Last Monday (27 May) I presented on the history of software testing for the Community of Practice Testing of Capgemini in the Netherlands. It was a pleasant evening and the auditorium was filled with a good and eager crowd. Among those present were Eric Roeland and Eddy Bruin. The presentation is entitled History Class – For software testers. Its aim is to make testers a bit more aware of the background of our craft.
To summarize the 37 slides: everything you know about testing right now was invented in the 1970’s (or earlier). And now a bit more seriously: the history of software testing is all about the vantage point. Not so long ago I argued that the history is mainly used as a sales argument. My point of view on the history should also be regarded as such. History is a difficult field.
One remark I got on the history and my take on the history of context-driven testing was that (traditional) software testing and context-driven testing may have totally different starting points. From a philosophical point of view, there is a certain amount of truth in that. Context-driven testing is based on a different set of (scientific) concepts. I am going to develop this idea.
Until then, these are the slides of my presentation. Hope you can make sense of them.