Monday Musings

It’s been a busy week, as usual, and that’s just in terms of work. The wife and three kids keep me pretty busy after hours too! My eldest daughter (along with team) came first place in a big cheerleading competition this week, so that made me pretty happy. But keeping up with their various activities is a full time job in itself.

Anyway, from a product management & testing work perspective:

  • I’m spending a lot of time writing requirements which, having come from a testing background comes fairly naturally. I favour the story driven development approach, so we have a headline story and then I try to break that down into a number of different scenarios. Because of the way we work currently, there’s not a huge amount of discussion about those stories with the developers once they get hold of them, and that’s something that I’m going to need to change. Towards the end of the week, we discovered an issue with an upcoming implementation that would definitely have been picked up much earlier in the development cycle had there been some more conversation with the people actually doing the work. So that’s a lesson learned.
  • All that being said, we have plenty of new features in progress and coming down the pipeline. I’ve invested a lot of effort into putting together a roadmap and devising a process that enables regular TestRail releases in the future. You can expect to hear more about how things are shaping up on the Gurock blog soon.
  • Speaking of the Gurock blog, I’d be remiss not to re-mention our webinar with Matt Heusser this week. You can find more details about that here. Make sure you go and register if you haven’t done so already!
  • One of the other things I’ve spent a bit of time doing with the Gurock team since I started as Product Manager, is educating them about all things testing. This week was an overview of the challenges of IOT, touching on some security issues (which we’ll address in our next brown bag session). A key quote from our discussion for me though was that “testing begins in the mind” – which brings me, in a roundabout sort of way, to this post from Anders Dinson, talking about the Illusion of Quality. Worth a read!
  • Another idea I discovered this week (via Abby Bangser & Alan Page) was that of the trickle list. It seemed interesting, but on reflection I realised I already have plenty of tools in place that work well for me to achieve the same kind of objective (see my post on Themes for example, or Systems, not Goals). So, while I can see the merits, the craftsman tool selection heuristic suggests it’s probably not worth me investing a lot of effort into. It’s certainly worth checking out if you don’t have some other tools in place though.
Thanks for reading. Feel free to reach out via a comment or on the socials if anything resonates.

Cheers,
Simon

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