. #5 Balance & Variation
  14. 14. #6 Testing is a performance • By all means, think about it. • The value when it is in motion, do it!
  15. 15. #7 Tools assist testing, not replace • Automation is an hugely important tactic of testing • Build tools to observe and control
  16. 16. #8 Testability • Great development is concerned with testability • Great teams talk about it lots!
  17. 17. #n Context or ‘it depends’ • If the problem isn’t solved, then product doesn’t work. • Context driven activity. One size fits one.
  18. 18. What its not… • is another story… • But lets stay cheerful eh?
  19. 19. Questions or Beer? Duff Man says: “Yeah that's swell, Duff wholeheartedly supports asking questions. Now! Who wants a beer!"

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