in reply to Re^2: "Practices and Principles" to death
in thread "Practices and Principles" to death
All I was intending to reflect is that it seems that when it comes to testing, I see so much emphasis placed on things like metrics for metrics-sake, test suites that are "required" to be run even when the applications have long since outgrown the utility of those tests. But we are still required to do them because they are part of our policies that, themselves, never get questioned.
I agree. Many of the successful projects I've encountered regularly stop and ask themselves "Wait, is this thing we started to do a while back actually working? Is it helpful? Is it valuable?" If it's not, they stop doing it.
We should encourage people to reflect on their practices and their efficacy and to revise their processes based on that feedback.
I'm not sure bounding in like a bungee boss and saying "I'm here to challenge the status quo! The prevailing wisdom doesn't always work!" is the way to do that, which is why I responded to BrowserUk so strongly.