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james bach commented on a post on Blogger.
What specifically about testing is a repetitive action? Typing? Clicking? I would like to know what specifically you are referring to, because I think there is some reasonable chance that what you want to point to will sort of evaporate as soon as you try to point to it.

For instance, maybe you think "writing a bug report" is one of those repetitive actions? But I don't think so. Apart from writing itself, which is not specific to testing or bug reporting, the general skills of bug reporting are not very interesting compared to the specific technical skills of investigating a specific bug, or the specific phrasings and issues that belong to a specific project. After about 10 bug reports any benefit of sheer repetition is outranked by the unique elements of each specific bug, it seems to me.

I am hard pressed to see much value in repetition of actions in testing. I do see the value of solving lots of different puzzles, though. This is not so much repetition, though, as it is experience and time in the process of puzzling-- a process that is diverse and lumpy and solving one puzzle doesn't necessarily make you better at solving others.
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james bach commented on a post on Blogger.
I don't understand what it means to say that a survey represents the views of those who responded. Since we don't know who those people were (are they competent to have a view?), or how they interpreted the questions, or how much care they took in answering... I know that I can't make meaning out of that. Furthermore, the value of a survey that samples a population is partly in how well it represents the people who were NOT surveyed. In this case, we can draw no conclusion about that.

Seems to me what a handful of unspecified people of with unknown agenda and unknown investment in the truth even of their own situations say about the state of the practice is not information I can use for any practical purpose.

If each of those people write a blog post, though, perhaps that would be something. Thanks for the blog post.
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james bach commented on a post on Blogger.
But why write anything like this at ALL? How about don't write test cases and instead test your product?

There are lots of ways to document test ideas that are simpler and less expensive, and also help testers better engage their minds in test design.
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