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A question of software testing

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on May 16, 2008

From CIO

Question #3: Are test cases comprehensive and repeatable; are they executed in a controlled environment?

You’re really asking: Is testing ad hoc or disciplined?

You’re trying to determine: If testing is effective.

Interpreting the response: There should be a set of repeatable test cases and a controlled test environment where the state of the software being tested and the test data are always known. Without these, it will be difficult to discern true software defects from false alarms caused by flawed test practices.

A related symptom to check: If temporary testers are conscripted from other parts of the organization to “hammer” the software without using formal test cases, it means the organization is reacting to poor testing by adding resources to collapse the test time, rather than addressing the problem’s root causes.

Customer experience testing

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