Archive for August, 2012

Our graphic designer is on vacation, so I had got to create my own graphics today! My next project is to help repair the “Ecce Homo” fresco that was recently botched in Spain.

The life of a business analyst

What you’ll notice here is that there’s a black hole developing in your BA’s inbox. The better your customers are at responding to requirement reviews, the more productivity is sucked out of their day. Instead of delivering requirements to the development team or figuring out what’s going to be in the next sprint, your BAs are busy reviewing Word documents and making clerical updates.

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Perspectives on Testing

talks about News & Events on August 27, 2012

Welcome to Seapine’s Perspectives on Testing. Every week I’m going to look at articles, blog posts, tweets, and other testing and quality content, and provide some perspective on the news or commentary. Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Testing Philosophy

Earlier this year, I wrote a presentation called Moneyball and the Science of Building Great Testing Teams (to be given at Agile Testing Days, among other venues). Its thesis is that we make known and predictable thinking errors that cause us to be less effective team members and managers.

QAHatesYou is thinking along the same lines, and publishes a post that includes excerpts from a Psychology Today article on Deadly Mind Traps. He ties those mind traps to specific things that can happen in software testing and software projects in general.

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Perspectives on Testing

talks about News & Events on August 20, 2012

Welcome to Seapine’s Perspectives on Testing. Every week I’m going to look at articles, blog posts, tweets, and other testing and quality content, and provide some perspective on the news or commentary. Enjoy, and I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Testing Philosophy

Are we seeking “dog show quality,” that is, quality for its own sake because it attracts attention, rather than for a defined use or purpose? James Lindsay thinks some teams may be preparing their applications for dog shows, not for real life use. Are we testing for the purpose of showing off, or because the tests really help users?

Should we spend time triaging defects, or should we just fix them? Test Obsessed argues that if we spend too much time in triage, we will eventually fail. It’s a compelling argument.

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How are you managing requirement reviews with project sponsors and stakeholders? We’ve worked with several  TestTrack customers recently who have shortened the feedback loop with the new web-based TestTrack RM Reviewer.

During the project planning process, sponsors and stakeholders need to be consulted at regular intervals to ensure the project is on course to meet their objectives in delivering value to the business. Formal sign-off on requirements is also a common step in the planning process, at which point the team can begin implementation. Engaging with those folks for review and sign-off isn’t complicated; you send them an email or schedule a meeting to walk through project requirements then badger follow-up until they provide feedback. In working with customers over the past few months who were looking at the TestTrack RM Reviewer web client, we’ve found a couple common areas of inefficiency that can be alleviated with TestTrack RM Reviewer.

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In addition to working in one of the most livable cities in the United States, Mason, Ohio, we also have the benefit of working within walking distance of the Linder Family Tennis Center, which hosts the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament. If you don’t follow tennis, the Western & Southern Open is one of the few mandatory tennis tournaments featuring the world’s top men and women players.

This year the City of Mason is advertising on EPSN and The Tennis Channel during the tournament to promote living and working in Mason. Featured at the beginning of the commercial is our new corporate headquarters building, which is nearing the end of construction. It’s great to see the City of Mason receive national exposure and equally great to be part of it. Look for us in the upper-left corner at the beginning of the commercial.

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When a TestTrack issue is assigned to me, the first thing I do is open it and look at the Overview tab to learn more about the issue and what I need to do with it. This tab shows a read-only summary of all activities related to the item, including workflow events and emails. It is a good big picture view of work already completed on the issue and other information I need to know from team members to do my work.

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