It can be where you pair up and two people work together on the same tests possibly on the same machine as in pair programming in XP. This can be done within different testing styles and in a number of ways. My preference is with Session Based Testing - using exploratory testing.
The other time is during code based testing within Agile projects and XP.
During the development phase, testers are paired with developers to perform buddy testing. As the developer completes each functionality, the associated tester tests the functionality in parallel with the developer doing unit testing. This is done before releasing for build.
So Linda is right, however I've also heard it used as Neill says also.
Originally posted by ljeanwilkin: I have a slightly different definition, but Neill and I are on different sides of the ocean, so...
Buddy testing, over here, often refers to pairing one tester with one developer. The tester tests what his "buddy" (the developer) produces.
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica">Linda, nope its not across the pond issue this time, it was a can be so it can be other things too, i was trying to avoid the context word so not to annoy Rich_W, i have also heard it used this way on XP projects [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] It's a choice thing.