SDTimes Has It In For Testing This Month

SD Times magazine has it in for testing in the May 2012 issue.

First, in the article on Kanban (“Kanban: Is It In The Cards?“), when it comes time to illustrate a blocked task, we get a likely scapegoat:

Testing is the scapegoat again

Secondly, we get an Industry Watch column “Testing culture undergoes dramatic shift” that describes how testing is becoming more relevant by adapting itself to what the developers want or by turning into tech support people.

This culture shift in testing might help testers shed the image of being impediments to software releases instead of facilitators of quality software releases. “How do we work with the development team in this brave new world?” Sterling asked. “The role of testers in the cloud becomes a huge value-add. Testers triage the feedback data, and turn around to tell developers, ‘Your customers want features 5, 10 and 43.’

“All of a sudden,” he said, “your success in getting your next check is pinned on testers getting you the feedback data to deliver what those customers want.”

I agree with some of the sentiments in the article, but I’d like to say that it’s not that testing is changing to fit the needs of software development. I’d like to think quality assurance professionals are helping to change the whole kit-and-kaboodle to provide better quality.

As long as we’re actually making the developers do what we want and making them think it’s their idea, though, we’re golden.

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