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Revolution in Software Testin
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Summary

My intent in this talk is to challenge an orthodoxy in testing, a set of
commonly accepted assumptions about our mission, skills, and
constraints, including plenty that seemed good to me when I published
them in 1988, 1993 or 2001.

Surprisingly, some of the old notions lost popularity in the 1990\u2019s but
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I propose we embrace the idea that testing is an active, skilled technical
investigation. Competent testers are investigators\u2014clever, sometimes
m is c h ie v o u s r e s e a r c h e r s
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a c t iv e le a r n e r s w h o d ig u p in fo r m a t io n a b o u t
m is c h ie v o u s r e s e a r c h e r s
a c t iv e le a r n e r s w h o d ig u p in fo r m a t io n a b o u t

a product or process just as that information is needed.
I think that
\u2022 views of testing that don\u2019t portray testing this way are obsolete and

counterproductive for most contexts and
\u2022 educational resources for testin
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that don\u2019t foster these skills and
Ongoing Revolution\u2014October 2007
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activities are misdirected and misleading.
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Old Views
Many years ago, the software development community formed a
model for the software testing effort. As I interacted with it from
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