Dispelling the misconceptions #6 – “Let it fail! As long as we fail fast!”

There has been lots of discussions about "failing fast" and how it's really good and we should all be aiming for this, but I think this is stemming a massive misconception... But I'm going to try to keep this post quite short. If we fail, then yes, I think failing fast is a pretty good idea. It [...]

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Dispelling the misconceptions #5 – “Lets 100% automate everything and get rid of all our testers”

I hear this all the time. Even from very senior people. The latest one was from a development manager, asking why we "still need to have testers testing the software, since we are aiming for 100% automating for everything"... Firstly, the truth is very simple: YOU CAN ONLY AUTOMATE WHAT YOU KNOW AND EXPECT. When we [...]

Dispelling the misconceptions #4 – “Quality Assurance”… You cant assure quality!

You can't assure quality... In fact, I'd even go as far as to say that testing itself doesn't actually improve quality, let alone assure it. Testing provides information which allows for the improvement of quality only if acted upon by the stakeholders, and then worked on by developers, but testers themselves don't actually do the [...]

Dispelling the misconceptions #2 – “Testing as an activity” does not mean that anyone can test.

So there have been a few people blethering recently about Testing as an Activity. I've been discussing this subject recently with Steve (Janaway), as he has been talking about it on his blog and at conferences: see here, and here.I agree that testing is an activity, in the same way that coding is an activity. [...]

Dispelling the misconceptions #1 – Testers are not gatekeepers!!

I keep hearing people say that testers are "gatekeepers". Just as much from testers as other project members. For example, last week, I heard a tester say that he was a "gatekeeper of the product release". <facepalm>"Doh!!"</facepalm> The truth is that testing is investigating and questioning the product and its requirements, so that information about [...]

“An agile team composed entirely of coders is just fine and dandy!”…. Really??

I regularly have some great conversations with other testers and developers that I socialize with, and a few nights ago I met a developer and got absorbed in a conversation with him about agile... Let me tell you how the conversation went. In the beginning, I found myself in agreement with the majority of his [...]