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Question: How Many Testers Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb? October 4, 2009

Posted by yvettefrancino in QA.

Answer: None. Software testers just noticed that the room was dark. Testers don’t fix the problems, they just find them.

Yes, this morning I’m taking the easy way out and using someone else’s humor.  However, this is one of those jokes that barely gets a courtesy laugh. I mean, come on! The tester does more than just notice the room is dark! He’d try the lightbulb in a different socket. He’d see if the electricity were out. He’d check to make sure the light switch were on. He’d find out whether the lightbulb ever worked or if it just stopped working because the developer decided a new lightbulb was needed and didn’t screw it in all the way.

I don’t know who performed the Quality Assurance on this joke, but I’d say their are quite a few defects with it.  But, even though I think the jokes on both the new Jester Tester site as well as the the original Jester Testers site are not exactly Seinfeld material, there were some that made me smile, like this one:

What does the little computer call it’s dad?

I’ll resist my natural urges to criticize this joke because it’s cute, even though it really isn’t about testing…  Oops. Nevermind.  Good joke.



1. Philk - October 4, 2009

Dont know if you are aware of it, but that tester joke inspired a (in)famous presentation by Cem Kaner.
See http://www.kaner.com/pdfs/pnsqc_kaner_bulbs.pdf

yvettefrancino - October 4, 2009

Great presentation, Phil! I wasn’t aware of this. Thanks for passing this along!

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