Philosophical Questions for the Software Tester

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Releasing Buggy Software

·                     Is there a difference between accountability and blame?

·                     What causes accountability?

·                     What causes blame?

·                     Should testers be held accountable for defective software?

·                     Should testers be blamed?

·                     Should anyone ever be blamed?

·                     Should everyone always be blamed?

·                     Do users have a right to have a zero tolerance for defects?

·                     When they pay, does the price include the defects contained in the software?

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Bernie Berger's picture Bernie Berger

Bernie Berger has recently tested the merger of two investment trading systems as part of the takeover of a large asset-management firm by an international bank. In his spare time, he moderates the yahoo group, tester-career-support , and updates his Web site http://www.testassured.com/. He can be reached at home at berger_qa_@yahoo.com.

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