Christmas is almost here and I'm feeling all Christmasy! People start to wind down, christmas lights spread calm ambience, the smell of hyacinths and swastika pastries fill the air... This is my 36th Christmas and I'm still getting my kicks out of it. I love joining with my friends and family, talking with them in peace, having nice meals with them, enjoying few cold ones in sauna with them, and ultimately just being with them longer than just the short weekend. It's safe to say I love Christmas.
Christmas presents lead us to our topic of the day: Christmas arithmetics.
"What is this nonsense", you might ask. Well, those who know me know that I hate the idea of counting test cases. So much for the Christmas spirit, right? ;) I know some of you count test cases like hell, but let me tell you something; That's a waste of time. The idea of counting things is based on the fact that these things should be equal. 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 is a viable example of this. If you apply some tolerance you might count apples: apple + apple + apple = 3 apples. More tolerance allows you to count cars: car + car + car = 3 cars. This is basic stuff taught in kindergarten.
|1, 2... um... twelve?|
Simpler way to put it; Counting test cases is like counting Christmas presents. On kindergarten level you can count them even though they are different sizes and shapes, even though some are hard or soft or even though some are wrapped in pink Star Trek paper (I like Star Wars, remember ;). When you start opening them, arithmetics go out the window. A moment ago your sister gloated with her twenty presents, but as you reveal your Lego Death Star, she starts cursing on her twenty pairs of wool socks... ;)
I have to share this... My mom got the flu couple of weeks ago. Despite of that she went to shop for Christmas and asked me what I'd want from Santa. I told: "My mom to be healthy. Stop shopping and rest!" She said that me saying that was the best Christmas present. *heart*
Long story short; When it comes to counting test cases or Christmas presents, don't do it. Time and money spent on that goes to waste. A project manager, steering group or contract may require you to do so, which means that decisions are not based on relevant information. You can either play ball or educate your stakeholders. I you choose the latter, I will gladly help you.
But not until 2014. ;)
Now it's time to enjoy the company of our loved ones. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!