In general, I dislike analogies when it comes to testing. Anything that starts with “testing is like…” Specifically, I hate mountain climbing analogies. They are always used to represent achievement in the face of something daunting, and there’s always a chasm of some kind that you have to cross along the way. The analogy always breaks down because testing is a continuous activity; there is no “top,” no ultimate achievement that can’t be undone by something released tomorrow. I think this analogy is the opposite of how we should think about testing, so I’ve come up with an analogy that is both more apt and more generalizable: The Valley of Success.
In response to the questions people have asked me about my talk on The Hidden Costs of BDD Tools, I’ve created a couple dozen short videos. I’m going to tweet them out over the course of the next couple days with the hashtag #TitusOnBDD, and the videos will all be posted on my YouTube channel. If anyone wants to have a longer conversation about the topic, we can do that in the comments here.