EWT27 – Brokerage

EWT27 – Brokerage

Date: 17th July 2010
Time: 15:30 – 17:30 UTC

Brown & Donaldson

Brown & Donaldson (B&D) is an online brokerage firm. Test the B&D Web site.

First-time users will need to create a B&D online account. Since this is a test system, this account is not real – any transactions requested or executed via this account will not occur in the real world, only in the fictitious world of B&D (and will not make Weekend Testing rich, unfortunately). Once you have created an account, you will bypass this step and loginw ith your username and password. While creating a new account, you will be asked to supply an authorization code. The session facilitators will provide you the authorization code in private.

Testers: Ram Sastry, Madhukar Jain, Dr. Meeta Prakash, Ajay Balamurugadas, Eusebiu Blindu, Markus Gärtner

Markus Gärtner facilitated the discussion afterwards.

Eusebiu Blindu started the discussion mentioning the bugs he found. When asked about what he did learn, he mentioned that it’s hard to test an application from which you don’t know the business logic. Eusebiu noticed that he concentrated on text and missing strings to work around this lack. Eusebiu continued that a client or stakeholder may want to know about serious problems. If the tester does not learn the business domain, his testing will focus on the obvious representational things in the application, that are easy to fix, but don’t provide feedback on the more serious problems in the business handling.

Madhukar Jain reported from his experience that he was familiar with the business domain, and noticed a lack of features like report generation, portfolio showing overall losses and gains. He compared the web side with similar pages he was familiar with. Based on that Madhukar found a few bugs on the pages. Madhukar also pointed out that better features and services in the online brokerage world clearly set you up to survive.

Ajay Balamurugadas continued the discussion. He summarized his impression of the website and how he tested the pages. He explained that he got some past experience with stocks and shares, that helped him a bit, but not much.

Dr. Meeta Prakash reported that she trapped herself with the bug repository system, when she couldn’t find the project to report bugs to. In the end she reported ten bugs in the application. As a learning outcome, she was made aware of looking out for traps during testing.

This week’s session transcript can be found here.

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