Regarding Outlines in Test Reports, 2/1/2009, 9:15 am
Reminder from: backpackgeartesters Yahoo! Group Title: Regarding Outlines in Test Reports Date: Sunday February 1, 2009 Time: 9:15 am - 9:15 am Repeats: This event repeats every month on the first Sunday until Tuesday June 30, 2009. Notes: Please note that the "testing strategy" section in reports had been merely optional, not required, for at least a year, and the decision has been made by Jerry to remove it entirely in due course. ALSO NOTE that it will still be required in applications.
It will be omitted as a test requirement in the next version of the Survival Guide. Although the "outline" is present on one of the tabs in the current version of Report Writer, the Editors prefer that it be omitted completely. They will [comment] it, although it will not yet be listed as an [EDIT].
Unfortunately, it seems to have been creeping back into reports in the past year. Since the new versions of the SG and RW are not yet in place, I will be issuing periodic reminders for testers in the form of a repeating monthly message.
The outline adds needless bulk to the report, without supplying any real information. Testing, after all, is done by following the application outline where feasible, but it also involves reacting to new discoveries about the performance of the gear under test,
reporting on those, and so on. It's an evolutionary process.
The testing outline quite often becomes almost irrelevant in practice. Testers should, of course, investigate all the avenues mentioned in their application if they prove relevant, but it shouldn't be necessary for the reader of the report to know what that outline is, and (as already stated) testing shouldn't be limited by and to the outline.
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