A book about software testing written by someone who actually understands software
testing. I consider Jerry to be the greatest living tester. Jerry tests everything.
Jerry tests me. . . . It's been forty-seven years since Weinberg first wrote on
software testing, and his ideas today are still ahead of their time. Read this
and get your head straight about testing."
James Bach, consulting software tester,
author of Lessons Learned
in Software Testing
"This concise and cogent book
-- a gift to testers -- explodes myths about what testing can and can't do.
We'll each want at least two copies -- one for our own bookshelves, and another
to hand to our clients so that they can better understand precisely how we can
-- Michael Bolton, tester,
trainer, and consultant,
"If the wiring in your brain
needs a better programming and testing, read this."
-- Pradeep Soundararajan, consulting tester,
author of Tester
"Perfect Software will be a tremendous
asset to anyone who tests software and keeps having to explain what testing can
and cannot do. Engagingly as always, Jerry Weinberg explains the essence of testing
for anyone to understand. He makes a compelling case for doing enough testing—but
not too much. I can't wait to give Perfect Software to all my clients!
-- Fiona Charles, test consultant and columnist
". . . what about the title, 'Perfect Software'? Weinberg leaves no doubt,
from the outset, that that's a false goal. . . . if you can figure out a way to
do it graciously, I strongly recommend buying a copy for one or more of the 'suits'
in your organizational ladder."
-- Robert L. Glass,
"One of the pioneers in
many areas of software development has written another masterpiece that should
be required reading of everyone working in software development. The book. . .
pulls some of the nastier realities about software testing out into the critical
glare of scrutiny. In many ways, software testing reminds me of the laws of thermodynamics,
where no matter how efficient you are, complete efficiency is impossible. Modern
software is so complex that nothing even close to exhaustive testing is possible.
The only hope that anyone has to do an effective job in testing is to first recognize
the limits and then to adopt a testing plan that does the best that can be done.
There is no one better at describing this process than Weinberg."
Charles Ashbacher, The Journal of Object Technology
chapter on Meta-Testing is excellent and relates 14 case stories where the client
was unable to see the forest for the trees. For example the test manager complaining
about the performance of the bug database when more than 14,000 bugs had been
logged -- working out why there were so many defects might perhaps be more important
than worrying about the performance. . .
"Jerry has had
a long career in the industry and worked in everything from embedded systems,
slot machines, spaceship control, dating services and has found one thing in common
with them all -- the quality of management seems to be the distinguishing factor
between success and failure."
-- Phil Kirkham,
"I recommend this book. I can give it
to a manager at any level and trust that if they read it, they have the potential
to be a much better manager. I can give the book to just about anyone -- especially
people who have nothing to do with software or testing software. It contains much
about how people gather, communicate, consider, and use information."
Dwayne Phillips, DwaynePhillips.net
about people: people who develop things that need to be tested, people who perform
tests, people fix the problems found by testing, and people who manage projects
that involve testing. . . . It's important to note that Perfect Software is not
a how-to guide; it gives no simple ten-step process that guarantees successful
testing. Rather, the book reminds us that testing is a human activity, and offers
useful tools (like the Interaction Model, and the discussions of common mistakes
that ends each chapter) for working with testers who happen to be human. Ę Like
most of Weinberg's books, Perfect Software is written in an easy-to-read, conversational
style. He is an excellent storyteller, and the many 'war stories' that illustrate
his points have the ring of truth."
-- Dan Starr,
testers and quality assurance managers know that perfect software doesnŐt exist.
Unfortunately their project managers, company executives and legal teams often
donŐt . . . this book will help managers get 'tuned into reality' about software
testing. The key is getting it into the right peopleŐs hands . . . testers and
QA pros may want to keep it handy to do just that."
Jan Stafford, IT
". . . This is a book for the
people who are asking you the impossible questions. . . . and will provide an
executive, manger, or developer with enough information about testing to (A) understand
some of the challenges of the role, (B) set appropriate expectations, and (C)
communicate those expectations clearly. In other words, it can be the difference
between a sane life and an insane one -- if only you can get the right people
to read it. Now, the style of the book is plain prose and folsky story . . . if
you are a seasoned tester, this book might not be for you -- it's for your boss,
your bosses boss, the customer, the CEO, and The New Guy. . . . Buy two copies
to give away today!"
-- Matt Heusser, posted on
has seen the insides of far more projects than most of us have and has worked
with some relatively dysfunctional organizations. His stories of scapegoating,
intimidation, and other misuse of testers are hair raising. If you work under
such conditions, you need to read this book right away. . . .
is firm in his belief that machines will never replace brains when it comes to
software testing. Testing is an interactive process of investigation in which
each finding leads to new questions.
"Like all of Weinberg's
books, every page of this one has wonderful insights and advice. If you have anything
to do with software development, you should get a copy and read it at least twice."
Richard Mateosian, IEEE