Things that should not be tested

Sometimes I spontaneously try to test things that should not be tested…

Here is what I came up with:

Try to test women using the HICCUPS mnemonic:

(The list is copied from Michael Bolton’s recent blog post, I hope he doesn’t mind.)

History: The present version of the system is consistent with past versions of itself.

Image: The system is consistent with an image that the organization wants to project.

Comparable Products: The system is consistent with comparable systems.

Claims: The system is consistent with what important people say it’s supposed to be.

Users’ Expectations: The system is consistent with what users want.

Product: Each element of the system is consistent with comparable elements in the same system.

Purpose: The system is consistent with its purposes, both explicit and implicit.

Statutes: The system is consistent with applicable laws.

I have my own list of ideas in my mind, but I don’t dare to publish it yet..

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One Response to Things that should not be tested

  1. It is of the essence of heuristics that you have the judgement and skill to know how, when, and when not to apply them. Ask our wives.

    —Michael B.

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