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The Valley of Success




The Valley of Success

In general, I dislike analogies when it comes to testing. Anything that starts with “testing is like…” Specifically, I hate mountain climbing analogies. They are always used to represent achievement in the face of something daunting, and there’s always a chasm of some kind that you have to cross along the way. The analogy always breaks down because testing is a continuous activity; there is no “top,” no ultimate achievement that can’t be undone by something released tomorrow. I think this analogy is the opposite of how we should think about testing, so I’ve come up with an analogy that is both more apt and more generalizable: The Valley of Success.