I’m always looking for ways to relate the testing craft to certain things that I’ve done in the past, this is mainly due to basically stumbling into the testing world from somewhere completely random like the British Army Infantry. These two worlds are polar opposites and so different in so many ways….but are they?!
I’ve had a idea in my mind for a while now about writing a series of posts on how I think these two things relate – I did a little research into the topic to see if anyone else had attempted to make this connection and I came across this talk by Benjamin Yaroch. He gave an “Emerging Topics” talk at CAST back in 2011, entitled “Applying Military Concepts to Testing to Help Cope With Change and be a Better Leader” – It’s a great talk and well worth watching, if you have not done so already. His research was gained in part from his Brother, who was in the Air Force for a number of years and also from reading various Military documentation.
He started to look into patrols:
- How they worked?
- What they did when going into an area?
- How they found information?
- Pre planing
- Equipment Preparation
- Area brief
- Threat Brief and Current Vulnerabilities
- Initial Contact/Full Contact Report
- Outside Resources Available
- Actions on
- Regular HQ Updates
Hi Danny, I can hear you.
Software testing might be a new job, as old as coding development is, but I also think that we can learn a lot from older professions that have been around for centuries like doctors and soldiers.
So yeah, you sure got learnings to share, and I will be one of the listeners, keep on!
I am all over this. Very eager to see more!
Thank you. Great response so far – really need to do it justice. Loads of ideas in my mind that I need to keep writing down.
Great to see you getting started on blogging about this Danny! I’m looking forward to reading more over the next year. Oh and I need to get writing more too 😐
This is a really cool idea. I look forward to seeing what comes out of the exercise and will be sharing with our testing team, or should I say testing patrol!?