Don’t put
me in a box

Seems that
the hot topic this year is soft skills, something that I emphasize!

talks about not limiting our self by a title, for instance “tester”.

It was a
very inspiring talk with examples of his life experience on how he went outside
the box, and to do something different
he had no supporting slides :o) – just a man on a stage with a microphone!

He gave us
a lot of different examples. One of them was from Special Forces. He told how
he went through a course on how to enter a house in a hostage situation. 5
persons were needed; one to break down (or just open) the door, two to make a
first entry and secure the room and two to backup/support from behind. Once in
a room they would re-group so that everyone was back in their position before entering
the next room. This made the 2 persons in front most in risk of getting hit
during entry, and the specialist for opening doors was essential. Now, it took
some time to re-group and by doing so they might lose their momentum and an
enemy would have time to take countermeasures. A way of mitigating that was to
change how they entered a house in a possible hostage situation. They learned
the READ system (reading the situation in order to know how to act!). Still 5
persons going in, but once through the first door, which was most likely to be
the one that needed a specialist for blowing it up or opening it otherwise, the
first two persons who reached the next door would now be the once to open it
and make the first entry and the remaining team would support. By doing so, the
roles changed all the time, so they would have to adapt.

Does it
sound familiar? Sounds almost like agile, doesn’t it?

also referred to LEAN, especially the Waste types. And not to the 7 types of
waste, no, to the 8 types of waste!! Yes, and number 8 is important: “Skills – Underutilizing capabilities, delegating tasks
with inadequate training”.

How can that be put into
context of adapting your role? It simply means that even though you have an
area of expertise it doesn’t mean that you don’t have other areas of knowledge
that can add value whenever your expertise isn’t of use. On the other hand, do
not waste time by working on tasks for which you have no skills unless no other
persons with that specific skill available.

-You are a Terminator, right?
-Yes. Cyberdyne Systems, Model 101
-… you’re like a machine underneath,
right? But sort of alive outside?
-I’m a cybernetic organism. Living
tissue over a metal endoskeleton.

Science fiction? Yes! Impossible to
think of? No!

Referring back to the keynote by Lisa
and Janet Tuesday morning; They came on the scene with a presentation about the
future, dressed up like Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock from the original Star Trek
series first aired back in 1966 – that’s now 50 years ago. Back then, the
technology in Star Trek was amazing, it was so unreal. But is it? It was, for
sure, but actually it is basically just the transporter (you know; “Beam me up,
Scotty!) that is unreal today. Most of the devices have been superseded by
the current technology!

That is one of the
points in the talk by Daniël Maslyn (last year
did the famous “wrote my presentation on hotel stationary last night, took
pictures of it with my cellphone and put it in PowerPoint” presentation).

Daniël’s talk; “We are the robots; Agile Testing for future robots”
had a lot of cool references to Blade Runner (in the Directors Cut Version
there is a unicorn appearing).

The reason for this is
also the fact that the future (Blade Runner is supposed to reflect the world
anno 2019) may not be that far away. Different people are construction
autonomous robots, are constructing parts for them, for instance eyes that we
do today, not for robots, but as spare parts for humans.

And this poses a
challenge in testing. These spare parts and robots are becoming increasingly
complex, and most of them must be tested in the live, they cannot be simulated!
Of cause you can do some testing on the software and hardware devices
individually, but only when put together you’ll get the real result!

One of the tests natural
to run on robots is the Turing test. For those who don’t know the Turing test it is a test of a
machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or
indistinguishable from, that of a human (definition from;

Now are we at a point
where the Turing test is needed? Maybe not, but we are getting there.

That’s it for the
highlights. The rest of day 3 was dedicated to CAT Trainer Day.

I really hope to be back
next year for Agile Testing Days in Potsdam :o)