It may surprise you to learn that Microsoft employs as many software testers as developers. Less surprising is the emphasis the company places on the testing discipline—and its role in managing quality across a diverse, 150+ product portfolio.
This book—written by three of Microsoft’s most prominent test professionals—shares the best practices, tools, and systems used by the company’s 9,000-strong corps of testers. Learn how your colleagues at Microsoft design and manage testing, their approach to training and career development, and what challenges they see ahead. Most important, you’ll get practical insights you can apply for better results in your organization.
Discover how to:
Design effective tests and run them throughout the product lifecycle
Minimize cost and risk with functional tests, and know when to apply structural techniques
Measure code complexity to identify bugs and potential maintenance issues
Use models to generate test cases, surface unexpected application behavior, and manage risk
Know when to employ automated tests, design them for long-term use, and plug into an automation infrastructure
Review the hallmarks of great testers—and the tools they use to run tests, probe systems, and track progress efficiently
Explore the challenges of testing services vs. shrink-wrapped software
Chapter 1 Software Engineering at Microsoft
The Microsoft Vision, Values and Why We "Love This Company!"
Microsoft Is a Big Software Engineering Company
Developing Big and Efficient Businesses
Working Small in a Big Company
Employing Many Types of Engineers
Being a Global Software Development Company
Chapter 2 Software Test Engineers at Microsoft
What’s in a Name?
Testers at Microsoft Have Not Always Been SDETs
I Need More Testers and I Need Them Now!
Learning How to Be a Microsoft SDET
The Engineering Career at Microsoft
Career Paths in the Test Discipline
Chapter 3 Engineering Life Cycles
Software Engineering at Microsoft
Shipping Software from the War Room
Summary: Completing the Meal
Chapter 4 A Practical Approach to Test Case Design
Alan Page is Director of Test Excellence where he oversees technical training and provides consulting for Microsoft testers. He's one of Microsoft's first Test Architects and has worked on various versions of Windows® and Windows CE.
Bj Rollison is a Test Architect on the Engineering Excellence team. Rollison worked on numerous product releases and later became Director of Test. He's also a trade-journal writer and conference speaker, and teaches testing at the university level.