“Shift Left or Squish Right—Testing in a Shifting World”—a track talk at the Øredev Developer Conference in Malmö, Sweden.
It’s easy to talk about shifting left, but this brings testing into the world of the programmer, and programmers generally won’t stop coding to spend days developing and performing deep testing. What they mean by “testing” is relatively simple output checking. That’s important work, but it’s not the same as a deep investigation of the product for problems that thwart the needs and desires of the people using it.
Deep testing may never happen in a shift-left regime, which then forces testing work to the right — into the world of production and users. We call that “squish left and right,” which means that there is pressure not to allow testers to perform a competent test process. How do we resist this pressure? How do we advocate for the kind of testing that reveals problems that matter? What might get lost in transformation?
In this presentation, Michael Bolton will share the Rapid Software Testing perspective on testing in a DevOps context. He’ll show how to see the value of DevOps practices from a new perspective that honours both checking the build and testing the product.
Øredev Developer Conference
Malmö Mässan, Exhibition & Conference Center