Top positive review
July 13, 2003
I purchased this text while researching automated testing for my Master's paper. Mosley and Posey focus on the pragmatic aspects of implementing automated testing. Since the focus of my paper was on justifying software testing automation, I particularly apprectiated their straight forward arithmetic on tool justification. However, they go even further to address where the cost justification actually exists in areas where it may not be as obvious. This book, however, does not put a great deal of emphasis on the administrative methodology surrounding software development. It tells you this up front and addresses key success factors to implementing automated testing (ie don't automate the testing of something that's not completed or working.)
The only quirk I found in the book was the diatribe against the benefit of CMM or knowledge of other models. I understand their point, which is that these models don't really add value to the hands on aspect of testing or developing software. However, from personal experience, I have seen a greater tendency in developers to consider many of the points they make if their background includes an appreciation for the types of things that should happen in a mature organization.