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Cristian Medina
Cristian Medina

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Engineering the Tests that Matter

Going beyond the checkbox

As I sit in my standard issued cubicle, going through a typical test results report from the typical external test shop, I begin to shake my head in disgust.

I’m looking at a spreadsheet with endless rows and columns that associate a thumbs up / thumbs down with each one-liner that’s supposed to describe the test that executed.

What does all of this mean? Does that mean the test completed? Aborted? What does a thumbs up mean if a high priority issue was logged against it? Wait! If I read through this issue, the comments trail indicates that the test itself β€” not the item being tested β€” was modified to get a passing result! What is all this? Does any of it actually imply any type of quality level in the product that I’m testing?

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