EWT26 – Modelling bugs and patterns

EWT26 – Modelling bugs and patterns

Date: 10th July 2010
Time: 15:30 – 17:30 GMT

Product
http://www.testalways.com/2010/07/05/find-bugs-and-patterns/

Mission
Detect every meaningful or remarkable pattern you can find in this application in the allotted time, using any methods or tools available to you. If you see something that looks like a bug, report that to http://www.bugrepository.com, too. Be prepared to explain the evidence for the patterns and bugs that you think you see during the discussion part of the session.

Testers: Anne-Marie Charrett, Pradeep Soundararajan, Yan Jiang, Eusebiu Blindu, Alexei Barantsev, Anna Baik, Markus Gärtner

Markus Gärtner facilitated the discussion afterwards.

Pradeep Soundararajan stated that he minimized the chat window in order to not get distracted from the mission. When he later opened it, he found that Markus had posted some insights that violated his findings. The session overall was fun.

Alexei Barantsev stated that he liked the exercise. Simple tools and google helped him in his mission. Alexei stated that he followed the process to gather information regarding the application, then look at the information from different angles, and asked google when he got stuck. Even if there were patterns, he looked for anomalies.

Yan Jiang stated that he used google docs to document his activities. He followed the process to observe, analyzing, building a potential theory, and proving (or disproving it).

Anne-Marie Charrett stated that for two reasons she couldn’t work on the puzzle when she first encountered. First, she felt intrigued and found that the software didn’t need testing. Second, she found that her model was too narrow and should couldn’t use that model to find out the pattern. Anne-Marie decided to search for patterns finally, when she was challenged by James Bach.

In order to avoid to spoil testers taking the challenge in the future, we will not publish a chat transcript from this session.

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