Or: The Struggle Between Good and Progress Recently I saw a tweet from Mr Bach: There is a much bigger problem than #paytospeak and that is that nearly all conference talks about software testing are terrible and conference organizers do nothing about it. — James Marcus Bach (@jamesmarcusbach) October 30, 2018 I’ve not been involved […]
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I have had one reply
that I know of to my Apathy post containing useful critique. You can find it here written by a name you may know, Matt Heusser! First I have to say that I’m grateful to have a considered response. Now I’ll expand a little on the points raised, and hopefully draw an interesting conclusion.
How do you keep up to date with the test industry?
What’s the difference between a tester and a developer?
I thought, as I hadn’t updated my blog in months, that I’d post a little about the disjointed way some people in the industry talk and write about testing and how you might avoid doing the same – or if you want to continue doing the same understand the pitfalls of the language you’re using and what you might be communicating to other people. A fair warning: this won’t be news to many of you.
Pass and Fail seem to be ubiquitous terms in the testing industry. “Did the test pass?” and “How many failures?” seem to be innocent questions. But what, exactly, does pass or fail mean?
Why is it so important to say exactly what we mean? Checking vs testing, test cases aren’t artefacts, you can’t write down a test, best practice vs good practice in context – isn’t it a lot of effort for nothing? Who cares?
I assume that I’m directing myself at a group of people who know that there’s no such thing as a Best Practice, and that we shouldn’t use the term. There’s a bit of consternation around this, some people defending the term whilst understanding the nature of contextual value of practices.
This was a good listen! So good I’m inspired to comment in more space than can fit in a tweet. I do agree with basically everything mentioned, which is a shame, but it did bring up ideas for me that I hadn’t considered and ways of expressing things I hadn’t heard yet, which is a treat.