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‘Why did the tester look both ways while crossing a one way street’ by Ajay Balamurugadas

  • 08/10/2010
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Being part of online discussions is sometimes interesting. A dull day at work can be easily forgotten by some of the discussions. One such discussion topic in August was:

Why did the tester look both ways while crossing a one way street

Slowly, the discussion changed to what a Scripted tester would do in that situation and how different it is from an Exploratory tester’s approach.

Here is the list of responses. Enjoy :)

Aaron Hodder (https://twitter.com/AWGHodder) initiated the discussion with this tweet:

A tester is someone who looks both ways when crossing a one way street.

Maik Nog: An *exploratory * tester is someone who looks *in all thinkable directions*, when crossing a one way

Zeger Van Hese: And a “Scripted Tester” only looks around when someone tells him to :-)

There were many re-tweets to the original tweet by Aaron.

Michael Bolton joined in with this tweet:

WHY do testers look both ways when they cross a one-way street? /They realize people can be fooled by preconceptions/.

and he backed it up with few more tweets:

  • WHY do testers look both ways when crossing a one-way street? Ears don’t warn you when a bicycle is coming the wrong way.
  • Someone might be backing up.
  • You may only *think* it’s a one-way street.
  • It may be one-way on this corner, two ways on that corner.
  • When helping someone, you’ve extra duty to seek improbables.
Few more responses to Michael’s tweets were by Rodrigo Salinas and David Ross Drake who tweeted ‘They should look up as well. You never know.‘ and ‘They should look down. Holes!‘ respectively.
S Dhanasekar tweet: ‘To make sure the direction of one way
Ajoy Singha added: ‘The sign board of One-Way may be displayed in wrong direction‘ and ‘The traffic police may have changed direction w/o informing
Vipul Gupta’s tweet: ‘They don’t have facts that can keep them focussed
Flemcy’s tweet: ‘The Direction is subjected to changes anytime :)
Ryan Arnaudin’s point was also valid. He said: ‘testers also look down. you don’t want to step in anything.

Sherry Chupka added: ‘To check for pedestrians and cars going the wrong way

The initiator of the discussion – Aaron Hodder was extremely thrilled and added yet another good point: ‘Why do testers look both ways when crossing a one way street? Black Swans can’t read road signs

James Marcus Bach joined in with this tweet: ‘Testers look both ways because traffic is not the only thing they care about.

Karlo Smid’s tweet: ‘Testers look both ways because they were trained to do so.

Michael Bolton added: ‘Scripted testers look both ways and then drown in the canal.‘ and Dr.Meeta Prakash added to Michael’s tweet: ‘because they wear opaque glasses whn they see on road

Aaron then tweeted a brilliant point: ‘Scripted testers would look both ways for cars, proceed to cross, then get hit by a truck

Arjan Kranenburg asked the most important question of the day:

OK, so why did the tester cross the road?

If you know the answer to any of the above questions, feel free to express your views.

And did you know that this discussion was spread over 48 hours? #metrics ;)

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