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Looking Back

The world of software testing today is radically different than it was on this day a decade ago. On New Year's Day 2000 I had been a dedicated software tester for about three years. I was a leader on a team testing an application that provided location information to the dispatchers who handle 911 calls. I was intensely interested in the most progressive thinking about software testing available, because when we released a bug to production, someone could die because of it.

I remained interested in the most progressive thinking about software testing throughout the decade. Looking closely, we owe a vast debt to three people: James Bach, Bret Pettichord, and Brian Marick. If they didn't supply every breakthrough idea in software testing in the last decade, one of them was nearby when it happened.

There was a shot across the bow in 1996 when Bach published "Test Automation Snake Oil". This would be the first of a relentless assault on proprietary test t…