Creative Software Testing in Agile Environments | Iain McCowatt

And here we have it… the final installment of the Creativity in Testing series.

The last interview in the series is with none other than Iain McCowatt, Director at Barclays. With more than 20 years of software testing experience and a strong presence in the testing community, Mr. McCowatt was the perfect candidate to provide quality insight and clarification to my questions about creativity and how Agile thinking can impact creativity.

Iain started by explaining that one of the primary tasks of the tester is deciding what to test—in other words, finding out what is of value and why it's important. Often, a creative mindset is the only way you can come to a sound conclusion, as the correct answers will be hidden differently with each given project.

As for time constraints and their effects on creativity, Mr. McCowatt agrees that, yes, they do impact creativity. There is less time to test when your organization is more iterative, so that's only natural. However, shorter iterations are still the better option compared to the death march of a waterfall approach to development and testing.

See the video below to get Iain McCowatt’s take on creativity in testing in his own words.


Now we’d like to hear from all of you out there. Drop a line in the comment section below and let us know how creativity is important in your testing or development process.

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