Today I uploaded the PDF of my Bits & Chips Column. In this edition of the column I compare the way we perform Risk Analysis in IT and in the petrochemical industry. As I state in the column, in the petrochemical industry the impacts of risks are far more tangible than IT. Image a chemical plant out of control. We are confronted with explosions, health risks for the operators, etc. Would we do a different risk analyses if our software could explode?
In the column I give some reasons of why Testers hardly ever do a FMEA.
If we did an extensive risk analyses, it would learn is the product is complex and timelines are unrealistic. We would also be obliged to prove to the stakeholders that we mitigated all identified risks. I am afraid that this is beyond our skills.
The column can be read in Dutch. The English translation will no doubt come to live later this year (A warm hearted sorry to the non-Dutch speakers)