You’ve managed projects but they are never quite right. They don’t fit into the nice definitions in project management books. Your schedules are generally off. There’s always some surprise. You’re not failing, but you feel you should be more successful. Is there a solution?
I keep hearing that more rigor is good and less rigor is bad. Some managers who’ve never studied testing, never done testing, probably have never even *seen* testing up close, nevertheless insist that it be rigorously planned in advance and fully documented. This is a cancer of ignorance that hobbles our craft.
James Bach has been a test manager or consulting tester since Apple lured him from a programming career in 1987. He spent about 10 years in Silicon Valley before going independent and traveling the world teaching rapid software testing skills. James passion is to teach testers to think, which is why he strongly opposes thoughtless programs such as ISTQB tester certification (and every other certification program currently out there). He is the author of Lessons Learned in Software Testing, and a new book: Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar, which describes his approach to self-education.
Many people believe that expensive or complicated tools are required to test performance. I’ve frequently told those looking to break into performance testing to start by becoming a mid-level everything. Once when I mentioned to a friend that I was considering writing a how-to style book on performance testing, he quipped “You’re going to fill 150 pages with the phrase ‘Hire a consultant’ in a bunch of different languages?”
Scott Barber is the Chief Technologist of PerfTestPlus, Executive Director of the Association for Software Testing, Co-Founder of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability and co-author of the Microsoft patterns & practices book Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications. Scott thinks of himself as a tester and trainer of testers who has a passion for testing software system performance. In additional to performance testing, he is particularly well versed in developing customized testing methodologies, embedded systems testing, testing biometric identification and personal security systems, group facilitation and authoring instructional materials. Scott is an international keynote speaker and author of over 100 articles on software testing. He is a member of ACM, IEEE, American MENSA, the Context-Driven School of Software Testing and is a signatory to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.
This presentation looks at how to create and foster successful professional relationships with teams and people. An alliance goes beyond building a relationship. Alliances are about building reciprocal relationships. Alliances look to not just foster a collaborative spirit but also look for ways that teams can look out for each other and work together.
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