Closing the loop on testing.

David Farning dfarning at
Wed Feb 3 18:43:44 GMT 2010

I also wanted to add Thomas to this thread.

Much of the level of testing that we need to move forward is happen
based on his reports about "Trying to run USR on VirtualBox." The
types of testing that he is doing is the level we currently need to
get USR "Easy enough to use."

The goal is daily release of the .iso and a .vmdk necessary to import
a VirtualBox USR VM in a single step. We are getting closer....


On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 7:59 AM, Caroline Meeks
<caroline at> wrote:
> I wanted to check in on how this is going.
> Thanks
> On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 7:06 AM, <dfarning at> wrote:
>> I just wanted to close the loop on the method behind the madness of the
>> smoke tests.
>> Last semester we found that it was very difficult to generate good bug
>> report while in the classroom.  I would go as far as to say that many of the
>> reports from the GPA did as much harm as good.  (I consider it a lesson
>> learned)  The A room full of squirmy kids who are hungry or need to go potty
>> it is not the _optimal_ time for generating good bug reports.
>> The smoke test provides test for many of the common things which happen in
>> a classroom, yet allows testers and debuggers to work through the issues in
>> a more controlled setting.  Once a release passes the smoke test, it gives
>> teachers a level of confidence that it is ready for further testing in the
>> field.
>> What we want to do is create a process where we gradually add variables to
>> the testing process as we get more and more bugs worked out.
>> The interesting results of the last couple of weeks were _not_ the bug
>> reports themselves, but the feed back that the installation methods, bug
>> reporting methods, and documentation pages were so poor that tester were
>> unable to get things working well enough in a class period to generate bug
>> reports.
>> Hopefully, the new VirtualBox VM and improved organization on Launchpad
>> and the wiki will help.... always keep the feed back coming.  Jeff's
>> self-effacing style of criticism is particularly welcome after a long day:)
>> david
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