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Software Testing Club Atlanta - Maybe We Don't Have To Test It

The March 2014 meetup of Software Testing Club Atlanta features our own Eric Jacobson’s “Maybe We Don’t Have to Test It” from STAREast 2013:

Testers are taught they are responsible for all testing. Some even say “It’s not tested until I run the product myself.” Eric Jacobson believes this old school way of thinking can hurt a tester’s reputation and — even worse — may threaten the team’s success. Learning to recognize opportunities where you may not have to test can eliminate bottlenecks and make you everyone’s favorite tester. Eric shares eight patterns from his personal experiences where not testing was the best approach. Examples include patches for critical production problems that can’t get worse, features that are too technical for the tester, cosmetic bug fixes with substantial test setup, and more. Challenge your natural testing assumptions. Become more comfortable with approaches that don’t require testing. Eliminate waste in your testing process by asking, “Does this need to be tested? By me?” Take back ideas to manage not testing including using lightweight documentation for justification. You may find that not testing may actually be a means to better testing.

As quality assurance manager for Turner Broadcasting System’s Audience & Multi-Platform Technologies (AMPT) group, Eric Jacobson manages the test team responsible for Turner’s sales and strategic planning data warehouse and its broadcast traffic system. Eric was previously a test lead at Turner Broadcasting, responsible for testing the traffic system that schedules all commercials and programming on Turner’s ten domestic cable networks, including CNN, TNT, TBS, and Cartoon Network. Prior to joining TBS, he was a tester at Lucent Technologies. Eric joined the tester blogosphere in 2007 and has been blogging about testing on testthisblog.com every week since.

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  • Claire M.

    Hey everyone, this has been an awesome ride over the last 3 years as Software Testing Club Atlanta, but we're re-branding and braching out into our very own Meetup now known as Ministry of Test Atlanta!
    Please join the new meetup and keep an eye out for our upcoming March event!
    https://www.meetup.com/Ministry-of-Testing-Atlanta/

    March 2

  • Claire M.

    Hey everyone, it's been a while since our first meetup, so we're having a retrospective! Please join us next week at VersionOne Alpharetta. Hope to see you soon... RSVP http://www.meetup.com/SoftwareTestingClub/events/175351142/

    April 23, 2014

  • binh

    Hi Mush! Could you please send to my email the G2M information and what time the meeting will be opened?

    March 18, 2014

  • Claire M.

    Thanks, Mush! I really appreciate KMS Technology making arrangements for us. :)

    March 17, 2014

  • Mush H.

    Mark / Claire: I will provide a dial-in number for Mark to join the meeting remotely - the facility does not include a conference phone, but has an internet connection that will allow us to initiate an online meeting - I will send the dial-in information to Claire for distribution.

    looking forward to seeing everyone this week!

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Mush H.

    We are checking this now, and I will have an update shortly - if the facility offers a conference phone, we will setup a GoTo Meeting for Mark

    1 · March 17, 2014

  • Claire M.

    Mark - I don't think that our location will have remote capabilities, but maybe Mush can help me out here?

    March 17, 2014

  • Eric J.

    Claire, despite my opinions on joining remotely, I don't mind if you extend the option to Mark.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Eric J.

    Looking forward to it. The speaker sounds good and I think I can relate to him.

    1 · March 6, 2014

  • Mark T.

    Any chance we could tune-in remotely?

    1 · March 4, 2014

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