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What do software testers do? No, we don’t break things. Programmers do that. You can’t take credit for their hard work. Instead, testers break *illusions* about products that may harm our clients. Testers see through deception and confusion. We are truth-tellers. We light the way for the project.

It is not always the case that our clients want to know the truth about their products. But when they do, a tester needs to know how to find it. That’s a critical thinking process, and a modeling and design process. It’s social, as well as technical. It’s exploratory.

In this one-day interactive session, I will present a series of interactive testing-related puzzles drawn from my Rapid Software Testing class, plus a couple of special new puzzles that aren’t yet in my normal classes. These puzzles will cover many aspects of testing, from questioning requirements to designing tests to reporting bugs. The seminar will focus on the tactical software testing: the nuts and bolts. It’s testing as a martial art.

You don’t need any experience to enjoy this seminar. You just need to know something about computers and to love to think and solve problems. Whether you are an experienced tester or someone who has never before reported a bug, I guarantee you will learn something unexpected. I guarantee you will see why, for me, testing is much more fun than programming.

Please bring your testing questions, too. I love answering questions.


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