I am a student at Georgia Tech doing an analysis of manual testing tools. It is important for me to get actual tester feedback on programs. Please complete the survey found at the link below. I really appreciate it!
While only a small portion of the tools you list on the survey are used for manual testing (there are some that are not related to manual or automated testing at all...) you are not mentioning even a small portion of the tools used for manual testing.
I'd recommend you do a bit of homework and consultation on the subject...
I'm with Joel, many of the tools that most people might use are either wrapped up in the company that made them or are missing entirely. Your industry list is also limited, what about those of us who work on Productized Software for Consumers, where should that be?
Nothing learns better than experience.
"So as I struggle with this issue I am confronted with the reality that noting is perfect."
I agree, with Joe on the confusion. This is where you get the wrath of QA [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I'm telling you right now, you'll probably get some good survey data, but collect these nuggets too and you could almost compile a report on a) the psychological effects of poorly constructed surveys or b) how cranky testers are.
I'll make a couple comments.
1) grab a commonly-accepted Industry list from a site, like from one of these testing tools webites, which specifically targets software industries.
2) There's nothing wrong with a 1 to 5 rating system as long as you explain it.
On one of the questions you asked whether I thought the tool was Reliable and easy, reliable and accurate, accurate and easy (the middle option). Then the next best option was "Typically reliable, accurate and easy." I'm telling you, I really wasn't sure how to respond on this one. Is "typically" better or worse that something that doesn't make mention of the frequency of it's reliability?
3) Don't try to ask 3 questions at once.
On the same topic as above, why not break down the question into 3 questions? This is a reliable product: Strongly Disagree | Disagree | Somewhat Agree | Agree | Strongly Agree
This is an accurate product:
This is an easy/intuitive product (a beginner could use it out of box):
Same goes for the question about how useful/expensive the product is.
This product is extremely useful:
How expensive is a license?
Very Expensive | Expensive | Somewhat Expensive | Inexpensive | Free
The product is a good value for the money.
Ok, I'm going to stop now. Just a rant. If it's for stats class, you need to work on it. If it's for Psych 101, good job [img]/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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