Philosophical Questions for the Software Tester

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Obviously, I believe in asking questions. Asking questions can serve multiple purposes. It can be a request for information (such as, “How should I test this software?”), or it can activate professional self-awareness (“Why should I test this software?”). I find "why" questions intriguing because thinking about their answers usually reveals a deeper level of understanding.

Please enjoy this list. It might even trigger some of your own questions. I'd be delighted to read your comments about this list of questions as a whole, your answer to any particular question listed here, or any question that you may come up with as a result of thinking about one of mine. I can be reached at bberger@mail.hypermart.net. 

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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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