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Lessons learned in software testing : a context-driven approach
Kaner, Cem.
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New York : Wiley, [2002]

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xxvii, 286 pages : 24 cm
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"Wiley Computer Publishing."
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Decades of software testing experience condensed into the most important lessons learned.

The world's leading software testing experts lend you their wisdom and years of experience to help you avoid the most common mistakes in testing software. Each lesson is an assertion related to software testing, followed by an explanation or example that shows you the how, when, and why of the testing lesson. More than just tips, tricks, and pitfalls to avoid, Lessons Learned in Software Testing speeds you through the critical testing phase of the software development project without the extensive trial and error it normally takes to do so. The ultimate resource for software testers and developers at every level of expertise, this guidebook features:
* Over 200 lessons gleaned from over 30 years of combined testing experience
* Tips, tricks, and common pitfalls to avoid by simply reading the book rather than finding out the hard way
* Lessons for all key topic areas, including test design, test management, testing strategies, and bug reporting
* Explanations and examples of each testing trouble spot help illustrate each lesson's assertion

Author Notes

CEM KANER, JD, PhD, is a professor of computer sciences at Florida Institute of Technology. He also consults on technical and management issues, and practices law within the software development community. He is the lead author of two books, Testing Computer Software and Bad Software (both from Wiley).
JAMES BACH is founder and principal consultant of Satisfice, Inc., a software testing and quality assurance company. His experience with competitive software development in leading Silicon Valley companies, such as Apple and Borland, led him to specialize in such aspects of the craft as "good enough" quality, risk-based testing, exploratory testing, and other techniques that require skill and judgment. He has also served as Chief Scientist at Software Testing Labs.
BRET PETTICHORD works as an independent consultant and edits the popular Software Testing Hotlist at A frequent speaker and writer, he is also the founder of the Austin Workshop on Test Automation.

Table of Contents

Lessonsp. ix
Forewordp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxvii
Chapter 1 The Role of the Testerp. 1
Chapter 2 Thinking Like a Testerp. 11
Chapter 3 Testing Techniquesp. 31
Chapter 4 Bug Advocacyp. 65
Chapter 5 Automating Testingp. 93
Chapter 6 Documenting Testingp. 129
Chapter 7 Interacting with Programmersp. 143
Chapter 8 Managing the Testing Projectp. 151
Chapter 9 Managing the Testing Groupp. 189
Chapter 10 Your Career in Software Testingp. 209
Chapter 11 Planning the Testing Strategyp. 231
Appendix The Context-Driven Approach to Software Testingp. 261
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 275