5 Schools of Testing
Bret Pettichord's presentation on the topic, http://www.io.com/~wazmo/papers/four_schools.pdf
- Analytic: Testing is about mathematical proof
- academic, formal methods
- Standard: Testing is about standards and best practices
- commercial, corporate IT, predictable, planned, certification, economical
- Quality: Quality Assurance professionals assure quality
- gatekeeper, safety net
- Context-Driven: Testing is about people and context
- no best way to test, based on context, adaptable, exploratory
- Agile: Automated testing tells you when the story is done
- test driven, test before, automation
Distinction between Context-Driven and Agile Testing
- Context-Driven testing is about providing information quickly; Agile testing is about providing information early
- Context-Driven testing is about providing information; Agile testing is about providing direction
- Developers spend more time writing tests in the Agile context
- There are trade-offs in the Agile testing school as well
- Start with baseline story acceptance tests, do exploratory testing after
- The people who came up with this categorisation come from the context driven school.
- Functional testing only works well with shared ownership of tests by the whole team (developers, testers and the customer/business analyst).
- Use the 5 schools to encourage change.