[TIP] testing: why bother?

Andrew Bennetts andrew at bemusement.org
Wed Mar 23 16:13:30 PDT 2011

Gustavo Picon wrote:
> On Mar 23, 2011, at 11:17 AM, Doug Hellmann wrote:
> > 
> > I forget where I heard it, but this rings true for me:
> > 
> > 	If you have a repeatable manual process, you're doing the computer's job.
> The risk of using that argument is that most programmers think that testing is
> the job of a separate QA team, and that it is a _lesser_ activity than
> programming. So if you use the "doing the computer's job" card, they'll just
> say that the computer can replace QA engineers, but not programmers.

Well, the QA team presumably wants the repeatable manual testing automated so
they can spend more time testing the really interesting bits!

(And that in turn should help the programming team make a better product too,
which hopefully they care about…)


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