Thank U All…Context Driven Testers

Yesterday I felt very happy after reading http://www.developsense.com/2009/05/experience-report-from-india.html from Michael Bolton, so sharing with you all. Thanks Michael, appreciation on your blog means a lot to me and is very inspiring.

The most wonderful thing about context driven testing community I have observed is they are just an email away from you. They love sharing their testing experiences, they love sharing their secrets, and most importantly they love to see a better test community.

“My blog List” lists some of those testers who I respect a lot and have learnt from. The list is nowhere complete, and has been growing the day I started it.

Thank you all.

Are definitions contextual?

Today when I went thru the latest post from Shrini Kulkarni, Shrini’s question is this a bug? Made me recollect James and Michael's definition of a bug, I had always liked this definition because it’s simple, catchy, crisp and makes a lot of sense “A bug is something that bugs somebody who matters”.


I have a game in my cell phone called “Krish Cricket PRO Challenge” in the game cricket greats like even Lara, Gilchrist bat right handed – is this is a bug?. Well, I am confused because though they are right handed the game is a lot of fun to play and I do not mind them batting right handed or in other words it does not bug me. So is this a bug?

The game came bundled with other applications when I bought the cell phone. Initially I felt very odd to see Lara play right handed, and I cursed the team who built this game. Could the code be simple if all batsmen in the game are right handed? May be the team who built the game did not invest enough in the software since it would be bundled free? But, what if I had to buy the game and in the demo Lara bats right handed, I would have never bought it. So is this a bug?

Lara batting right handed definitely does threaten the value of the product and so I feel this definition by James Bach and Michael Bolton “A bug is anything about the product that threatens its value” (I came across this definition in Bug Advocacy Slides from BBST) suits this context. So my next question to you all is – are definitions contextual? Or have I have failed in understanding the first definition by James & Michael?

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