- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 31, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471081124
- ISBN-13: 978-0471081128
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I've been in the SW test business for several years and have used Cem Kaner's "Testing Computer Software 2nd Edition" as a bible for many years. Mr. Kaner's "Lessons Learned in Software Testing" is a great help for both rookies and seasoned veterans alike, but mainly for anecdotal wisdom. I wish I had the opportunity to read this book early in my career, it would have prevented some of the painful lessons I've learned about the testing business. At the same time, portions of this book are opinions and observations, and should be read with an open mind, but not read as gospel. I often read sections of this book to reassure myself that my actions/decisions/processes are sound.
This book is not a "how to" guide with sample forms and processes to follow, but a very useful collection of wisdom from some of the best minds in testing. Think of this book as three wise people sharing their knowledge with anyone willing to listen (or ante up the bucks to buy the book).
Lessons Learned is a terrific compilation of 293 "lessons" - short, real-world, easily-readable treatments of a range of topics relevant to new and seasoned testers, developers, managers, and executives. These lessons, culled from the experiences of the authors, are arranged in chapters addressing everyday topics you might face:
- The Role of the Tester
- Thinking Like a Tester
- Testing Techniques
- Bug Advocacy
- Automating Testing
- Documenting Testing
- Interacting with Programmers
- Managing the Testing Project
- Managing the Testing Group
- Your Career in Software Testing
- Planning the Testing Strategy
Of all the testing books I have on my bookshelf, this is the one I find myself coming back to time after time.
I've even gone as far as purchasing a copy of this book for each member of my Test Team, and using it in group discussions. We find ourselves disagreeing about some of the points made in the book (as you will too), but we have found that virtually all of the lessons lead to a lively discussion about software, testing, and our profession. Books that are this thought-provoking are rare.
I'm convinced that every software tester who reads this book will find at least a few gems that are particularly relevant for their individual situation. And I believe that most folks will find most of the book extremely valuable.
I followed their advice of reading a little bit at a time - every day I read the book for 10 minutes. I was able to finish the book in just under 2 months. Would recommend this method for reading this book, because it is quite long.
The book changed my philosophy on testing. I was starting to get a bit bored at my job because I am asked to run the same set of tests over and over. Now, instead of looking at those tests as just a list of tests I have to run exactly the same each time, I look at each test as a jumping off point to explore the application in more depth and find more bugs.
I think the thing that I loved the most about this book is how the authors are so interested in testing and different methodologies. They are kinda like the "cool" teacher you had in high school, they make testing seem interesting! (I mean, it is, but after a while in testing, if you are at the wrong company, it can seem less interesting). If you've gotten burnt out on testing, this book can give you your spark back!
The only small criticism I have is that the way the sections were organized seemed a little odd. Oh well, definately not enough to give this book any less than 5 stars!