Reply to post: Plenty of excellent comments here...but....

What bugs me the most? World+dog just accepts crap software resilience

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Plenty of excellent comments here...but....

....no one mentioned "agile".

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Once upon a time we had some sort of formal "requirements document". I know all the drawbacks about this....but at least there was something in place against which to write an exhaustive test plan.

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Then we got to the idea that we WOULDN'T BOTHER WITH initial requirements. In its place there would be some ever-changing set of "user stories" which would comprise the "product backlog". And this means that testing can only be done one "user story" at a time. What happens a year later when "user story 999" conflicts with "user story 99"?.......no one has the fogiest idea.

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And each "user story" now gets deployed ("continuous development", "devops").....and users in production get to find out that there might just be an issue. And this happens because the developers -- even if they wanted one!!! -- don't have a comprehensive test plan.

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Of course the "product manager" is a representative of the user community though this process....so anything that goes wrong in production MUST BE THE USER'S FAULT. Brilliant.......no one at all is responsible for quality.....not least because without a comprehensive test plan, there's NO DEFINITION of quality.

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Oh dear!

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