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Poor Comments in a Good Book
on December 25, 2001
This book contains a lot of good information especially for those further removed from the testing process. I'll let other reviews speak to these issues.
Unfortunately, the authors have polluted their work with politically correct opinions lightly sprinkled throughout the book. The most egregious example is in lesson number 235 on test team diversity.
After correctly pointing out the need for technical diversity and rewarding people based on results, the authors do a 180. Just after stating the dangers of racism, sexism and ageism, they authors engage in racist and sexist discrimination by bashing white males. They state that "...groups...dominated by white males...are particularly counter-productive in testing." Since testers (are supposed to) analyze things, and I'm a tester, let's analyze this statement.
If you're hiring white males just because they are white males and not for their technical ability, then you should expect problems. Ditto for any other race, gender (I'm waiting for this to encompass sexual orientation any day now) or age. In other words, this statement adds no value so why single out and bash white males, except to gain politically correct brownie points. You need to hire on diversity of skill, knowledge and experience, not race, gender or age.
Secondly, the authors imply that all white males think alike. I'm not sure how and where the authors were raised, but from my experience very few white males think alike. So this is defective thinking.
At least 2 of the 3 authors run their own companies. I wonder what their diversity distribution looks like? My guess: They probably have no employees, which may be viewed as "Do as I say, not as I do."
And for the height of hypocrisy, they should look in the mirror. All three authors are - you guessed it - white males. So while gender and racial diversity is good for your testing group, it's not necessary for writing a book on testing groups. The authors do not practice what they preach, another defect.
Don't let these ideological slips prevent you from buying and reading this book. It contains a lot of good information that is sure to surprise those not intimately familiar with software testing.
Notes: For those interested in fighting gender discrimination, see mensactivism.org
If you think that men (of any race) are given societal advantages, read "The Myth of Male Power" by Warren Farrell, Ph.D. You will quickly see that women are routinely given special privileges that men could only dream of having.