Testing has to be fit for purpose too

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Reading some quality process documents I found the following definition:
  • To detect and remove errors before the computer system is put into production
  • To demonstrate that the computer system is fit for intended use

But when we look at the ITIL definition of the value composition of a service – it looks fit for use, as above: follows the requirements, sufficient – what the customer gets. But also – at an equal base, it looks at fit for purpose: it has a positive effect on the business, it solves a business problem, solving the right problem. The product is a solution. If the problem isn’t solved, the product doesn’t work.

see also: Uncovering better ways  Softwaretesting is only dead, if it stands still I didn’t open it

More than carrots and sticks

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motivation

There is more to motivation than carrots and sticks – or in the case of the image above: Gold and rotten potatoes.

  • The poor farmer above had his potato harvest fail, and he had to move driven by fear, hunger, despair – at being targeted for outplacement…. as modern management speak would label depleted human resources.
  • The wise guy with the pickaxe is out for the rewards of the gold. Out for the cheat and greed of the quick fix. He though fails to deliver in the long run. His balanced score card is loaded for the current budget – containing only my, myself and I.
  • Lady Liberty in the back as a symbol of opportunities and unknown rewards. A New Hope. I doubt that many immigrants of the days ever visited the monument in the turmoil – it remained only a beacon…

 So what has this got to do about testing? 

Motivating people is very much about leading testers. But the three “personas” above might also inspire in thinking about things to test:

– Where are the burning platforms?

– Where are the quick rewards?

– Where are the long-term rewards?

If you are not Alan Page – go see RSA Animate – Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc

LEGO segway and Friends

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I didn’t open it

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, a photo by jlottosen on Flickr.

She said “don’t open it right now”
She didn’t say “don’t build it”

The unknown unknown unexpressed expectations

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  • There are things I know, I know
  • There are things I know, I don’t know
  • There are things I don’t know, I know
  • There are things I don’t know, I don’t know

I’m mostly worried about the last one.

  • Information I am assumed to have, but I don’t
  • Expectations to me, that are not expressed
  • Considerations that I aught to take, but I can’t see
  • Things I should remember, but I didn’t

and the consequence being  frustration that I am the one not knowing. #gofigure

See also Eating wicked problems for breakfastEven superheros need helpHow to spot defects Innovation is about the unknown – deal with it  All oracles are failable

Get moving

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After Linda Risings talk on “Problem-solving and Decision-making in Software Development” I had the opportunity to talk to her on her key messages of today’s GOTO training.

MOVE – Humans are not meant to sit still, we need to get up, walk, run, stand. Some companies have thread mill desks! Pilgrim walks are the talk of the town – and instead of having a 1-1 meeting – try walking. A walk after a family dinner is good for both health and social chit-chat. The same is true at work – talk a walk, MOVE!

“Get moving or someone else will move you – especially at work”, was  another topic we discussed. If your job is not making you happy, if the agile and innovative practices are being cut. BE BRAVE and boost your competencies. In these days you can either go with the downwind of companies cutting the wrong costs or go with the upwind of places that walk-the-talk.

See also: If In Doubt – Learn!Eating wicked problems for breakfastInnovation is about the unknown – deal with itSoftwaretesting is only dead, if it stands still

[Disclaimer: I had press access to GOTO-Arhus2012 on behalf on GOTOCON]

That’s what friends are for

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Simon, 6yo boy, wants a LEGO Friends set [3930]. The furniture and cakes is for his hero mini-figure “The Rescue Diver” of the city “Runkelberg”. The girl (Stephanie) in the set will be a doll, that the evil villan “Thorkild” can hammer. The Rescue Diver has the power of having a shadow that can move independently – while the oldest boy sing “Batman’s  lone hero song – being a long way away from home“.

//Keep smiling – keep shining – Knowin’ you can always count on me – for sure //

A colleague brought homemade cupcakes to work yesterday. I had the day off – but he saved one for me for the next day. A colleague in another department is not in – text her. She’s ill and send my best wishes. Writing to a friend, about a former colleague just home from hospital – here chocolate is being ordered.

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