Steve Rowe's Blog

Ruminations on Computing - Programming, Test Development, Management and More

June, 2014

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    Perceived vs. Objective Quality

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    I recently heard this story, but I can't recall who told it to me. I don’t have proof of its veracity so it might be apocryphal. Nevertheless, it illustrates an important point that I believe to be true independent of the truth of this story. As the story...
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    Data Driven Quality

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    My last three posts have explained how test lost its way. It evolved from advocates of the user to a highly efficient machine for producing test results, verifying correctness as determined by a specification. Today, test can find itself drowning in a...
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    Halt and Catch Fire

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    I just finished watching the first episode of the new AMC show called Halt and Catch Fire.  The name comes from an old computer instruction which would stop the machine immediately.  The show follows a small Texas company trying to build IBM...
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    Test Has Lost Its Way

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    In a blog post , Brent Jensen relays a conversation he had with an executive mentor. In this conversation, his mentor told him that, "Test doesn't understand the customer." When I read this, my initial reaction was the same as Brent's: "No...
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    A Brief History of Test

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    In the exploration of quality, it is important to understand where software testing came from, where it is today, and where it is heading. We can then compare this trajectory to the goal of ensuring quality and see whether a correction is necessary or...
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