Pressure-Cooker Testing: What to Do When the Squeeze Is On


This document looks at the issues that can arise and suggests solutions when a testing project becomes constrained by deadlines. While this is true of most testing projects, there are some with farther reaching consequences than others, especially if the deadline is immovable. This paper imparts a few key points along with a few tips and techniques on what to do when you find yourself in this situation. This list is not exhaustive and the ideas presented here may need to be adapted to your own specific project. However, when the chips are down and you need to bring in some semblance of software that is tested, these ideas may be a good starting point.

About the author

Geoff Horne's picture Geoff Horne

Based in New Zealand, Geoff Horne has more than thirty years of experience in software development, sales and marketing, and project management. He founded and ran two testing companies which grew to enjoy an international clientele. In 1994, almost by accident, Geoff found himself involved in testing a complex fault management system that led to further testing assignments covering a wide range of applications and tools. Of late, he has focused on a few select clients running complex test projects in a program test management capacity. Geoff has written a variety of white papers on the subject of software testing and is a frequent speaker at testing conferences worldwide.

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