Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Feedback from a Developer (without knowing it)

Recently someone asked one of my developers if we created formal test plans. Since the conversation was in an email, my developer cc’d me on it and responded saying he wasn’t sure but he had *seen* me create test cases in our bug tracker, SpiraTeam. He wasn’t sure if that qualified as a formal test plan.

Upon reading the email I responded asking what the questioner considered a formal test plan. Then I explained how we use Mind Maps to detail test designs and that works for us as a “test plan”. Yet I kept wondering when the last time I wrote a test case was so I went through our system and found a timestamp on the last created case. It read July 7th, 2011.

Curious still, I sent an email to my developer and asked when was the last time he *saw* me create a test case in Spira. His response was:
“I don’t know, didn’t you create some for the release before the DW or something? Maybe it wasn’t test cases, but I’ve seen you do things that take forever in Spira, I always thought they were test plans or test cases.”
“…I’ve seen you do things that take forever!" Yup that’s what writing out test cases will do. They take time to write out, time to “execute”, don’t necessarily help the tester plan their testing, and are abandoned after their use. After numerous years it was time to move onto something more effective.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

MacBook Pro with Retina Benchmarks

I was really impressed with the latest MacBook refresh so much so that I purchased the new 15" MacBook Pro with Retina a few months after its release. Owning a portable computer is a lot more convenient for writing and testing – far more than any tablet could be. (I do like using my iPad for reading, testing iOS apps and taking notes.) As I’ve done in the past let’s look at the benchmarks for this new computer.

The specs of my new 15” MBP w/Retina:
  • 15.4” LED display with 2880-by-1800 resolution 
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor 
  • 256 GB Solid State Drive 
  • 16 GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory 
  • Weight: 4.46 pounds 
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory 
  • Mac OS X 10.8 
  • 7 Hours battery life 
  • … and many other impressive attributes