Friday, February 27 • 09:00 - 10:00
K01: Test Cases are Not Testing: Toward a Performance Culture - CLOSED

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Testing means evaluating a product by learning about it through experimentation. This is a dynamic, exploratory process. Although we might script parts of it, and even reduce some of it to programmatic fact checks, testing itself is a live performance. In fact, all technical work is a live performance. Programming, managing, designing...it's all a performance. Meanwhile, for many years, some managers have dreamed of making technical work into a factory activity. That would require thinking of testing, for instance, as being encoded in artefacts such as "test cases." The primary aim of that effort is to turn testing into a commodity and to devalue testers. To fight back we need to become better at explaining "performance culture" and better at arguing for what can and cannot be done with a script.

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James Bach

CEO and Principal Consultant, Satisfice, Inc.
James Bach (consulting software tester and Buccaneer-Scholar) is an acclaimed innovator and coach in the field of software testing. After spending a few years as a video game programmer, in 1987 he became the youngest manager at Apple Computer when, at 20, he was hired to run a test... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 09:00 - 10:00
7: Columbine + Harlekin