4 Books Which I’ve Found Useful for my Testing

 1. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I heard from quite a few people how beneficial this book was for them. About six or seven years ago, I tried to read it, but couldn’t get into it – then I tried again about two years ago and really enjoyed it.

It’s an intense read and focuses a lot on cognitive biases – a lot of which I come across in day-to-day testing.

2. Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context Driven Approach by Cem Kaner, James Michael Bach and Bret Petticord

While this book was written almost 20 years ago, a lot of the lessons still apply today. There’s A LOT of useful advice you can apply.

Strongly suggest you get a copy and then use it as a reference when the need arises.

The great thing about this book is that it’s split into almost 300 lessons – so you can fairly easily pick it up and put it down.

My highlights include:

  • Lesson 9: You will not find all the bugs
  • Lesson 25: All testing is based on models
  • Lesson 57: Make your bug report an effective sales tool
  • Lesson 111: Consider what bugs you aren’t finding when you automate tests

3. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug

I’d been meaning to read this book for years, so when I saw that my local library had a copy, I immediately reserved a copy.
It was interesting to read about all these different aspects of design, that I had taken for granted. It was also very useful to learn design-related vocabulary and concepts – so hopefully in the future I can use these, if and when needed.

4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Given that I work with a lot of people who (seem to me) are introverts and a few of my friends are introverts, I thought this would be a good read so I can better understand them.
It argues strongly that the world does seem to favour those who are more vocal – and I agree.
But that doesn’t make it right. I think it’s important that everyone’s opinions are heard.

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