Arkisto: April 2016

Tester’s Job is not to Break the Software

28. Aprilta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

The night was cold and lightless. Leaves turned yellow by the autumn covered the moist surface of the asphalt, whose black colour seemed to absorb even the smallest rays of light, which the dim and occasionally flickering street lamp cast upon the earth. The expectation in the air manifested into pillars of steam as it met exhalation. Torn cloud cover revealed momentarily the pale moonlight, whose ghostly illumination was reflected from the Predator’s eyes in the darkness of a shadow-filled alley. It awaited for its next Victim, certain and confident. It knew that the Victim would be coming to it that night. It had happened before, and it would always happen again and again. The Victim gave meaning for the existence of the Predator.


The tester is an eye witness for a crime. A witness, who is called forth at the beginning of a trial. Not one, whose bloodthirsty axe split the skull of the victim with the force of a determined swing. Not the one, whose finger pressed against the trigger with the cold murderous certainty. But the one, who came to the scene just after the crime had been committed, one breath too late to prevent the sin that had taken place. The tester is a witness in an eternally continuing trial, who has sworn to give a truthful and responsible depiction of the real chain of events that transpired.

It is an undeniable fact

that the crime had already been committed

by the time when the tester arrived.

The software had arrived to the tester’s desk already broken. Some chain of events had made a weakness come about, which had settled inside the software before the start of a test cycle. That, what is known of the software during the beginning of the test cycle is usually a misguided understanding, which is based on uncertain assumptions and expectations. They fabricate a veil – an illusion – behind which the weakness can easily hide unbeknownst to anyone. The actual quality is revealed, when the heart of that illusion is sundered.

All crimes wait for their witness – the story teller – who could let the might of their words tear the veil of delusions in twain, letting the bright light flow in through the windows. Respectively, all bugs await for their discoverer, because only the discoverer can give meaning for the existence of a bug.

Tester’s job is not to break the software, but the illusion of it.

Thinking Becomes a Trap

14. Aprilta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

In my opinion, ”I’ve given it some thought.” is a senseless expression. Little by little I find myself more certain that thinking for human beings is as automatic a function as blood circulation, respiration or digestion.

Flow of thoughts is an uninterrupted film reel of dialogue and events. Either past, or future. And, the majority of the mind’s movie has nothing to do with what is actually at hand.

While working with limited knowledge, the mind has a habit of building framework stories to support the content. And, we excel at it. You can personally stop and give it a try. What kind of mental images does this click bait headline conjure?

Weekend: Triple homicide in Kemi.

That one can make your inner storyteller go wild. Even though getting wild is fascinating, it can also easily become dangerous. Truth and circumstance are often forgotten quite easily.

We report our work by telling what we discovered or made happen. But how often do we offer the recipient the framework for its content? Would the mental images of the aforementioned headline change if we were to tell them about an armed burglar and legitimate self-protection?

Often a tester skilfully reports the product’s quality and discovered bugs. But, how often do we tell how the testing was done? Or what was the quality of our work in these circumstances?

Content without framework is either useless or dangerous. Apply frames to your work’s results. This way you inevitably lift the quality of your expertise.

Regarding Tantrums and Waving Hands.

5. Aprilta, 2016 | Kirjoittaja: Antti Niittyviita

It has not been long since Easter. The Sunday morning of that weekend are delightful, since a rooster or a bunny has decided to give a joyous surprise for people. With Easter eggs, of course.

Everyone loves surprises. The place of paradox is that only expected surprises are liked by people. The other kind of surprises we tend to mainly call ‘problems’.

One of the strongest indicators that predict success for a person in both projects and in life is the relationship to those nasty surprises. When facing them, one’s ability to work under pressure is measured. In the middle of uncertainty.

Those do the best, who have the most time under pressure.

In reality, each one of us has the same amount of that precious resource called ‘time’. What it comes down to is who experience the greatest peace at that point of time when stuff hits the fan.

If peace produces more efficient activities, then how could we normal people work towards that mystical resource that enhances our performance?

The first step is to stop that useless anxiety. It only makes you feel awful. Screaming and waving hands in panic does not help. Anxiety, or frustration does not serve any other purpose but to make bad situations worse.

The situation at hand is already the kind of which it is. Whether you wanted it or not.

If we accept our role, a new dimension of possibilities can be reached. The one, which remains forever undiscovered by people rushing about. The ones who can perform heroics are the ones who are capable of genuine presence first. It is followed by an ability for creative problem solving. They are the ones who have the means of doing the most when there’s a fire.

The next problem will also take you by a pleasant surprise. What if you would do away with whining and wanting? Instead you could become curious and explore the reactions of your mind and body. The dimension for the next level can be closer than you think.