Saturday, 29 October 2011

Build your own model of software testing – “the quotes”

Have you tried to build your own definition of Software Testing? One that you can refine as you learn more stuff and the years go by?
That never worked for me. I don’t appear to align myself well with definitions and classifications.
Building my own models however, now that works better for me.
I have started work on a new model. I want to create a simpler meta model of my testing process.
I draw inspiration for this activity from various sources, some I have listed below:
"I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s
I will not reason and compare: my business is to create."
William Blake, Jerusalem
When we try to convey thought by writing, we are bound to sit down solidly, and construct a holy Qabalah out of nothing.
Aleister Crowley, Magick Without Tears
Tao was always nameless.
When for the first time applied to function, it was named,
Inasmuch as names are given, one should also know where to stop.
Knowing where to stop one can become imperishable.
Tao Te Ching, as translated by Ch’u Ta-Kao
It is the part of the scientist – of the intelligent and honest man of letters and of the intelligent and honest clergyman as well – to entertain heretical and forbidden opinions experimentally, even if he is finally to reject them.
Norbert Wiener, ‘God & Golem, Inc.’
You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Inigo Montoya, as channelled by William Goldman for “The Princess Bride”
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the places you’ll go!”
Do you have any quotes that inspire you that you would care to share?
More on the model… later.


  1. mark v alexander1 November 2011 at 10:02

    I'm not sure if this quote fits in with building your model, but it is my favorite quote that I relate to testing: "A problem is a difference between what is perceived and what is desired, that we want to reduce" (Dewey 1933). This helps me frame my testing more than anything else I've found or thought of.


  2. When the quote fits in with building 'your' model, it becomes perfect.

    Thanks for sharing Mark.

  3. Team spirit: "Unbelievable what can be achieved when we do not bother who will take the credit"
    ~ H. Truman

    Real life trap: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ~ Aristotle

    And Creative Freedom: "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail" ~ Harold R. McAlindon


  4. Alan Richardson25 March 2012 at 13:33

    Thanks Mira.