A Whodunit? Testing Lessons from the Great Detectives

  • Apr 26, 2011 · 6:00 PM
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A Whodunit? Testing Lessons from the Great Detectives

Summary: What can we learn from Sherlock Holmes, Quincy, Joe Friday, Dick Tracy, Lt. Colombo, MacGyver, and other famous detectives to help your team become great testers? Holmes used deductive reasoning — a must for bug isolation and exploratory testing. Quincy’s forte was forensic analysis — perfect for cause-and-effect testing. Friday was persistent and regimented — practical for process-oriented software QA. Dick Tracy would employ a head-on attack to find nasty bugs. Colombo would trick the system into revealing a defect by acting naïve. And MacGyver would adapt available tools and resources to creatively solve testing problems. Robert Sabourin examines the persona of great detectives and how you can apply their approaches to test real-world testing applications for Web, e-commerce, and all complex IT software projects. Help your test team become great detectives, too!


Robert Sabourin, P. Eng.


Robert Sabourin has more than twenty-eight years of management experience, leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has managed trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. The author of I am a Bug!, the popular software testing children’s book, Robert is an adjunct professor of Software Engineering at McGill University.  Robert is the principle consultant (&president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc.



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  • Marta

    Rob is a very charismatic speaker, and his enthusiasm and perspective were well received. Great presentation!

    May 6, 2011

  • Cheryl K.

    Good speaker. Interesting topic that he obviously enjoyed speaking about.

    April 27, 2011

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    A former member

    Excellent speaker! Thank you.

    April 26, 2011

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