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Pro Web Project Management by Chris Steins, Justin Emond

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Quality Assurance and Testing

The Developer Who Refused to Test

Cathy is a programmer for a five-person web development firm. She enjoys her work, although she feels that often there is too little time allocated for her to complete her work.

Cathy has noticed in the past several months that the company's lead developer has been asking her to come up with estimates for specific tasks, and then includes another 20% of her time for “testing.” Cathy is often optimistic about writing code—it is fun, after all—and does not always guess the appropriate amount of time a task will take.

This week Cathy estimated it would take her 3 days to develop a ...

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