Testability: ‘Black Box’ required for ‘Black Box’ testing

Can’t see the forest for the trees   Thought “We don’t have runway left,” said his co-pilot HS Ahluwalia – the last thing recorded in the cockpit. The plane then plunged into a forested gorge and was engulfed in flames. Black box only helped unravel the truth that captain ignored co-pilot’s plea to abort landing…

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Testing a product….Just like movies

I am not a movie buff but i have no shame in admitting that movies do inspire me. I learn a lot from movies. Most of the movies (good or bad) carry some lessons which are so very applicable to our personal as well as professional life. Lately I was thinking that there is a…

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A software testing stage act (funny) – written and directed by yours truly :)

I would be lying if I say I always wanted to do this and as far as i can remember, i was never known for participating in any extra-curricular activities, leave alone  plays or stage acts. Lately it somewhere started to grow on me as I started watching (and appreciating) movies and more importantly when…

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Bhopal’s man-made disaster (Testing Tragedies #2: Learning from past)

Bhopal’s gad tragedy is one of the most sad example of ‘things-went-wrong’ due to human negligence. We primarily blame the company, the management (& rightly so) but one thing we often overlook is that other than human error it is the system (machines) that failed us too. If the quality was given its due importance,…

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Life Saver or Life Taker ? (Therac-25) – Impact of poor testing (Testing Tragedies #1: Learning from past)

This blog is for everyone who wants to know how software testing job touches human lives and why defects in applications such as healthcare cant be ignored. History: The Therac-25 was a radiation therapy machine produced by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) It was involved with at least six accidents between 1985 and 1987,…

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Correlation between Cyclometric Complexity & Code Coverage while doing White box testing

If you are among those testers (or developers) who have often wondered how cyclometric complexity can practically help me achieve higher code coverage and uncovering max number of bugs by executing minimum no. of unit test then please read on. I have tried to take a very simple example and have focussed on explaining the…

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Do you have it in you? Technical skills are no more OPTIONAL skills for Software Testing

  Words of Caution: When i say “Technical skills”  please don’t confuse it with “Test Automation” knowledge only. It more and the less has become a standard in the industry to presume that knowing QTP or RFT is same as having technical skills. To start with, for a tester to be successful following are the…

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