Sunday, October 13, 2019

How dare you, Lambretta?

Usually I am testing software, but today, I enjoyed a 15 minute test ride on a brand-new Lambretta and
I decided to add my personal results to my cartoon blog even though this blog is mainly for software testing.

My goal today was to check-out whether the Lambretta revival V-Special is an interesting alternative
to my beloved but seriously broken Vespa. I've read the Lambretta advertisement in the news. I checked many pictures and it made me curious. The longer I googled the more excited I got, and I also checked the price which seemed reasonable to me.

The positive things I noted, was the quiet motor and the firm road holding at the speed of 80km/h. Something I wasn't used to my current Vespa. Also the design of the new Lambretta is great and contains so much of the Sixties. There is also space for the helmet under the seat which is cool.
However, less joyful is the fact, that almost everything is made out of plastic. Would have been great if at least the wings could have been made out of solid metal. If you carry a passenger, the wing will be full of scratches shortly.
I understand, in order to save fuel, you need to consider weight, but a little less of elastic material is desirable.

While on the test ride, I realized the slightly oversized LCD monitor just below the small analog speedo. Unfortunately, the LCD is so big that you can hardly read your speed in the analog display which I think is kind of dangerous, because you spend too much time looking for the needle; time that may be needed elsewhere.

Overall it looks really nice. The designers did a great job keeping as much of the Sixties as possible. It didn't work out for the mounting actually and the plastic, unfortuantely, is a disappointement. I really hope they are going to change that soon.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

He just knew too much

THE DAILY BUG. "A software tester was found dead due to an overdose of drugs yesterday evening at his home in lower Manhattan, New York. His body was discovered before dawn on Sunday, October 5. He was a professional software tester and known for his strategies in spotting even hard to find bugs. An interviewed friend on site believes, he was murdered. "The tester was threatened several times by suspicious phone calls", he said. The police states they have found traces left by ugly critters at the crime scene. The police also stated, the main suspect was identified as Dendro Ponderosa, a modified name which has its roots in the Latin name Dendroctonus ponderosae, a mountain pine beetle and a remote relative of Dendro. The police published an appropriate mug shot of the suspect."
Reported by Formica Rufa

Saturday, October 5, 2019

BETA Test at Green Galactica

One day the PL asked me to provide a checklist with the most important acceptance criteria and which served as checkpoints to enter the next phase of the project.The list was then extended with a few more items by the PL and PO themselves.When the date came close someone worked on the list and started to add an extra attribute for all checklist items to lessen certain acceptance criteria. When I realized the majority of the checklist items were reset to "NICE-TO-HAVE", I insisted to remove that new classification. Most of the items now classified as NICE-TO-HAVE were a clear NOGOs (look at the cartoon), but it seemed the editor started to realize one is not going to achieve a big set of these topics. My concern was that if something is labeled NICE-TO-HAVE the team wouldn't even start trying to work on the topic. What we then all agreed to made more sense: We kept the list as is and instead on D-DAY went through all topics together and discussed the current state of each acceptance criteria. We then decided whether or not we could still continue under this or that particular condition.