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Too much energy, creativity, and time are spent debating ‘testing versus checking’ and ‘manual versus automated’. Testing philosophers wander town to town, blog to blog, webinar to webinar, sowing confusion and angst. The motivation is not the pursuit of Truth. They are squeezed by modern trends in software testing and trying to preserve their role as experts from a time long gone, rather than embrace and extend modernization. The tragedy is that these debates really do confuse and detract from the art and practice of software testing.

Those senior testers, who dress to stand out, need people to revere them. They don’t believe people will appreciate their intellect if they are associated with rote, repeatable testing. No one will pay for their seminars or training. This view is both wrong and demeaning to the very audiences they are appealing to. Ironically these testing philosophers are far better at testing software than they are at Socratic debate. …


I’ve been chatting with test professionals, investors, CEOs, and engineering teams the past few weeks to see how the recent work-from-home and macro environment has been impacting testers and testing activity. It seems that many previously slow-moving trends are accelerating, and will likely have a significant residual impact after things seem to be headed back to ‘normal’.

There have been major shifts before; desktop, web, mobile, and cloud. You could also argue waterfall, agile and everything in between were also shifts. But those were simply technological and process shifts. The world of testing just got nudged pretty hard by world events. Everyone has felt the shift, but may not realize the long term impact on the profession. We are in the acceleration phase of a new shift, one that will impact who, what, where, when, why and how testing will be done in the near future. The recent mass experiment of working from home, under pressure, under economic shock, with realtime changes, under government watch, the software now considered the critical infrastructure, and a lot of ambiguity will change the face of testing forever. …


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Automated Game Test Steps

I used to tell my team that “games are just too hard to tackle right now” and would tell potential investors “we don’t test games…” Today, video game teams and investors are glad they ignored me.

Video games are perhaps the toughest pieces of software to test. …

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