Alexander Todorov: Quality Assurance According 2 Einstein

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Quality Assurance According 2 Einstein
is a talk which introduces several different ideas about how we need to think
and approach software testing. It touches on subjects like mutation testing,
pairwise testing, automatic test execution, smart test non-execution, using tests
as monitoring tools and team/process organization.

Because testing is more thinking than writing I have chosen a different format
for this presentation. It contains only slides with famous quotes from one
of the greatest thinkers of our time – Albert Einstein!

This blog post includes the accompanying links and references only! It is my first
iteration on the topic so expect it to be unclear and incomplete, use your imagination!
I will continue
working and presenting on the same topic in the next few months
so you can expect updates from time to time. In the mean time I am happy to discuss
with you down in the comments.

IMAGINATION
IS MORE
IMPORTANT
THAN KNOWLEDGE.

THE FASTER YOU GO,
THE SHORTER
YOU ARE.

IF THE FACTS
DON’T FIT
THE THEORY,
CHANGE THE FACTS.

THE WHOLE OF
SCIENCE
IS NOTHING MORE
THAN A REFINEMENT
OF EVERYDAY
THINKING.

INSANITY –
DOING THE SAME THING
OVER AND OVER
AND EXPECTING
DIFFERENT RESULTS.

This principle can be applied to any team/process within the organization.
The above link is reference to a nice book which was recommended to me but the
gist of it is that we always need to analyze, ask questions and change is we want
to achieve great results. A practicle example of what is possible if you follow
this principle is this talk
Accelerate Automation Tests From 3 Hours to 3 Minutes.

THE ONLY
REASON FOR TIME
IS SO THAT
EVERYTHING DOESN’T
HAPPEN AT ONCE.

The topic here is “using tests as a monitoring tool”.
This is something I started a while back ago, helping a prominent startup with their
production testing but my involvement ended very soon after the framework was
deployed live so I don’t have lots of insight.

As the first few days this technique identified some unexpected behaviors,
for example a 3rd party service was updating very often. Once even they were
broken for a few hours – something nobody had information about.

Since then I’ve heard about 2 more companies using similar techniques to continuously
validate that production software continues to work without having a physical
person to verify it. In the event of failures there are alerts which are
delath with accordingly.

NO PROBLEM
CAN BE SOLVED FROM
THE SAME LEVEL
OF CONSIOUSNESS
THAT CREATED IT.

That much must be obvious to us quality engineers. What about the future however?

I don’t have anything more concrete here. Just looking towards what is coming next!

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT
YOUR DIFFICULTIES
IN MATHEMATICS.
I CAN ASSURE
YOU MINE ARE STILL
GREATER.

Thanks for reading and happy testing!


Source From: fedoraplanet.org.
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