Can thinking of creating a test scenario like telling a story help you put together more realistic tests? Think that you can always be counted on to do the “right thing”? Well what exactly does that mean? Finally, there’s perception. Is what you perceive reality? And what happens if you perceive a site to take seven seconds to load…is that still OK in 2013? Find out the answers to these questions and more in this week’s Testing Roundup. But first, our weekly poll, inspired by our story on perception vs. reality:
Want to improve your test scenarios? Use storytelling methods and games, according to software testing consultant Jonathan Kohl. “As testers,” he says, “we can incorporate more than a linear scenario into our work. We can add so much more depth to our test approach using stories and worlds.” This will help you create real life conditions and get a better feel for how your users are going to utilize your application. But there’s more to this story, so you’ll have to check out the article.
Is perception reality? Or can it lead you astray? Technology columnist Jennifer Lent says yes they can. Her recent experience at the STAREast Conference details the perceptions around three hotbed topics: mobile testing, agile development and application security. She details what people think is reality, such as that everyone is working on a mobile app, and what she saw as the truth when she talked to people there. Extra bonus: check out the Scott Barber comment in the comments section. What do you think?
Author Pete Walen’s friend said, “They can always count on me to do the right thing.” But Pete wanted to look into that statement a little bit. Testing can be dynamic, and each situation is different from the last. To utilize the context of every project, the rules have to change every time. To follow up his friend’s statement, Pete asked, “If the right thing ever varied? Is it possible that the right thing can be different from one project to the other?” His friend walked away. Read the article then let us know if you agree with Pete or his friend.
Seven seconds. To load a web page that a company depends on to make its money. Does anybody else find this a little ridiculous? Well, clearly author Tammy Everts does. Her first finding? “Most web pages are too slow.” That’s definitely true as the last time consumers reported being OK with a seven second page load time was 2001. Why should you care? Well, Tammy hopes it can help you to introduce the topic of performance optimization at your company. What do you think? Will data like this help?