“Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist.” – George Carlin
Had a great time talking about business risk with the Ministry of Testing folks and how your approach to testing is probably introducing risk to your business. Check out the whole interview or clips on my YouTube channel…
Last year I had a long conversation with my good friend Michael Bolton for a video he was producing on Digital Transformation for the TiD Conference in Beijing, China in 2022. The whole video is great with an amazing segment with Harry Collins, but my parts are at below…enjoy!
Really excited to back in Sweden on the QA conference circuit this year speaking at Oredev in November! I’ll be giving a talk: The Great Liberation – Software Quality Management in the Age of AI on some research I’m doing on artificial intelligence in testing. I’ll cover the complexity and consequences of incorporating AI and how testers should approach testing and the range of tools becoming available. I’ll also talk about what IMO, the software testing industry needs to do to adapt to the reality of AI in testing. Hope to see you there!
“When the tide goes out, you see who has been swimming naked.” – Warren Buffet
I’ve been reviewing a lot of material for a larger piece I’m writing on the use of #chatgpt and various other “#artificialintelligence” tools in #softwaretesting and I have to say one thing as a preview – the state of what the #testing community views as testing is amazingly poor.
On my way to work this morning, I was thinking about yet another in a long list of laid off #softwaretesters reaching out to me for a referral because they’re worried about the job market, the future of #testing, and most recently being replaced by “#ai-chat-whatever-the-bot-GPT” BS and it hit me – we’re just doing this….right?
We’re just pretending that the #techbro banking crisis, privacy invasions, wilful ethical violations, and disaster capitalism during a multi-year pandemic just didn’t happen? We’re just getting back on that train?
Well that just sucks…
So with the power (not) invested in me, you all can take the next 6 months off to sleep, grieve, catch your breath, or do whatever you need to start to deal with this trauma, because we have to have learned we’re able to do better than this….right? 😊
I worked with a client recently who was frustrated by all the “manual” interventions required to run their “100% fully automated” test suite. Irony aside, as an industry we really need to rethink the amount of sales nonsense we let dominate the public conversations around the value proposition of automation in testing. Terminology in our business is usually polarised and emotionally charged, but I’ve always believed that semantical arguments are worth having even if we can’t agree what to call stuff. Examples like this are just a symptom of a greater problem we have of letting vendors and <shudder> consultants sell us “fully-100%-automated-defect-predictonators” (said in your best Dr. Doofenshmirtz voice) for the last couple decades. We can do better and as well, when these ideas get into the business case, we are just undermining ourselves anyway…
I’m doing some work on “documenting” my approach to reviewing software testing operations and I keep coming back to a couple resources. I forget sometimes how much Griffin Jones talk on “What is Good Evidence” and amongst several of his works, James Christies post “Not “right”, but as good as I can do” have influenced my work. They are both brilliant thinkers and contributed a lot to the testing profession…enjoy!
Just wanted to send the quality engineering and software testing communities a short holiday note of appreciation for all the work you do.
Testing software is hard. Very hard. And not unlike plumbers, your effort is frequently not appreciated when things are working and first to be criticized when things go wrong.
Years ago I wrote a post trying to define why I like the business of software testing and specifically working with testers and why our work is so difficult.
“Testers spend their days trying to figure out what “might” go wrong by looking for ways a product is already broken – staring into the cosmic abyss of the impossibility of complete testing for all of us takes it toll. All the while competing in an industry teeming with unenlightened vendors, consultants and “experts” undermining their own value proposition by selling “bug free” methodologies, certified super-tester training programs and “automated algorithmic defect predictonators”.”
It doesn’t have to be like this, but it is, and there are lots of us fighting every day to make life better for testers while you make our systems safer, more reliable, and more equitable for the people who use them.
So from me, to you, thank you for all your hard work and know that I see it and appreciate it, even if a lot the world always doesn’t.
Wishing you a happy holiday season and great New Year.
Can’t love this enough! Many thanks to Damian Synadinos for the amazing artwork he does at I Draw Strangers. His drawing perfectly captured my “not you again with the same bullshit” look, so check him out and give him a commission to counter all this AI art crap! Cheers!