Arkisto: March 2016



Could You be the Don Rosa of Testing?

24. Marchta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

Don Rosa is wonderful. Once upon a time I queued at the Stockmann store in Oulu for a chance to finally shake his hand. I also got his signature to the front page of my Escape from Forbidden Valley book. I still get moved by the fellow.

To me, Rosa’s inimitable illustrations and shockingly skillful delivery of a story are in a league of their own when it comes to comic book arts. A memory of Scrooge pouring coffee in Klondike still makes me laugh. The coffee of gold diggers was so strong it had to be cut with a knife!

In comics I am the most fascinated by how their plot is based upon stills separated from the flow of time. That is, in moments of truth that converge to build a story. All the work and action takes place between those stills. The mind fills the gaps.

Have you ever given thought as to where your work’s most important stills are? Or how you could make them into an art?

By tuning the moments you choose you shape the experience of your fellow traveler. That is how the value of your story gets a chance to really grow.

Come Work for Prove (v. 2.5)

17. Marchta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

We at Prove believe that no one should be forced to use shitty software. Nor pay for one. If you agree and like to be active, you are sure to fit in.

We are looking for new testers to our growing group of gurus in Helsinki.

  1. Exploratory testing

Do you like agile software development and understand how exploratory testing serves the development? Have you heard about James Bach or what Rapid Software Testing is? Good. Apply to work with us. E-mail your CV to Jaakko or Antti (firstname@prove.fi).

  1. Test automation

Do you have an inclination to get interested in technical challenges? Have you ever made software test automation for a living? Do you grasp code slightly better than your average joe? Are you keen about helping software developers? Good. Apply to work with us. E-mail your CV to Jaakko or Antti (firstname@prove.fi).

  1. Performance testing

Do you understand the link between software product’s performance and business? Do you know how to script perftests or measure response times? Do you fluently discuss technology with developers? Good. Apply to work with us. E-mail your CV to Jaakko or Antti (firstname@prove.fi).

If Prove is not yet known to you, suggest a meeting. Let’s get to know each other with a cup of coffee and let’s find a common ground.

One concrete step is better than 100 on to-do list. If tuning your CV feels like hard work, then stop tuning it! The important thing is that you get forward. Send your version to us and then give us a call afterwards.

If things feel good, act now instead of tomorrow :)

P.S. You can reach Antti from the number 040 572 7204 and Jaakko from 040 563 3183.

The Sense of Control is a Mirage

16. Marchta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

An outrageous allegation, I confess. What about the follow-up question: What do you mean, a mirage?

For example, that the sense of control is linked to things such as wellness, energy level, clock, calendar, other people, customer behavior or project work. In reality they are things that change fast and continuously that it is useless to dream about controlling those.

One of the most familiar things to other testers might be test control. People think that the team has been working on a new software version for a long time. What is left is to run a series of 180 checks before the release decision. During the last check a critical bug is discovered. The entire work is wasted, since after the fix the important checks need to be re-run. It is difficult to control a happenstance.

The sense of control is a mirage. Often that mirage is accidentally slain. Such as when a surprise makes one face the irrefutable facts. The surprises which are the kind we often call ‘problems’.

The mirage of control can be important for a person. For example, it could be necessary for a sense of freedom. Or, for the impression that one is free to express oneself rewardingly with wisdom.

The sense of control is not born from putting in efforts to fight against all kinds of laws of nature. Neither is it from structuring one’s work, pushing loads of processes, shaping strategies or making emergency brakes before the obvious. Those things lead only to exhaustion and injury. The necessary mirage is born another way. From reflecting ability in relation to expectations.

How able does one feel in front of all the challenges thrown at oneself by the world?

It is quite obvious that one can affect one’s abilities. Merely renovated knowhow, shaping up, learning how to sleep better and following a better diet can work miracles. Yet, working for those important things just happens to be so dreadfully boring and therefore difficult.

What if in the future you would make 10 squats in the beginning of a meeting, after which no one would sit?

Recipe for a Disaster

3. Marchta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

I like thought experiments. For example, I test ideas such as how one could completely capsize a project to a crashing halt. How to screw up the game with skill.

Post-mortem is something that one does after the death. It often means an autopsy, but not in this case. Now, Post-mortem is a piece of wisdom derived from the situation at hand.

Wisdom comes from the shared brainstorming that takes place after the experience. For example, skillfully organized Scrum –retro can land on this domain.

Last week, I came across Daniel Kahneman’s thoughts about what one can do before a disaster. Pre-mortem is a thought experiment, which describes a story about that disaster, how it was born and about its consequences.

What are the things one can do today to ensure that things go wrong tomorrow at the latest?

That is a question, which crystallizes Pre-mortem. As a result, you gain a working list which tells you how to mess the game up. Then it is your turn.

What would be the wisest thing one can do with that list today already?