TITLE: You Keep Using That Word.... AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: September 12, 2011 12:14 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Inigo Montoya, from The Princess Bride Elisabeth Hendrickson recently posted a good short piece about Testing is a Whole Team Activity. She gives examples of some of the comments she hears frequently which indicate a misunderstanding about the relationship between coding and testing. My favorite example was the first:
"We're implementing stories up to the last minute, so we can never finish testing within the sprint."
Maybe I like this one so much because I hear it from students so often, especially on code that they find challenging and are having a hard time finishing. "If we took the time to test our code, we would not get done on time." "What evidence do you have that your code works for the example cases?" "Well, none, really, but..." "Then how do you know you are done?" "'done'?" You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. -----