Sunday, August 9, 2009

Trio Testing at a distance - Part 1

Testers involved:
Ajay Balamurugadas, Sharath Byregowda and M V Manoj

Website Tested:

To find bugs.

Start Time:
Aug 09 2009, 0022hrs IST

End Time:
Aug 09 2009, 0145hrs IST

About the website:
TinyURL is a web service that provides short aliases for redirection of long URLs. Kevin Gilbertson, a web developer, launched the service in January 2002 so that he would be able to link directly to newsgroup postings which frequently had long and cumbersome addresses.

Our Testing Session highlights:
The entire session was conducted over Group Chat on Gmail.
We started our search for a software to test around 1145hrs on Aug 08th 2009.
The search continued for an hour with Eyeos, Barcode4J and Piwik grabbing our attention.

Lack of prerequisites for the above softwares forced us to test TinyURL.

Bugs were communicated to the group as and when they were found.
The tests were based on learning from the tests conducted by the other testers.

Sharath's tests focussed on the security issues. Wish we had a proxy network setup. He'd have loved to test on a proxy network.

Manoj's tests focussed on the usability and Custom Alias feature. He highlighted the disadvantages of using Custom alias feature.

I focussed on the general functionality of the website.

It was fun testing coupled with good learning for me.
Though the testing session lasted for over an hour, the lessons gained would be for a long time. Thanks to Sharath and Manoj for their determination and passion at odd hours of Sunday.

Please find the testing report shared at Scribd.

If you would like to participate in such testing on weekends, drop an email to me at :