Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Peaceful Retrospective


I've been working.

And to work is to not write blog.

With this foreword I'll get to my next subject: retrospective. The word "retrospective" comes from latin word "retrospectare", which means to look back. It is the most important thing in becoming better on what you do. To become an expert one has to reflect experiences to teachings, measure what has been learnt, contemplate what should be kept or avoided and how to proceed to upcoming challenges. That and more is what we do in retrospective mode.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Test Planning - Granularity


I received feedback from my previous post and unfortunately there was too much tl;dr. The blog loses it's purpose if no one's reading, so I'll try to write more concisely or if the writing flow takes me, to divide the post into different subposts. And this is one of those.

Test planning as a whole is just too big to be fitted into one post so I just write about one of my favourite portions of it, the granularity. As Wikipedia puts it
"Granularity is the extent to which a system is broken down into small parts, either the system itself or its description or observation."

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The World Divided


So. As I promised, here's some more concrete stuff. Not rock solid, but at least something to hold and hug. I'll write about a subject that has been close to my heart for quite some time; The World Divided. It is of course the war between the people representing the traditional way and the new way of doing testing. Ok, those who do testing in more traditional way might not know the difference, so I'll shine a light to this...

Monday, June 6, 2011

Community Service


I've stumbled across a familiar problem. I've started to write about several subjects. I've been writing with pure joy, from the heart, but when it comes to the the actual professional stuff, the boring stuff, the joy stopped. And so did the writing. According to Belbin Team Inventory assessment, I have very strong tendency towards Resource Investigator and Plant, with a hint of other roles, but no Completer/Finisher. Not even a single bit. Ok, Wikipedia puts Completers/Finishers to be quite anal characters, but it see them as people who get things done, which is an admirable quality. And I lack that, dammit!

And there I go again with the jibberjabber! To dodge this issue, instead of sticking with the original plan, starting with the basics of testing, I'll just write about this happening I participated and how it grew thoughts in my mind...