Testing does not pat your back


Business consultants do not pat the backs of their clients and say that your firm is doing well. The consultant assesses the firm mercilessly, looking for things to improve and brings up the problems.

Doesn’t this sound like testing?

The purpose of testing is not to produce evidence of how great the software is at that point. The purpose of the testing is exactly the same as the aforementioned consultant. We bring up the problem points and look at where and how we should start improving the software. But naturally, in all projects this does not get to happen.

I say that test results have a knack of getting embellished when the testers work as a part of the development team who hold the responsibility for getting results. If I don’t remember wrong, Qentinel‘s Esko Hannula proposed a question related to construction industry in an interview some time ago:

Would you let the constructor make the construction inspection for your real estate?

I sure wouldn’t. I feel like it would be ridiculous to carry out large information system projects by ordering all the services, from development to testing, from the same supplier. Do these projects actually succeed well, or is there a lack in gathering experience?

You get better results for your information system project by separating testing from the product responsibility.

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