Posts Tagged ‘subjectivity’

Observation and interpretation by proxies Henrik Emilsson 3 Comments

If you haven’t done it before, have a look at the Software Quality Characteristics that we published last year: TheTestEye – Software Quality Characteristics You can probably imagine ways of testing for all of these quality characteristics yourself, and you might even come up with good oracles that can assist you in the interpretation of the […]

My First Ambitious Test Project Rikard Edgren 3 Comments

We all test as children; we are curious and want to find things out, before we are one year old we want to break things, and after three we ask “What If” questions. My first ambitious testing journey came many years later. Still a naive teenager, I started studying Philosophy at the university. It was […]

Ignoratio elenchi Henrik Emilsson 6 Comments

“Wouldn’t it be cool if we could come up with a Quality Value for our products?”  said a colleague of mine. ”Yes! That would be super!” me and a couple of colleagues answered. We had a lot of categories and data in our bug system; and perhaps most important was that we had a good data […]

The Quality Status Reporting Fallacy Henrik Emilsson 4 Comments

A couple of weeks ago I had a discussion with someone that claimed that testers should (and could) report on quality. And especially he promoted the GQM-approach and how this could be designed to report the quality status. When I asked how that person defined quality, he pointed to ISO 9000:2000 which define quality as […]

YouTube Premiere! Rikard Edgren 2 Comments

At EuroStar 2008 I presented Testing is an Island – A Software Testing Dystopia. Fritz shot the pictures, Henrik wrote the music, and I uploaded it on YouTube: The accompanying paper can be found at http://www.thetesteye.com/papers/redgren_testingisanisland.doc

Multidimensional Subjectivity in Software Testing Henrik Emilsson 8 Comments

I use Jerry Weinberg’s definition of quality: “Quality is value to some person”; and I use Cem Kaner’s extension to the definition so that it becomes “Quality is value to some person (that matters)”… I.e. quality is inherently subjective. And there are a lot of persons that are affected by software that we produce… With this in […]

A Software Testing Dystopia Rikard Edgren No Comments

At EuroSTAR 2008 in Haag I will present “Testing is an Island – A Software Testing Dystopia”. The paper can be downloaded at http://www.thetesteye.com/papers/redgren_testingisanisland.doc The inspiration was the theme of the conference: “the future of software testing”; and I couldn’t stop seeing a very boring profession, where numbers and so-called objectivity is more important than people […]