A related stickyminds.com paper is Being Resourceful When Your Hands are Tied which was co-written with Danny Faught.
This page is the supporting page for a talk, and paper, on Alternative Testing Tools.
On various pages on this site you will find tools mentioned that are not part of the mainstream cannon of testing tools. I tend to think of these as Alternative Testing Tools. But I wanted to investigate what that phrase really meant to me.
Is an open-source testing tool like Bugzilla an alternative testing tool? If so, what makes it alternative. It is an alternative, but does that make it alternative? I wanted understand what I meant by alternative, because I had the uneasy suspicion tha for me, bugzilla wasn't as alternative as some tools I use. This does suggest that alternative may be the wrong adjective but as I have been using it so long I'm sticking with it for the moment.
So I sat down and thought that the best way to figure this out is to do some testing, and observe what tools I use, and try to figure out why I use them, then generalise and question my observations.
And the results are on this page. All the papers below are still in draft, but most are readable. Consider them in 'pre-alpha', they are not ready for beta testing, but if they provide some value and you can tolerate their obvious bugs then that is great.
We have 4 papers, Alternative tools in X:
And you can download the presentation slides as pdf.
There are extract movies showing a subset of the tools in action. These are the movies used during the presentation.
The session movies are on a page here. These are flash exports and most should be viewable over a modem connection. The largest is 3meg in size.
I only actually presented the first 5 or 6 slides, but the complete presentation acts as a summary of the information in the papers.
This paper documents my thoughts on Alternative Tools, in general:
In order to come to any conclusions, I did some testing. This documents the test sessions that I conducted, the tools used and makes various observations on the user of tools. Topics Covered Include:
I have extracted and edited out information about some of the tools into smaller movies for use during the presentation, these are available here.
These movies are edited views of the test sessions that were conducted. I don't use these movies during the presentation but if you want to see any of the tools that I mention in action then this is the place to look.
These are flash exports and most should be viewable over a modem connection.