Role in Company: Head of Testing
Country: United Kingdom
2. Explore ideas
3. Stay humble
My name is James Thomas, and I’m a semanticoholic.
Elisabeth Hendrickson’s book, Explore It!, contains this definition: “Tested = Checked + Explored”. When I read it, I was fascinated. “What does that mean?”, I asked myself, “what does it /really/ mean?”
This talk will describe the journey I undertook to understand it, and other definitions of testing that I found along the way, and then to come up with a new definition that filled the gaps I saw in the others, without losing the aspects of them that I felt were valid and useful.
Essentially, I formalised what testing is for me. And, now that I have my definition, I can ask myself in any given situation whether my actions are consistent with the way I believe I want to behave.
This session is one of three stories presented by three different people in a storytelling track.