Humpty Dumpty – “a tale of risk and … other stuff”

Humpty Dumpty sat high on the wall,

The plan having him sit there, ever so tall

The tester frowned and said “The slightest fumble

will surely send poor Humpty into a fatal tumble”

His risk was poo poo’d,

So show them the danger of falling he would,

Up high, and high up, the wall he scaled,

And all his dropped watermelons’ landings failed

So Humpty Dumpty was firmly secured to the wall,

And the tester said “That will not do at all”

Said Humpty Dumpty, “Ropes and chains hold me fast”

But dear reader, under extreme water and heat – could they possibly last?

The tester’s automated rain came first,

The ropes grew weak and the chains did rust,

And under the stress of some extreme burst of heat

The ropes did break, and yes, the chains did bust

And Humpty Dumpty, he began to sway,

But his risk had been mitigated and managed away

So when he fell, as he surely must

There was no plan for the event, and thus…

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

There were screams of woe from almost all

And all the kings horses and all the kings men

could not put Humpty Dumpty together again

I think that the moral of the tale is clear to all,

“Listen to your tester – or head for a fall”

In war, as in projects, every tester knows

When push comes to shove, anyone anything goes.

… And lest you children leave this tale crying,

for it would be too sad to see Humpty dying,

this is not where we leave this little ditty,

no tears, no sniffles, no sadness, and no pity

For our tale it has a happy end,

Old Humpty was patched, as if to mend,

And Like all good IT projects, this was seen as success,

Not quite his old self but… he sits so high up, no-one suspects

He’ll be upgraded soon, though, to Humpty mark two

Using Java, TDD and dev methods new,

And testers will raise the risks, that they view

And when no-one takes heed, well what can they do?

They could sit back, and relax, and say “I told you so”

But why? When risk can be used to manifest woe,

So I say unto you “Let imagination rip and let go,

and lo you my droogies make it real horror show.”


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