Very Short Blog Posts (11): Passing Test Cases

Testing is not about making sure that test cases pass. It’s about using any means to find problems that harm or annoy people. Testing involves far more than checking to see that the program returns a functionally correct result from a calculation. Testing means putting something to the test, investigating and learning about it through experimentation, interaction, and challenge. Yes, tools may help in important ways, but the point is … Read more

The Pause

I would like to remind people involved in testing that—after an engaged brain—one of our most useful testing tools is… the pause. A pause is precisely the effect delivered by the application of four little words: Huh? Really? And? So? Each word prompts a pause, a little breathing space in which questions oriented towards critical thinking have time to come to mind. Wait…huh? Did I hear that properly? Does it … Read more

Very Short Blog Posts (10): Planning and Preparation

A plan is not a document. A plan is a set of ideas that may be represented by a document or by other kinds of artifacts. In Rapid Testing, we emphasize preparing your mind, your skills, and your tools, and sharpening them all as you go. We don’t reject planning, but we de-emphasize it in favour of preparation. We also recommend that you keep the artifacts that represent your plans … Read more

Evaluating Testing: The Qualitative Way

Evaluating Testing: The Qualitative Way | Michael Bolton | STAREAST

For years, testers and managers alike have wrestled with the problem of evaluating software products and testing efforts, often using approaches derived from manufacturing, construction, and physical sciences. These approaches have been only partially successful because software products aren’t physical products. Rather, software is part of a complex web of relationships among programs, computing equipment, networks, and, most importantly, people.

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Not-So-Great Expectations

In my teaching and consulting work, I often ask people how they recognize a problem, and they often offer “inconsistency with expectations” as one way to do it. I agree, but I also think we should be careful to think things through. A product that fulfills our expectations may not be satisfying, and a product that violates our expectations may be terrific. Several years ago, I bought a new computer … Read more