I was a speaker at a testing conference last week. A lot of the conversations were about the divide that exists between QA and the rest of development. I guess that this is to be expected in a traditional “throw software over the wall to QA” project, but I am surprised on how often it is an issue in experienced agile shops.
TDD, BDD and continuous integration are all pretty worthless as long as there is an adversarial relationship between QA and the rest of development. As many times that we say that quality is everyone’s job and not just QA’s problem, we still seem to have a “QA vs. Development” mindset.
I spent a day in Boston this weekend touring the sailing ships that were there to commemorate the war of 1812. During that war, Admiral Perry famously sent a message to headquarters that “We have met the enemy and they are ours” after the battle of lake Erie. In the war between development and QA a common parody of Perry’s quote is more appropriate: “We have met the enemy and they are us!”
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