If you sat through a set of business management classes, chances are you've heard your teacher joke about quadrants being *the* model. I didn't get the joke back then, but it is kind of hilarious now how the humankind puts everything in two dimensions and works on everything based on that.
The quadrants popularized for Gartner in market research are famous enough to hold the title "magic" and have their own Wikipedia page.
Some of my favorite ways to talk about management like Kim Scott's Radical Candor are founded on a quadrants model.
The field of testing - Agile Testing in particular - has created it's own popular quadrant model, the Agile Testing Quadrants.
Here's the thing: I believe agile testing quadrants is a particularly bad model. It's created by great people but it gives me grief:
- It does not fit into either of the two canonical quadrant model types of "move up and right" or "balance".
- It misplaces exploratory testing in a significant way