Arkisto: February 2016

Superheroes of Software Testing

23. Februaryta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

Do you still remember Mel Gibson’s Lethal Weapon movies? Or the ones where Bruce Willis just won’t die? What about Tim Burton’s gloomy and rainy Gotham City. And the hope kindling Bat signal among the hanging veil of clouds? Who ya gonna call?

Action hero movies have throughout time had a plot that fascinates a tester’s imagination. Small time criminals creep around in dark alleys in the middle of the night regardless of what city they are in. And the police know their stuff. They oversee the law and get involved if peace gets on the line.

The job of commissioner Gordon and his colleagues is to observe and patrol. To see if something should change. Is the letter of the law followed? Are agreements held?

Ultimately, peace gets upset. It always happens.

Enter a criminal boss, an arch nemesis, who displays his or her twisted, sneering, countenance. The crime gets organized to fight and the police is powerless to stop them. The fate of the future is hanging by a thread.

The victory will not come cheap. One needs to take up dirty measures and the hero needs to put his or her reputation on the line! Working in the shadows against the criminals gets even the head of the police to go on a vicious chase.

Vermin do not respect law or rules. That is why most them are caught by leaving the comfort zone. One needs to make excursions to the shadows. The place where rules have no place.

Among whose ranks do you stand, dear tester? Gordon’s or Batman’s?

Necessity is the Best Medicine

16. Februaryta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

Things can get dangerous when your phone stops working. Especially, if emergency calls no longer go through. You suddenly start to get really frustrated, since then even banking services start to have issues. And on the pay day, no less.

Sonera and Nordea have started this year by getting their act together and presenting customers with a bunch of delightful software bugs. The previous time this happened was yesterday. Both companies at the same time.

Luckily, Sonera has a smart employee Johan. The guy puts his own ass on the line and publically asks for forgiveness. The man has some backbone.

In the role of a tester I experienced an extensive amount of negative feelings when I was reading the headlines. Have they again messed up with testing?!

But in fact the news reporters did a good thing. They showed the consequences of software bugs, just like skillful testers ought to do. The audience is impressed. Suddenly it starts to seem like you have the necessity to work up your game!

You start getting results when the defects are visible and make themselves felt all the way to your toes. This cannot lead to but successes in adaptable organizations when given time.

P.S. I go all in at the Testaaja 3.0 –course on 25.2-26.2 in Helsinki. Check out for more and join in here.