Rob Caron

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The ROI of Software Testing

The ROI of Software Testing

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A recent internal e-mail (thanks, Ian!) included links to these two reports on the ROI of software testing, which may be beneficial to anyone seeking to justify software testers and tools.

Speaking of the value of software testing, I’d like to issue an appeal to the professional software testers who may read this blog. If you aren’t a software tester, but you know one, please forward this to him or her.

This is an opportunity for you to have a profound impact on Team System’s testing tools. Steven Clarke, a usability engineer working on Team System, is seeking software testers and test leads to volunteer for a study we’re doing on how you do what you do. The way it works, a couple people from Microsoft come to your workplace and observe how you work. The goal of the study is to better understand what we need to do to improve our product for future releases.

The reality is that such studies are expensive to run, so you can trust that information learned is highly valued. That said, we must unfortunately limit our on-site visits to the United States, and preferably, to the Pacific Northwest. While we appreciate the opportunity to visit someplace like Sydney, Cairo or some other exciting part of the world, travel budgets are limited.

If you’re interested, see this post (Help us learn how you work) on Steven’s blog and tell him that you’d like to participate in the study.

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  • I do agree with James Avery that VS2005 is not friendly when you want to do proper TDD. The whole Test View is hard to navigate when you have more than 15 tests in the view. I also like NUnit better in that you have one window where you see everything happening. Anyways, I'm sure MS will take all the feedback and improve the tool for the next release.

    If you are interested, I've posted about how you can use TypeMock.NET to mock out external dependencies when doing TDD. The sample is out of a SOA type application. You can find it at http://exceptionz.blogspot.com/2006/01/using-typemocknet-to-mock-external.html.

    In the near future there should be some interesting stuff happening with VS2005 and Fit Testing. Some real cool stuff... But it will have to wait for now...
  • Rob Caron is looking for testers and test leads willing to have a couple Microsofties come to your place...
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