I've been nominated as a director candidate for the CMG. My candidate statement is posted below because my views related to CMG mirror my views for application performance in organizations and the industry as a whole and I believe that is (or, at least, I hope it is) interesting to anyone involved or concerned with challenges related to application performance now and in the future.
If you are a CMG member, I encourage you to review all of the candidate statements and to vote your conscience here.
This past weekend, I finally made time to start reading Agile Testing: A Practical Guide For Testers And Agile Teams, Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory, Addison-Wesley (2009). I made it through the first two chapters before life called me away. After I put the book down and starting going about accomplishing a mundane series of errands, I realized that I was feeling disappointed and that the disappointment had started growing just a few pages into the book. Not because of what the book had to say, what it said was pretty good – not exactly how I would have expressed a few things, but thus is the plight of a writer reading what someone else has written on a topic they also care and write about. What was disappointing me was the fact that the stuff in those chapters needed to be said at all.
Due to the overwhelming success and positive reviews of the last STP Online Summit: Business Value of Performance Testing, we've decided to do it again -- only this time, we're going to explore Achieving Business Value with Test Automation.
Join me (while I continue practicing my radio host skills for my emergency back-up career as a sportscaster) and 7 other presenters that I consider to be elite practitioners, teachers, and thinkers in their test automation areas of specialization for 3 half days online to learn their tips and methods for achieving business value with test automation. If you or your organization are using, or thinking about using, automation to enhance or improve your testing, you're not going to want to miss this online summit. I honestly can't think of anywhere else you can get this concentration of relevant and thematically targeted information at a better price, but you be the judge:
When: Tuesday October 11 10:00AM - Thursday October 13 1:30PM PST
Cost: $195 USD before 9/26/11 $245 USD after 9/26/11
Theme: For more than 15 years organizations have been investing in the promise of better, cheaper, and faster testing through automation. While some companies have achieved demonstrable business value from their forays into test automation, many others have experienced questionable to negative returns on their investments. Join your host, Scott Barber, for this three day online summit, to hear how seven recognized leaders in test automation have achieved real business value by implementing a variety of automation flavors and styles for their employers and clients. Learn how to answer the ROI question by focusing on business value instead of testing tasks, and how to implement automation in ways that deliver that value to the business, not just to the development and/or test team.
Two part podcast on the STP site. I say some interesting stuff... or at least I say some stuff that's interesting to me. :)
Last week, I hosted STP's Online Performance Summit, a 3 half-day, 9 session, live, interactive webinar. As far as I know, this was the first multi-presenter, multi-day, live webinar by testers for testers. The feedback from attendees and presenters that I have seen has all been very positive, and personally, I think it went very well. On top of that, I had a whole lot of fun playing "radio talk show host".
The event sold out early at 100 attendees with more folks wanting to attend, but were unable. Since this was an experiment of sorts in terms of format and delivery, we made a commitment to the smallest and least expensive level of service from the webinar technology provider, and by the time we realized we had more interest than "seats", it was simply too late to make the necessary service changes to accommodate more folks. We won't be making that mistake again for our next online summit to be held October 11-13 on the topic of "Achieving Business Value with Test Automation". Keep your eyes on the STP website for more information about that and other future summits.
With all of that context, now to the point of this post.
Fred Beringer of SOASTA posed that question on his blog yesterday.
An interesting question, so being a tester, what did I do? Right, I tested it. It took all of one test for me to come to my conclusion...
NOT WITH RESULTS LIKE THIS!!
Yesterday, SOASTA announced their new product, CloudTest Lite (Press Release). It's not common that I get excited about a tool product release, but this is different. This product has the potential to change the market for the better.
Scratch that. I'll be shocked if it doesn't change the market for the better.
Why is that, you ask? Consider the following attributes of CloutTest Lite:
- It's a fully featured, easy to learn and use, enterprise class, modern, performance testing tool for web & mobile applications
- All you need to use it is a reasonably modern machine connected to the internet and a web browser.
- You don't need to buy, install, configure or maintain load generation machines.
- The "license" is tied to your personal credentials, so you can design, create, execute, and analyze your tests from any machine you want without needing to figure out how to point to the license server, or how to get onto the corporate network from your favorite internet cafe.
- You can even do much of the design, test enhancement, and analysis entirely off-line.
- You can simulate up to 100 virtual users any time you want. No more scheduling time on the controller days or weeks in advance guessing the app will be ready for your test. No more having to wait until your next scheduled time to re-run your test when you see something 'wonky' in your data.
- It's free.
- Yes, I said free.
- As in, you never need to pay a dime. Not today, not when the trial expires, not a year from now to continue your maintenance contract.
- That's right, it is free from now until the sun explodes (or at least until well beyond when anything we're building or planning to build today is long gone and forgotten)
Imagine the implications:
The Centro de Ensayos de Software (CES), a non-profit software testing laboratory in Uruguay, has recently launched a program that is certain to become the new “gold standard” in professional development for software testers. The program, endorsed by the Universidad de la Republica (Uruguay), the Universidad Castilla La Mancha (Spain), and sanctioned by the Uruguayan IT Chamber (CUTI), is the most comprehensive, affordable, and publicly available training program for software testers on the market. Based on my market research and comprehensive review of the program, I have no reservation in rating it as market leading.
I guess it’s that time again. What time is that, you ask? It’s the time when discussion/debate flares up over Context-Driven. I’m not going to weigh in on the whole discussion of pros/cons, value/distraction, etc. I am a consultant. I am Context-Driven (and not just as a tester, it's simply the way I have operated since long before I was a tester and long before I became aware someone had coined a term and composed a set of principles around how I already operated). The license plate on my car says “CONTEXT”. It works for me. But my point isn’t to convince you that it’s right for you. My point is to address a comment that I frequently hear that *feels* very sad to me.
“Where I work, I don’t have the freedom or authority to implement all this Context-Driven stuff, so I guess I don’t get to be part of the club.”
I find this sad, because I don’t agree. It is my opinion that “Where I work, I don’t have the freedom or authority…” *is* a "driving context", making smart decisions about what you are empowered to choose, and appropriately trying to inform/educate those who are "driving your context" that there are other options qualifies as being Context-Driven... at least to me.
These are the three words that straighten out most of the rough days I encounter when my schedule gets overloaded and when the demands on my time get too high. And yes, I still have to work at saying "no" but that's a topic for another day.
See my website for the rest of this post.
Each incremental change is driven by a problem the teams recognise they are facing. We then help to find a small change they are happy to introduce as an experiment. This change must be a solution or a step towards a solution to the identified problem. Sometimes this experiment will be limited to a single iteration. Sometimes it’s limited to a single user-story in a given iteration.
Based on the outcome of the experiment, the team decides what to do next. They may continue the experiment, introduce the change beyond the limitations of the experiment or even abandon that change and try something else.
This has two distinguishing factors...
Read the rest of this article on my new blog...
|Friday, October 29, 2010 1:00 PM EST
Gomez Webinar: Application Performance Testing: From concept to gravestone with Scott Barber and Imad Mouline. Register Here
Date: Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 17:55
This year there is a separate subject area for Load Testing at CMG'10 (held December 6-10 in Orlando, Florida) in addition to the Performance Engineering subject area. The number of performance testing and performance engineering sessions significantly increased. Of course, there are a lot of excellent sessions in traditionally strong CMG areas such as capacity planning, monitoring, performance analysis, and modeling.
Date: Monday, 13 Sep 2010 11:35
I started work on a new project and need to address search testing with a wide assortment of languages. And geez, this is a puzzle I've worked with before so I thought I would share some thoughts around the topic of search testing with multiple languages.
At the start, I look into how many languages and what languages I'll be working with. Based on past (and current) experiences, I have certain reactions - from a testing perspective - to some languages.
Date: Saturday, 31 Jul 2010 03:00
I have often said something like “We found a hundred bugs!” Lots of people have heard me say it. Statements like that are very valuable to me. But we should ask some vital questions about them.Consider Raisin Bran cereal. If you lived in America and weren’t in solitary confinement during the 80’s an 90’s you [...]
Date: Friday, 30 Jul 2010 14:03
Jason Gorman quickly illustrates how to apply the Collapse Heirarchy refactoring to eliminate a lazy subclass
Date: Thursday, 29 Jul 2010 12:00
Lazy classes add little value for the maintanance burden they incur. In this example, Jason Gorman illustrates how to safely inline a lazy class into its containing class.
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