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Colossal testing oversights

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on October 21, 2008

From Info World

The trick to nipping IT miscues is testing, testing, testing, as these hard-luck lessons in boneheaded quality assurance attest. What do you get when you add the human propensity to screw stuff up to the building of large-scale IT systems? What the military calls the force-multiplier effect — and the need for a cadre of top-notch QA engineers.

After all, if left unchecked, one person’s slip of the mouse can quickly turn into weeks of lost work, months of missing e-mails, or, in the worst cases, whole companies going bankrupt. And with IT infused in every aspect of business, doesn’t it pay to take quality assurance seriously?

Let’s face it. Everybody makes mistakes. Users, managers, admins — no one is immune to the colossally stupid IT miscue now and again. But when a fat-fingered script or a poor security practice goes unnoticed all the way through development and into production, the unsung heroes of IT, the QA engineers, take a very embarrassing center stage.

It may seem cliché, but your IT development chain is only as strong as its weakest link. You better hope that weakest link isn’t your QA team, as these five colossal testing oversights attest.

Assurance Quality Software Testing

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