It's Christmas time at the Heusser household.
It's been a wonderful holiday, but I'm afraid it's time to get back to work.
Speaking of getting back to work, it's been months - nearly a year - since we discussed the GRR challenge
on this blog, right? And longer still since the activities widget challenge
I think it's time for a new one.
My friend Joel has a website, CreditCardTuneUp.com
. This is real, business software that is generating real revenue out on the public intarwebs. I have his legal permission to test it and lead testing exercises against it. Feel free to test away ... just do me a favor and don't write software that will artificially inflate the performance on his advertisers; I hear they tend to frown on that. :-)
I can think of at least Two ways to participate: You can test away and leave bugs or issues in the comments ... or create your own detailed strategy Joel should consider to regression-test the app, in which case you'll likely want to email me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) - or - better yet - share your idea with the world on blog post, putting a link to your post in the comments.
Now that I mention it, the Christmas season was disappointing to me in one way: I wanted to send some Hickory Farms gift baskets out, but they don't deliver to Germany -- and -- when I waited until the last day of free shipping, I found the website was overloaded and could not order. (Note: There is a testing lesson in there somewhere ...)
I still have a hankering to send a couple of gift baskets out.
So here's the deal - I'll reward the the best bug write-up in the comments, also the best test strategy, with a gift basket. Final decision will be by Jan 5th.
Outside of the US, we may need to find a different, but appropriate prize, like an Amazon gift card, a copy of "Beautiful Testing", or, you know, that "Cash" thing.
Come to think of it, that would work inside the US, too, especially for those who eat Kosher, Vegetarians and Vegans. I know, it's hard to imagine someone not being interested in Summer Sausage, Cheese and Crackers, but I hear it happens ...