What is important? Rikard Edgren
How do you find out what is important, in your specific situation?
I think it is the essential problem for all activities with complexity.
I think it is impossible to do really good software testing without the ability to dismiss things as not important, and dig deeper for matters that are important (I believe it’s the same for cooking a meal, or raising a child.)
I don’t think you can sample appropriately unless you know a lot more than the requirements.
I think we need better understanding and models for this, if we are to persuade those that want to govern by number; they aren’t hitting the crucial things.
It doesn’t seem like pointing to intuition and subjectivity is enough, but I haven’t reached further than this:
Either you know what is important (when you see it), or you don’t.
So the more knowledge you have about things that matter, the better suited are you to find important quality-related information; some as planned, some by serendipity.
So the key is to learn a lot, from a variety of sources.
I obviously need help on this one…