My latest column...
Periodically, discussions break out in various software testing
communities around the Web regarding the schools of software testing.
As I write this, there are discussions going in SQAForums, on the
Software-Testing Yahoo! group, and various blogs that (at least up to
the time I started writing this piece) reside on or are fed to Testing
Reflections. In principle, I'm always pleased when these discussions
break out. The point of identifying the schools in the first place was
to increase the overall awareness of the diversity in ideologies,
practices, and values (i.e. schools of thought) in our field and to
stimulate discussion about the situational pros and cons of each. That
said, the discussions that actually take place tend to drift off in one
or more directions that end up being disappointing, unnecessarily
confrontational, and generally not useful.
After witnessing this pattern, participating in these recent
discussions, and listening to comments from those who followed the
discussions for several years, I've identified several areas in which
these discussions go awry. Below, I call those out and share my thoughts
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Chief Technologist, PerfTestPlus, Inc.
Co-Author, Performance Testing Guidance for Web Applications
Author, Web Load Testing for Dummies
Contributing Author, Beautiful Testing, and How To Reduce the Cost of Testing
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