Book Review: "Dear Evil Tester"
If you are a tester, if you are a developer, if you just like really funny shit, you should read this book!
Dear Alan Richardson,
This book had me laughing at my desk and my coworkers wondering if I had gone around the bin. I was enchanted by the sarcasm and wit, but drawn to the practical advice you had in your answers given with the Evil Tester persona.
I have favorites that I go back to and read on really, really stressful days where I need a laugh. I also find myself in the essay section as well, reading some inspiring stuff. I think the essay which most inspired me was "Unconventional Influences". When I get bogged down in my own self-importance, I remember that in the grand scheme, it's all my own bullshit that is plaguing me. It's good to question things, but it's also good to be open to the answers you get from the questions. Your essay reminds me of this all the time. Influence can be a double-edged sword. Used for good, it can be an amazing tool. Used poorly, and you might cut off your own head in spite of yourself.
I also like the recommended reading section, though Alan, lets talk seriously. Let see some love for a couple of other books like: "Agile Testing" or "More Agile Testing" by Lisa Crispin and Janet Gregory. Or "Explore It!:Reduce Risk and Increase Confidence with Exploratory Testing" by Elizabeth Hendrickson. (Really, I mention those as a counter-point to the ones you referenced. I'm cool with the ones you have already. Honest!)
And because book reviews these days need to have some kind of ranking, I'll give your book four out of five emojis. (I would say 4.5 emojis but giving half emojis doesn't work, have you ever seen half an emoji? Also, the fifth emoji is reserved for something epic and just EPIC. If I ever give something five emojis, I probably sold my soul to it or they own this blog, whichever happens first.)
Mel The Tester