Assessing Tester Performance

Using context-free software product measures as personal performance indicators (KPI) is about as silly as pet rocks! Periodically a discussion of assessing tester performance surfaces on various discussion groups. Some people offer advice such as counting bugs (or some derivation thereof), number of tests written in x amount of time, number of tests executed, %…

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"Good enough" is not good enough!

This week I came across a discussion [regarding test design] in which a tester wrote, “…the main goal is having something that is ‘good enough’.” Every time I hear a tester utter the phrase “good enough” my head wants to explode! Wrapping duct tape around a splint on the broken handle on my hoe is good…

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Look below the UI for more effective and robust UI automated test case designs

Last month I wrote about simplistic views of UI test automation in which some people want to pretend that recording for playback or scripting hard-coded actions and data to mimic some human’s interactions at the keyboard is an automated test. Balderdash! Automating a set of sequences or preconceived steps simply for the sake of automating…

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