Archive for October, 2012

In advance, I apologise for the “whine” that is mixed deeply into this entry…

Just the other morning, I came across Michael Bolton’s excellent articles on the premises of Rapid Software Testing (RST).  RST is something that I’ve been keenly interested in, but haven’t had the opportunity to fully follow up on it yet.  On a quick tangent, his point five struck an especial chord with me – “our purpose is to discover the status of the product and any threats to its value…”.  In my opinion, this is our primary task – not to act as gatekeepers, quality police or (heaven forbid) nerd patrol, but to provide pertinent information to allow others to make decisions regarding the software for release.  But I digress…

His point two mentioned the “Red Queen Effect”, a theory where “you must run as fast as you can just to stay in the same place” (and twice as fast again to get anywhere).  This comes from the world of Alice in Wonderland, particularly the story “Through The Looking Glass”.   Bolton was elaborating on how we in the software development world often try to do more than what our resources allow.  It also feels like an excellent metaphor for the ever-developing world of “software testing skill, methodological and attitudinal development” and my current position among these eternally shifting winds of change.
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