The books, papers, and resources that I discuss in my software testing courses can be found on this page or on the linked pages. Keep checking back; more is being added all the time.
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Books, Resources, and Tools
Pairwise Testing and Orthogonal Arrays
Sample Test Plan Template
Visual SourceSafe Defects
They're right here:
Effective Beta Testing
A Review of Error Messages
Starting a Career in Software Testing
Zero Balance, Zero Responsiblity
I recommend a large number of books, resources, and tools; a fairly complete list is here.
While developing a utility to migrate files from Visual SourceSafe (VSS) to another version control package, I created some tests that exercised Visual SourceSafe itself. These tests demonstrated to me that VSS's file and database management is so defect-ridden as to present a danger to customers using the product in reasonable scenarios and cirucmstances. You mileage may vary, but these are my findings.
I have been most strongly influenced in my philosophies about testing and quality by three people. Cem Kaner, started it all, through his Black Box Testing seminar, his books, and his wise and generous counsel. All of Cem's articles are valuable, but there are a few standouts. Negotiating Testing Resources: A Collaborative Approach is an outstanding essay that will help you and the rest of the development team to set goals and priorities for your testing project. You will also find a number of articles on legal considerations associated with software on Cem's Web site.
Cem also wrote an excellent article for Software Development, called Recruiting Software Testers. The first part of that article is here, and the second part is here.
James is, with Cem Kaner, one of the founders of the context-driven school of testing, and the principal behind Satisfice. Cem Kaner coined the term "exploratory testing", but James has probably been its most enthusiastic and articulate exponent--and practitioner. Exploratory testing, as James describes it, brings structure and skill to what might otherwise thoughtless or undirected testing. You can read James' essay on Exploratory Software Testing, which is on the Satisfice Web Site, by going here.
As I am, James is a test automation skeptic. He makes the case for such skepticism elegantly and accurately in his essay Test Automation Snake Oil.
Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. In 2000 he released a best-selling book called "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Make a Big Difference". As a tester, I like his articles because of the way that they frequently change my perceptions on the way that things—especially things related to numbers—work. His New Yorker articles are archived here.
One of the first articles he wrote for The New Yorker should be of interest to everyone in the testing and quality community. The subject is risk theory, and how it relates to the Challenger (and, now sadly, the Columbia) crashes. The article is called Blowup, and it's here.
Point, the article that made me a Gladwell fan, is here.
Other goodies include The
Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg, which is about links between people, and in
particular the strength of weak links. In the post-Enron world, it's fun to
read The Talent
Myth: Are Smart People Overrated?
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