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Five views of software testing

When you look at software testing, you'll see that testing methods and approaches fall into five views or schools -- Analytical, Standard, Quality, Context-Driven and Agile.

The Analytic School sees testing as rigorous and technical with many proponents in academia, while the Standard School sees testing as a way to measure progress. Then you have the Quality School, which emphasizes process and policing developers; the Context-Driven School, which emphasizes people and finding bugs stakeholders care about; and the Agile School, which uses testing to prove that development is complete.

In this webcast senior software testers Scott Barber and Karen N. Johnson discuss the details of the five schools, describe what they entail, and review their pros and cons.


Scott Barber Chief Technologist, PerfTestPlus Scott Barber is the chief technologist of PerfTestPlus, executive director of the Association for Software Testing and co-founder of the Workshop on Performance and Reliability. His specialties include testing and analyzing performance for complex systems, developing customized testing methodologies, testing in Agile environments, testing embedded systems, and testing security systems. Karen N. Johnson Software Testing Consultant Karen N. Johnson is an independent software test consultant. She views software testing as an intellectual challenge and believes in the context-driven school of testing. Karen has 15 years' experience in software testing and software test management.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Dec 17, 2008, 09:00 EST (14:00 GMT)

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