Hi all, I'm a programmer for a small company who have the classic chaos approach to projects and testing. I often end up doing the testing - I enjoy it and seem to have the talent and patience to find the bugs. It's an area I'm thinking of moving into so I've got myself a small and growing library and am finding the good places to go on the Net - here [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] and StickyMinds
I've been feeding ideas to my boss about how to improve the testing side and he's come up with a plan about how the company should be doing testing. I sneaked a peek at it and it doesn't fill me with confidence
I'd really like to beat him over the head with one of my Rex Black books so he can get a clue but what I am looking for is a few short articles on how a chaotic company can start to move towards structure - there's a LOT of information out there, any pointers ?
thanks in advance and I hope to be a regular visitor and maybe contributor
If the goal is to get to the other side of the mountain… the ad-hoc testers I have met prefer to climb over the mountain, stopping frequently to point out how courageous and vigorous they are for having made it that far. Me, I prefer to use the turnpike to go around the mountain, you get there faster and have a lot of energy left to do other things.
I'm not thrilled about the title of the plan - a 'Testing School' whatever that is, never mind the contents
There's not much to the plan
The Programming Manager decides when he wants a new program
The Test Manager and programmer look at the spec and produce a test plan
The programmer produces an EXE
The tester tests it
yup, that's it
it's a 2 page document, page 1 says that we need to do more testing
page 2 says where we are going to do it and with what equipment and the rest of page 2 is the above plan
The seed of interest is planted. Sit with him and capture his ideas along the lines of what he thinks "do more testing" involves. Offer up a structured meeting using a standard master test plan template as an agenda. Suggest that the template is industry standard for capturing his ideas in an organized fashion and that this structure would help you create a roadmap for him. This is an eye-opening exercise.