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Vernon Richards | Quality Coach

Vernon Richards | Quality Coach

January 31, 2022

How I Came Up With 37 Random Myths About Software Testing

It was 2014.

I was at TestBash 3.0. No, it wasn't about Crypto you jokers! It was the third TestBash event. The year before, they had come up with an idea for 99-second talks. I did one then, and I wanted to do so again this time. Earlier that week I met Emma Keaveny and we were sat together watching one of the talks. I was racking my brain trying to think of a topic but nothing. Nada. Nowt.

During one of the talks*, lightning struck!

Emma the muse!


Emma leaned over and made a comment** about a point the speaker had just made and BOOM! I had my idea! What are all the weird and wonderful things people think and say about testing? I immediately started scribbling them down.

And without further ado, here they are!***

37 Myths about software testing

Anyone can do testing!

Nobody would ever do that!

Why didn't you find that bug?

Test cases == Testing

Programmers cannot test

Testers should program

Programming is the only technical skill worth learning

Testers should not share their test ideas

The only way to control testing is to count things (bugs, test cases, etc)

Performance testing must be done "at the end"

ISEB/ISTQB will solve all your problems

ISEB/ISTQB is the root of all evil

"How long will it take to test this?" is the question they want answering

I won't speak to anyone here (e.g. TestBash) because I have nothing interesting to say

There is no value in checking

There is only value in checking

Testing == QA

Testing adds no value

"Quality is value to some person" but you're not that person

Testing == Checking

Requirements == Requirements document

Test plan == Test plan document

Agile testing is all about "automated testing"

Testers cannot contribute to hackathons

Programmers shouldn't test

Testers add no value

Project management adds no value

Automated checking solves all your problems

Automated checking solves no problems

Automated checking is free

BDD == Testing

Regression testing theatre mitigates risk

Spinning cats == possessed cats****

100% automation of testing is possible

Zero defects are possible

Best practises will save you

Testers just click buttons

Worst memory ever...

* I cannot remember for the life of me who's talk this was 🤦🏾‍♂️

** Er... I cannot remember what on earth Emma said that triggered my flash of inspiration either 🤦🏾‍♂️

*** I only managed to get through the first 30 before the 99-seconds were up 😅

**** You kinda had to be there 🐈‍⬛ 😵‍💫