Asked what mistakes are most common in the testing business, Lab Alliance members came up with a hefty list, including these.< Back to Testers' best tipsJohn Bass, Centennial Networking Lab, NCSUGetting 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.