Perfect Software And Other Illusions About Testingby Gerald Weinberg
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Everyone has a role to play in software testing -- even people outside a project team. Testers, developers, managers, customers, and users shape the process and results of testing, often unwittingly. Rather than continue to generate stacks of documents and fuel animosity, testers can cultivate rich opportunities and relationships by integrating an effective testing mentality into any process.
Perfect Software sets out to disprove destructive notions about testing and testers. With a blend of wit, storytelling, and jaw-dropping insight that has won him fans around the world, Weinberg deftly separates what is expected, significant, and possible in software testing. He destroys fallacies and steers readers clear of common mistakes.
We test because people are not perfect, and simply testing "more" does not guarantee better quality. This book guides test strategy development that's scalable for any project.
Perfect Software answers the questions that puzzle the most people:
Why do we have to bother testing?
Why not just test everything?
What is it that makes testing so hard?
Why does testing take so long?
Is perfect software even possible?
Why can't we just accept a few bugs?
* Information Immunity
* What Makes a Test "Good"?
* Major Fallacies About Testing
* Determining Significance of Failures
* Testing Without Machinery
* Testing Scams
* and much more
This book is one of the 6 (not 5) books highlighted in Bruce F. Webster's Baseline Magazine article, "The 5 Books Every IT Manager Should Read Right Now"
It's not just a book for QA engineers whose business is testing software, but one that contains useful lessons for anyone engaged in developing or testing anything, especially intangible objects like software and processes. It's interesting and entertaining to read. You don't have to be a computer programmer or QA engineer to enjoy this book.
James Bach says, "Read this book and get your head straight about testing."
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Meet the Author
James Bach says, "I consider Jerry (Weinberg) to be the greatest living tester."
Gerald M. Weinberg has always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, he has published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. He has also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the four-volume Quality Software Management series.
He incorporates his knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, and software engineers). He writes novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Earth's Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules—all about how his brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. His novels may be found as eBooks at <http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JerryWeinberg>or on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B000AP8TZ8 .
Early in his career, he was the architect for the Project Mercury's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. He won the Warnier Prize, the Stevens Award, and the first Software Testing Professionals' Luminary Award, all for his writing on software quality. He was also elected a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame. The book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) honors his work for his 75th birthday. His website and blogs may be found at http://www.geraldmweinberg.com.
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