TESTING, THE NEXT LEVEL
7 AUGUSTUS 2008
This reﬂects my thoughts on where we are in testing. The basic instructions have been deﬁned anddocumented and we are being guided by them while running through our boot camp for testers. Noproblem to be seen here. For most of the situations that we encounter, we try to adopt the basicinstructions in order to move on to the next step. Problem is of course that we run into challenges thatare not basic and therefore cannot be solved by applying the basic rules as such.Let’s refer to the computer games again. During the practice level, you were told how to lookaround the corner, how to open a door and how to activate a switch, all in separate actions. During thefollowing levels, you will be expected to open a door while looking around the corner in order to activatea switch. You need to combine solutions and instructions. In other words, we need to challenge theprovided solutions and instructions in order to face the situations we encounter in the next levels.
CHALLENGES IN SOFTWARE TESTING
Of course, it’s possible to challenge a lot of testing models, methodologies principles and aspects. Ipicked the most relevant in my current situation for this white paper.USE THE V
MODEL INSTEAD OF APPLYING IT The V
Model is currently taken for granted by most of us. We are practically born and raised in thetesting world using this model. But is it always appropriate for us? Can we always apply it in our daily situation?
If not, we can do two things. We can either just ignore the principles and ‘just test’. Or wecan challenge the V
Model as it is currently presented, without changing the basic principles. We canadapt it to our concrete situation. During the last few years, I’ve seen many exotic variances against theoriginal V
Model, but I’ve seen even more test organizations give up on using it since the original for isnot the one they can use. This is how we currently know the V
based on TMapNext.
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