How to End Wars Between Testers and Programmers
Subject:   And this has what to do with Macs?
Date:   2005-07-10 11:06:03
From:   macartisan
Response to: And this has what to do with Macs?

Although it is an interesting subject, I cannot stop myself from thinking why the article was published on MacDevCenter, O'Reilly has a broad portfolio of sites in the O'ReillyNet, surely this belongs somewhere else?"

  • Have we as Mac developers, testers or designers been sprinkled with some kind of Magic Immunity Dust?
  • Are our projects never susceptible to shortsightedness and petty squabbling?
  • Do our applications grow magically out of the ground without error?

The plain fact of the matter is that creating software is a human activity, and gaining a few insights into how groups of humans interact will help you create better software on any platform.

More broadly, rejecting advice that doesn't apply to you today is a good way to run into trouble tomorrow. A programmer or tester who isn't interested in leading a big project -- becoming a project manager, in other words -- is always going to be dancing to someone else's tune.