Available in the June 2008 issue of the AST Magazine.
… I always thought flying an airplane would be thrilling, until I began taking flying lessons. I quickly discovered that flying was, to paraphrase my flight instructor, long hours of boredom interspersed with brief moments of terror. I have found, over the course of my career, that there is a similar disparity between the perceptions and realities of software testing – those who do it have a very different understanding of the craft than those who merely observe it.
Interested in this topic, I asked the members of AST to Contribute common misperceptions about software testing. The results were diverse, interesting, and hotly debated. Here are a few of the many myths proposed by AST members…
- Testing is Easy
- Test Management = Test Scripts
- We Can Limit Change
- There are Best Practices
- Testing = Test Execution
- Test Design Must Happen Before Test Execution
- Testing is a Mechanical Task, Not a Learning Activity
- Testers Decide Whether Software Ships or Not