David Graeber, anthropology & testing

David Graeber is an anthropologist who has written some fascinating material that is relevant to the way testers have to work in large organisations. His writing has prompted me to write two articles. The first is “Frozen in time – grammar and testing standards“, in which I discuss the similarity between grammar textbooks and standards, which both codify old usages and practices that no longer match the modern world.

The second is essentially a review of Graeber’s book “The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy” from the perspective of software testing. Graeber’s arguments about bureaucracy explain many of the problems that testers have to deal with.