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A Six-fold Example from Pradeep Soundararajan (James Bach’s Blog)

On June 8, 2010, in Syndicated, by Association for Software Testing
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Pradeep blogged this, today.

I need to amplify it because it provides a nice example of at least six useful and important patterns all in one post. This is why I believe Pradeep is one of the leading Indian testers.

Practical advice: “Ask for testability”

His story is all about asking for testability and all the good things that can come from that. It’s rare to see a good example present so vividly. I wanted more details, but the details he gave were enough to carry the point and fire the imagination.

Practical advice: “Try video test scripting”

I have never heard of using videos for scripted testing. Why didn’t I think of that?

Testing as a social process

Notice how many people Pradeep mentions in his post. Notice the conversations, the web of relationships. This aspect of testing is profoundly important, and it’s one that I find Pradeep to excel in. It’s kind of like x-ray vision– the ability to see past the objects of the project to the true bones of it, which is how people think of each other, communicate with, and influence each other. Pradeep’s story is a little bit technical, but it’s mostly social, as I read it.

Experience report

Pradeep’s post is an example of an experience report. Not many of them around. It’s like sighting a rare orchid. He published it with the support of his client, otherwise we’d never have seen it. That’s why there can never be an accurate or profound history written about the craft of testing: almost everything is kept secret. The same dynamic helps preserve bad practice in testing, because that bad practice thrives in the darkness just as roaches do.

Sapient tester blogging

I have referred in the past to a phenomenon I call “sapient tester blogs.” These are introspective, self-critical, exploratory essays written by testers who see testing as a complex cognitive activity and seek to expand and develop their thinking. It’s particularly exciting to see that happening in India, which brings me to the final point…

Leadership in Indian testing

There’s not a lot of good leadership in Indian testing. Someday there will be. It’s beginning to happen. Pradeep’s post is an example of what that looks like.

There must be more than a hundred thousand testers in India. (I wonder if some agency keeps statistics on that?) I would expect to see at least a hundred great tester blogs from India, not six!

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