Cool things I read this week (24-Aug-2014)

I read. A lot. And I share the 5 best things I read every week.

1. The fake running store manager AMA
2. Directing vs Enabling in software development
3. Genius and late bloomers
4. Why robots may not take our jobs
5. Testers and developers think differently


My notes

My discussions with my colleagues about testing and its value continue. This week also has a healthy dose of testing related articles.

1. The fake running store manager AMA
Classic trolling. A bug in Reddit gave this one user a flair called ‘running store manager’ and he made hay when the sun shone. I read through the AMA and he did a pretty convincing job of pretending to be a running store manager.

2. Directing vs Enabling in software development
I have seen so many engineering teams struggle to espouse their values coherently. I cannot articulate my values yet. At the heart of most software fights I have witnessed is this balance between directing and enabling.

3. Genius and late bloomers
A semi-interesting piece on the different paths that geniuses take. I read the piece because I loved the illustration by Gerald Scarfe.

4. Why robots may not take our jobs
These days, a significant amount of my time goes in convincing my peers that they should balance testing and automated checking better. This NY Times piece makes a good case for the balance. It’s hard to replace humans. Machines lack common sense.

5. Testers and developers think differently
Testers and developers think differently. This super cool (and old) article that helps me verbalize some of these differences better.

Arunkumar Muralidharan
I want to find out what conditions produce remarkable software. A few years ago, I chose to work as the first professional tester at a startup. I successfully won credibility for testers and established a world class team. I have lead the testing for early versions of multiple products. Today, I run Qxf2 Services. Qxf2 provides software testing services for startups. If you are interested in what Qxf2 offers or simply want to talk about testing, you can contact me at: mak@qxf2.com. I like testing, math, chess and dogs.

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