Real Business Value of Testers

Another reminder type blog post that may or may not get further expanded upon 🙂

Liz Keogh says:

“If you don’t have actual testers, get someone to play that role. Someone who *isn’t* a dev. Us devs are very good at abstraction, and will start solving a problem before we see the whole problem. I don’t believe that an awesome dev can also be an awesome tester, or vice-versa.”

I wonder if we still need tools.  James Shore says the tools are a waste in 2010.  Was in kind of agreement there with him.  But there is value in the thinking process and dev’s can’t do all of this.   I need to revisit Jame’s article from then to make sure I’ve got all the nuance and not glossed over details.

Tools help but that’s not the be all and end all.  Remember the Agile Manifesto.

I tend to think the Agile Tester (more so than the traditional tester) can be a great productivity booster and very valuable to the organisation.  Their critical thinking at the beginning should be regarded as a blessing.  I’ve also worked with some great testers at end of the cycle, but you can also feel their frustration as well.  We can help each other 🙂

This is a reminder only – ideas are still forming – but the conversation is nonetheless open.

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