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People-Oriented Guide to Mastering the Ten Biggest Challenges Software Testers
Face . . .
Software testers require technical and
political skills to survive what can often be a lose-lose relationship with developers
Whether testing is your specialty or your stepping stone
to a career as a developer, there's no better way to survive the pressures put
on testers than to meet the ten challenges described in this practical handbook.
This book goes beyond the technical skills required for effective testing to address
the political realities that can't be solved by technical knowledge alone. Communication
and negotiation skills must be in every tester's tool kit.
and Rice compile a "top ten" list of the challenges faced by testers
and offer tactics for success. They combine their years of experience in developing
testing processes, writing books and newsletters on testing, and teaching seminars
on how to test.
The challenges are addressed in light of the way testing
fits into the context of software development and how testers can maximize their
relationships with managers, developers, and customers.
In fact, anyone
who works with software testers should read this book for insight into the unique
pressures put on this part of the software development process.
between the agony of rushed deadlines and the luxury of all the time in the world
has got to be a reasonable approach to testing."from Chapter 8
The Top Ten People Challenges Facing Testers
#10: Getting Trained in Testing
Challenge #9: Building Relationships with
Challenge #8: Testing Without Tools
Challenge #7: Explaining
Testing to Managers
Challenge #6: Communicating with CustomersAnd
Challenge #5: Making Time for Testing
Challenge #4: Testing
What's Thrown Over the Wall
Challenge #3: Hitting a Moving Target
#2: Fighting a Lose-Lose Situation
Challenge #1: Having to Say No
"Everyone involved in the testing process should
read this book.
"This is an excellent book on responsbility and communication."
"Testing is a field full of political land mines. . . . When the authors
quizzed hundreds of testers, they found that their top 10 challenges involved
people rather than technology. . . . The book is free of jargon and immensely
readable . . . equally accessible to testers, developers, and project managers.
You don't have to be a tester to profit from its insights."
discuss the state of the practice and how that impacts test for each of the top
10 challenges as they define them. They then discuss impediments to positive change
and guidelines for success. . . ."
"Describes how to deal with people
in the software testing world, covering communication and negotiation skills testers
need for maximizing relationships with managers, developers, and customers."
"I really liked the emphasis they put on people
issues. By the time you finish the book, you should have a good idea of where
you and your organization stand on testing, compared to what is both possible
and desirable. And, you'll have some good ideas on what you can do about it."
Petersen Visual Developer
" . . . common
sense is often lacking in the high-pressure electronics-test environment, and
the chance to see it spelled out can be inspiring. . . . this book is worth having
on your shelf. It can help initiate discussion among all the competing interests
in the test environment."
Rick Nelson Test &Measurement World
"The authors justify
their choice [of the top ten] with a serious characterization of these challenges
and provide valuable guidance on how to survive them. . . . The book should be
read by all software managers and software project leaders and software test managers.
If testers happen to read it they should pass it on to their managers afterwards."
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