Testing taboos

Asked what mistakes are most common in the testing business, Lab Alliance members came up with a hefty list, including these:

Asked what mistakes are most common in the testing business, Lab Alliance members came up with a hefty list, including these.

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John Bass, Centennial Networking Lab, NCSU

  • Getting too caught up in the details. (Relax, it's just a box.)
  • Not documenting the details of methodology and findings; repeatability should come first.
  • Trying to test with only one method. It helps to test the same function of a box in different ways.
  • Trying to draw too many conclusions from results.

Christine Perey, Perey Research & Consulting:

  • Not having a clear, written test plan. You always should have hypotheses you are testing and specific usage scenarios.

Ed Mier, Miercom:

  • Recording results incorrectly.
  • Trying to be too fast.
  • Reading too much into a set of results data.

Greg Goddard, EDS:

  • Not reading the manual.

Jeffrey Fritz, University of California, San Franscisco:

  • Not understanding how a user will deploy the product under test.

Thomas Powell, PINT:

  • Letting vendors get too involved. Typically customers don't have access to vendor CTOs.

Thomas Henderson, ExtremeLabs:

  • Not assessing product administration, which plays an important part in the overall cost of ownership of a product.
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