If I were a test case I would…

A collaboration between Daily Testing Tip and Software Testing Club.

Introduction by Anne-Marie the Maverick Tester

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What and fun weird and amazing journey this book has gone through.

Its started its life more as a musing on twitter, “If I was a test case” how would I feel about testing? More as a joke I put out on the twittersphere

“If I was a test case I would…..”.

The response was amazing. Immediately tweets came in responding to the challenge and completing the phrase. The responses were dry and very witty and I was glad that testers all over the world were joining in the fun. I also posted the challenge on LinkedIn and the Software Testing Club and received more responses.

I have Parimala Shankaraiah to thank for the idea of a book. She had so much fun reading the responses she suggested that the responses be collated into an e-book. Pradeep Soundararajan had recently posted about Chandrashekar B.N (Chandru), a tester recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I wanted to help him out, and I was sure lots of other testers did too. I thought this would be a nice way to demonstrate our support for in and also raise some money for his transplant.

Advertisers have been very generous in their support, in particular ADTMag, but mostly I want to thank the testers all over the world who responded to the challenge.

Check out Chandru’s website if you would like to donate to his fund. Chandru, you are with us in our hearts. We hope this e-book will put
a smile on your face as you read the responses. Perhaps you would even like to add one?

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4 Responses to “If I were a test case I would…”

  1. John CarterDecember 21, 2010 at 4:49 am #

    “If I were a Test Result, you would be deeply uncertain whether the case passed or failed…

    Leaving the entire development Team, Requirements guys, Hardware, Software, Testers the whole Lot running around heatedly and acrimoniously debating whether this was a…
    a) Missed or Unclear Requirement, (but unfortunately coupled in an extremely complex manner to a lucidly clear contractual requirement.)
    b) Deep Architectural Flaw requiring total system re-design.
    c) Failure to scale
    d) A Hardware fault on one of several devices from several different upstream vendors sharing the same system bus.
    e) With everyone except the testers adamantly declaring the test case to be “Unfair”, “Treasonous”, “Perverted”, “Evil”, “Unlikely”, “Irrelevant”, “Irresponsible”, “Unethical”, “Just Not Cricket”, …

    ..and after weeks of sitting at the head of the Change Control Boards agenda…

    I’d be “Closed No Action”, leaving only a trace of fear and a pool of acid gnawing away the lining of the Project Managers stomach.

  2. Peter Farrell-VinayMarch 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    If I were a test case I would neither pass not fail. I would simply be executed or not. Only the system would pass or fail.

  3. Peter Farrell-VinayMarch 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    If I were a test case I’d be so well written that no-one would ever misuse me.

  4. Peter Farrell-VinayMarch 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    If I were a test case I’d be built of bits, every one reusable.