Testing Your Metal: Parallels between Testing and Heavy Metal Music

Paul Grizzaffi

A self-proclaimed rock-a-holic, Paul Grizzaffi is greatly affected by music and quite the aficionado of heavy metal. Not only does he love music, he’s also an expert in testing and automation. The phrase “test your mettle” means to test one’s strength of spirit, what one is prepared to endure. In both testing and automation development, we often are tested by suboptimal situations and difficult challenges—unrealistic expectations, resistance to change, and the insistence that all existing test cases must be automated. In coping with challenges, many people find solace in listening to and playing music. Music, specifically titles and lyrics, can be thought provoking, motivating, and may hold answers to our difficulties. Join Paul on a tour of some impactful lyrics that contain memorable messages about testing and automation. Come and learn the parallels in the lyrics The media sells it, and you live the role; Savior to my own, devil to some; and I don’t intend to offend. I just offend with my intent .

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About the Presenter

Paul Grizzaffi is a principal automation architect at Magenic. His career focus has been on the creation and deployment of automated test strategies, frameworks, tools, and platforms. Paul has created automation platforms and tool frameworks based on proprietary, open source, and vendor-supplied tool chains in diverse product environments of telecom, stock trading, e-commerce, and healthcare. A Certified ScrumMaster, he is on the Industry Advisory Board of the Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance at UT Dallas. Contact Paul via LinkedIn or Twitter and read his blog.

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