Software Testing Lessons from House of Cards

The Netflix series House of Cards is my favorite TV Show. It depicts the US politician Frank Underwood, and his struggle to gain power and influence in American politics. Now while it might not be immediately seen as a natural place to learn about software testing, it struck me that a lot of the ideas and comments made in the TV series can be directly transferred to our world of modern software testing.

Having gone through a bit more systematically I’ve found a whole series of great quotes from several of the characters in the show that I’ve set in a testing context and will present in a humorous way. Now, while based on House of Cards, I firmly believe that these are practices that are important to any modern tester.

The talk should be lighthearted and entertaining, despite addressing some real testing principals that everyone should remember. Having seen the show is not a requirement, but might make it even more entertaining.