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Software Testing with Visual Studio by Jeff Levinson

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4. Executing Manual Tests

In Chapter 1, “State of Testing,” one of the goals mentioned for the Visual Studio 2010 family of products was the no-more-no-repro scenario. The first step in this process is to run tests in a repeatable fashion and to file “actionable” bugs. What is an actionable bug? It is a bug that the developers can act on, which means that the bug can be fixed with the available information in a reasonable period of time. Today, much of the problem is that developers are not exactly the happiest people in the world when someone comes to them and says, “We found a bug in screen x, please fix it,” and then walk away. That’s not actionable; that’s a recipe for wasting hours of developer time.

For testers to file actionable bugs, ...

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