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Chapter 15. Testing > Getting Ready to Test

Getting Ready to Test

The following are some tips to get you started:

  • Plan. Don't even approach a project until you've created a basic outline.

  • Test everything. Never assume something works—even if it seems like a trivial part of your project. All it takes is one mistake to bring your movie to a screeching halt.

  • Test often. Don't wait until your project is nearing completion—test at every opportunity. It's much easier to isolate problems if you know your movie was working five minutes ago.

  • Fix bugs in an orderly fashion. Don't attempt to fix a bunch of bugs at the same time. It's best to fix one or two problems at a time, and then test after each. After all, you don't want to create any new bugs in the process.

  • Get a second opinion. Sometimes you're too close to a project to spot problems. One of the best things you can do is have someone else test your project. Because this person doesn't know what to expect, he or she may stumble upon problems you might have otherwise overlooked. Encourage your testers to be brutal and diligent—and don't get upset if they provide some unsolicited opinions about design and functionality along the way. Swallow your pride and listen: Their opinions may be those of your target audience.


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