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Swiss Testing Day 2011 March 16, 2011

Posted by Peter Varhol in Software development, Strategy.
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16 March at Swiss Testing Day I’m in Zurich at Swiss Testing Day. The conference has about 750 attendees, and there’s a lot of energy and information here. The keynote speaker, Julian Harty of eBay, gave an enteratining talk on “The Six Hats of Software Testing.” He notes that we can play six types of personalities that are relevant to testing, and he uses hats as a metaphor for these personalities. Blue hats signify overview and purpose, red signify passion and emotion, yellow optimism, white data and objectivity, green creative, and black pessimism.

Harty advocates testing teams “try on different hats” during meetings and while working (all team members wear the same hat), to gain different perspectives.

The second talk I attended was “When to Ship,” given by John Fodeh of Cognizant. I was interested in this talk because the topic is similar to one that I’m presenting at QUEST 2011 on April 6th in Boston. While John took a different approach than I am, we both agree that you make your decision to ship based on data, so you had better be collecting, analyzing, and reporting on multi-dimensional measures of quality to be able to make that decision.

John noted that metrics serve multiple purposes – to understand, assess, predict, improve and communicate. To me, those reasons are so important that one of the first things that testers should decide is what data needs to support decisions for the software, and make sure they get the data they need. It’s a very high priority.

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