How the Grinch Stole Scripting!

A Tester’s Winter Tale – “How the Grinch Stole Scripting!”
Every Tester in Testville liked testing a lot. But the Grinch, who sat north of Development – did not!

19 December 2011 – An IT adaptation of a popular children’s Christmas story has sparked much interest within the software testing community today. The famous story by author Dr. Seuss*; “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”, was given a modern IT revamp by leading Application Quality Management (AQM) vendor, Original Software, in a bid to highlight the way many businesses are forced to gamble with software quality.

According to Original Software, the difficulty of executing effective software testing has left businesses significantly exposed to the risk of gambling with their software quality. Taking risk is a necessary evil in order to obtain competitive advantage, especially in today’s economic climate. However, unmanaged risks in software development can have disastrous consequences. Application failures can lead to a loss of external and internal confidence, cause damage to brands and ultimately have a negative effect on revenue streams.

Borrowing the theme of the Grinch, Original Software offers pragmatic advice on achieving software quality, whilst illustrating the negative impact that current testing tools have had in the application quality lifecycle. Publishing this advice in the form of an “Original Insight”, the paper tells the story of the Grinch with a modern technological twist.

The newly entitled story: “A Tester’s Winter Tale – “How the Grinch Stole Scripting!” is aimed primarily at QA Management and focuses on software test automation. The opinion piece explains how removing the burden of code-based scripting, makes automation more widely achievable even by subject matter experts, and not limited to just developers and testers. The impact on IT development teams is reduced and in short, quality can become less of a risk.

“Original Software offers a solution that is not code-driven and requires no programming skills by users. This empowers all users to define and execute their tests without the need to use any kind of code,” says Colin Armitage, CEO at Original Software. “The application quality management process becomes even more efficient, enabling businesses to increase their test coverage during the delivery of business critical projects. This latest Original Insight was welcomed by the testing community during last week’s Special Interest Group on Testing, which took place in London. Not only does it communicate the benefits of using code-free automation, it also adds a little seasonal fun to the subject in the lead up to the holiday period,” adds Armitage.

“A Tester’s Winter Tale – “How the Grinch Stole Scripting!” is available for download at:

* Originally from the children’s story by author Dr. Seuss, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

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