13 January, 2010

Book Review: Lessons Learned in Software Testing

About 5 years ago, I bought William Perry’s ‘Effective Methods for Software Testing’ book. I struggled for 2 months to get myself to read that book as it appeared to be too much of theory for me at the time (my first testing book). At the end of 2 months, I gave up. I gave up reading not just this book, but my reading habit itself.

In July 2009, I came across The Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar by James Bach. I had just started blogging a few months before that and was following James’ blog for a while. There was a free offer to read his book within a timeline which I did. In five days, I had finished reading the book. I enjoyed reading very much after a long time. It was fun. I realized what I had lost in last 5 years.

Lessons Learned in Software Testing is a book that every tester should read to get their basics right. A couple of my friends suggested that this is a book mostly for freshers and not targeted towards experienced testers. I digressed and read the book. I was right. This is a great book meant for every tester.

This book depicts finer nuances of many testing challenges we face on a daily basis. Another good part of this book is that every chapter addresses a topic independent of other chapters. So you could choose to read few chapters earlier than others. If you are a tester, you must read this book.

I bought this book 2 months ago and often stared at it (placed on the dining table) cribbing that I did not have enough time to read it. Around the same time, I came across Anuj Magazine’s post about Reading Skills. I started reading for 30 minutes everyday and it has worked. Who knows, it may work for you too. All you need is to TRY.

Happy Reading,
Parimala Shankaraiah

13 comments:

Joe said...

"At the end of 2 months, I gave up. I gave up reading not just this book, but my reading habit itself. "

How sad. Glad to hear that you have regained your reading habit.

Anonymous said...

A couple of my friends suggested that this is a book mostly for freshers and not targeted towards experienced testers.

Every one of us are freshers for every next moment. But experienced in forgetting and remembering the earlier moments.

William Echlin said...

I completely agree. Lessons Learned in Software Testing is a great book which is full of advice and ideas that every tester should have at their disposal. I really like the fact that you can just dip in and read a few sections with out the overhead of reading the whole book from cover to cover. It's also a great source of insipration for software testing blog posts!

William Echlin
SoftwareTesting.net

bjosman said...

Hi Parimala,

Thanks for the reminder - lessons learned is a must have and I was just flicking through it again :)

Pari said...

@Joe
Thank You Joe.

Anonymous
Every one of us are freshers for every next moment


This is so true of learners whom I would call 'eternal learners'. I often wonder why some people have to use anonymous names to comment. Do you have an answer?


@William Echlin
It's also a great source of insipration for software testing blog posts!


Thank you for pointing me to SoftwareTesting.net. Its high time, I explore BB Test Assitant.

@Brian
Thanks for the reminder - lessons learned is a must have and I was just flicking through it again :)


You are right Brian. The 293 heuristics in the book transformed my mind into a trance for the next few days. It is a good source to look back to when stuck with testing problems.

Farid Vaswani said...

Hi Parimala, thanks for pointing me towards Anuj's blog post. I have lately started reading a bit, but this post has motivated me further to read regularly. Thanks :)

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Sarat Chandra said...

Leassons learned in Software testing is a book suggested to me by Pradeep Soundarrajan,Moolya.com

www.ramesh4u.blog.com said...

Hi...Parimala garu

i have just red about yopur article about lessons learned in software testing..i want to buy this book..may i know where can i get this book?

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