"Busieness Process Testing" - new article soon in "Professional Tester"
Fin de siècle and software testing
At the end of the 20th century,
a phenomenon occurred, that influenced testing profoundly: the
emergence of Internet technologies, which made dramatically novel
business approaches possible.
1. On one hand, this created the situation, where rapidly
changing requirements demanded shorter product life-cycles, and were
often incompatible with traditional methods of software development.
This meant the advent of XP and, to some extent, exploratory alias
context-driven, alias rapid testing
2. On the other hand, the enormous business
potential offered by the new technologies created demand for tools
enabling you to describe, optimize, automate or even obliterate and
replace , business processes accurately, flexibly and fast. This demand
created new, more powerful process modelling methods, including BPMN.
were two surprisingly divergent trends: more discipline in business
processes, but the opposite – more laissez-faire - in software
development and testing.
Bosses, and older testers who has advanced to become bosses, get
certified in ITIL / PMI / IPMA / IIBA / COBIT / BPM and forget testing,
because it is hardly mentioned there – just like it was 40 years ago.
Testing, instead of becoming, together with requirements engineering,
part of the duopoly of power in IT projects, is still kept in power
antechamber, and relegated to “maven + jbehave + PageObject + Selenium”
Business process testing may change this.