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eBook Surviving the Top Ten Challenges of Software Testing: A People-Oriented Approach ePub

by William E. Perry

  • ISBN: 0932633382
  • Category: Programming
  • Subcategory: Computers
  • Author: William E. Perry
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Dorset House (October 1, 1997)
  • Pages: 202
  • ePub book: 1193 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1790 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 701

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Software testers require people-oriented skills to survive what can often be a lose-lose relationship with developers and managers

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Authors Perry and Rice compile a "top ten" list of the challenges faced by testers and offer tactics for success

Authors Perry and Rice compile a "top ten" list of the challenges faced by testers and offer tactics for success. They combine their years of experience in developing testing processes, writing books and newsletters on testing, and teaching seminars on how to test. The challenges are addressed in light of the way testing fits into the context of software development and how testers can maximize their relationships with managers, developers, and customers

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Software testers require technical and political skills to survive what can often be a lose-lose relationship with developers and managers. Whether testing is your specialty or your stepping stone to a career as a developer, there's no better way to survive the pressures put on testers than to meet the ten challenges described in this practical handbook. The root cause of the tester's people challenge 4. The top ten people-related challenges 7. Road map through the book 11.

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Software testers require people-oriented skills to survive what can often be a lose-lose relationship with developers and managers. Surviving the Top Ten Challenges of Software Testing goes beyond the technical skillsets required for effective testing to address the political realities that can't be solved by technical knowledge alone.

Authors Perry and Rice compile a "top ten" list of the challenges faced by testers and offer tactics for success. The challenges illustrate the way testing fits into the context of software development and how testers can manage expectations and improve communication with managers, developers, and customers. The text features a self-assessment for testing skills and an action plan for improving the testing process.

Topics include training, acquiring management support, obtaining tools, communicating with customers, managing changing requirements, marketing the importance of testing, testing what's thrown over the wall, controlling the scope of testing, teaching developers to test, and handling the delicate situation of reporting defects.

The Top Ten People Challenges Facing Testers

Challenge #10: Getting Trained in Testing Challenge #9: Building Relationships with Developers Challenge #8: Testing Without Tools Challenge #7: Explaining Testing to Managers Challenge #6: Communicating with Customers -- And Users Challenge #5: Making Time for Testing Challenge #4: Testing What's Thrown Over the Wall Challenge #3: Hitting a Moving Target Challenge #2: Fighting a Lose-Lose Situation Challenge #1: Having to Say No

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Steep Steep
While looking through the Common Body of Knowledge for the CSTE Certification of QAI, I saw that this book was part of the suggested reading list.

It was written by William Perry and Randall Rice (both of whom I had read before, and both of whom work for QAI), so I thought I'd buy a copy and give it a shot.

It's not bad as far as listing testers' challenges, but for me, it doesn't do enough to indicate how to actually solve those challenges. I don't necessarily agree that these are the top ten challenges, nor that they are ordered correctly. But if I did, I'd want more practical help in solving them. Still, it's a good high-level overview of these solutions.

The book has a rather unusual format - each of the ten challenges is discussed in a chapter, using the same format for each chapter.

Here's an outline:
- Overview
- State of the Practice
- Impact on Testing
- Solutions to the Challenge
- Solution Impediments
- Guidelines for Success
- Plan of Action
Agalas Agalas
Note to self: check the publish date before buying any more books on software testing.

Generally, this book discusses issues and state-of-the-art capabilities that were typical in 1997. Very little of it is still applicable today, and the suggestions provided to solve issues are not earth-shattering. "Quantify the cost" and "get management buy-in" are essential steps not just for improving software testing in your organization, but of any type of improvement you want to make.

The authors' "State Of The Practice" section in each chapter is a fictional short story contrived to illustrate the worst possible situation for a test engineer. For that small group of companies still living in the dark ages of software engineering, these issues might occur in 2009. But, most organizations are at varying levels of greater emphasis and sophistication regarding testing at all phases of software development. Certainly more improvements can be made in our industry, but things aren't nearly as bad as the authors illustrate.

Finally, the authors are associated with ASQ, and their perspectives on software testing are thus limited. ASQ focuses on quality on a variety of fronts with respect to software engineering. Testing is one critical component of that, but the ASQ emphasis on testing is not as deep as that of ISTQB, for example.

I'd (marginally) recommend this book in 2009 and beyond if you're absolutely new to the world of software testing, and/or are working for a company that is, in fact, years behind the curve on this topic. Otherwise I'd recommend reading the various software testing magazines, attending StarEAST or StarWEST conferences, or otherwise using ISTQB as a resource for pure testing information.
Gorisar Gorisar
I was fortunate to find this book when researching best practices for software testing. It wasn't what I expected it to be and that was a good thing. I expected it to be more technical. The information regarding managing relationships between the testers and the developers was something I hadn't really considered when planning testing. Thank goodness the book contained many points in this area. As a result, we took a completely different tack than was planned and the testing is far more efficient and effective.
Gagas Gagas
i like it
Balhala Balhala
When this book was written software testing was starting to consolidate into an 'honorable' profession, and the number of good books about testing could be counted on your fingers (and probably a few toes). The discipline has matured into a profession, and there are so many excellent books on the subject now that it boggles my mind.
You'd think that the top ten challenges listed in this book would have been long ago resolved and replaced with a new set. Sadly, that isn't the case. Each challenge listed is as valid today as it was when this book was written, and except for #10 on the list (getting trained in testing), which has dramatically improved, the other nine are still there. Read the book. Take the advice of the two authors, both of whom are seasoned professionals who give the solutions to these challenges, and move the profession forward.
Here are the top five challenges that I see today, drawn from the list in the book:
#1 today, #6 in the book: Communicating with Customers -- And Users
#2 today, #3 in the book: Hitting a Moving Target
#3 today, #1 in the book: Having to Say No
#4 today, #4 in the book: Testing What's Thrown Over the Wall
#5 today, #2 in the book: Fighting a Lose-Lose Situation
Your order may be different, but I am willing to bet that the list will be the same. This book does give realistic solutions to these problems, so if you agree with the list, then you'll find this book valuable.
Mave Mave
This is an excellent review of the biggest recurring problems of the software testing world. As I read the descriptions of each of the 10 challenges, I was astonished at how many of the pitfalls I fall into on a regular basis. Perry & Rice don't just lay out what the challenges are - they also discuss how to meet each one. Each item on the list has its own chapter with sections on the impact on testing, solutions to the challenge, impediments to implementing the solutions, and helpful guidelines to creating a plan of action. This is without a doubt an excellent book for those of us in the trenches of software testing each day. (One bit of advice, though - if you're looking for a book on "how to do software testing", look elsewhere. Perry and Rice have other good books on the subject, but this one is really intended to help you step back from your daily testing work and see where you could improve on your approach to it.)