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Testing: Software Development Catalyst

Testing is not an isolated activity. It interacts with and influences other disciplines in software development such as design, coding, release management, and deployment. As testers, our skills and experiences add value far beyond the immediate context of verifying functionality. Threats to value other than software errors exist.

Yet our discussions are often constrained to the testing space, omitting the connections to, and dependencies on, other roles and activities. Testing is an integral discipline of software development, and often plays an active and important role in bridging gaps between technical and business-focused roles, between leaders and engineers, and between makers and users.

How does the testing piece fit into the software development puzzle? How does – and how should – testing interact with other disciplines in software development? How can we most effectively add value to the software development projects we participate in?

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Josh Gibbs

San Antonio
Josh Gibbs is a security tester at Rackspace. He saw the need for modern application security while building network security monitoring systems for banks. The challenge of defending applications from complex, distributed attacks was all it took for him to make the jump to software development. You could say testing found Josh, and as he studied it, he learned he was always a tester but had never recognized his work as testing. Because of this, Josh strives to show everyone how they can be part of testing and learn to test better.