It goes without saying that ‘All the president’s men’ is an excellent movie,probably the best on investigative journalism.
I am often peeved by that fact that how quality journalism can turn into tabloid sensationalism just by the quality of reporting,similar is the role which testing plays in software.
This blog entry is not about the above,it is about the number of parallel I could draw(and I love drawing them) between some dialogs,incidents in the movie and software testing
Here are a few
Why are we doing this story? == “What is the test mission?”
Where is the story in this? == Business context
Is it a relevant question? == Test your tests
change questions when not getting answers == Tests evolve,Tests change
should we start again? == Defocus
when do we stop? == Done??
care for support ? == smart testers matter not smart tools
notes taking == lots of notes taking
smart questions elicit useful information == so,do smart test which are asked by smart testers
Expose == risk plays an important role towards achievement of correct decision making.Expose risks
you can’t do the reporting for your reporters == trust your testers
he reports in his own style == team work is about adjusting to each other’s style of work,as long as the mission is in everybody’s sight & mind
reporters matter == testers matter 😉