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Re: Difference between consulting and testing

From: Kerstin Probiesch <k.probiesch@googlemail.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Nov 2011 08:02:13 +0100
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Cc: Kerstin Probiesch <k.probiesch@googlemail.com>, Eval TF <public-wai-evaltf@w3.org>
To: Alistair Garrison <alistair.j.garrison@gmail.com>
Hi Alistair, all,

for an "institutional" seperating of Consulting and Testing I'm not sure. It has of course advantages. But even a pure testing organisation or a tester might favorize some techniques for others. I see it more in the context of different roles:

In the role of a consultant the person it is important to recommend the "best" (usable, ..., ...) sufficient technique for a given web page or process and so on. In the role of a tester it is "just" important wether the SC is met or not. I agree with Alistair in so far as a final test should not provide corrective consultances. Apart from a final test we can have the case of a "consultancy test" as a part of a development process. This one I think can include corrective consultancies but then even when the person is testing he is in the role of a  consultant. But it's a thin red line the more a development process comes to the "end".

Probably it is as Richard pointed out a bit too early for this. But I think we have to keep it in mind and should describe the problems which could arise when mixing these levels.

Best

Kerstin














Am 02.11.2011 um 19:40 schrieb Alistair Garrison <alistair.j.garrison@gmail.com>:

> Hi Kerstin, 
> 
> I agree...
> 
> Organisations offering testing should, to my mind, be independent and impartial - free from any commercial, financial and other pressures which might influence technical judgement (being paid just for the testing they undertake).  They should offer test results, without corrective consultancy.  
> 
> Precisely the same model for testing organisations is mirrored across many industries.  Take for example car safety testing centres in the UK (MOT centres) - which are independent and impartial - they do testing, but don't offer car services or repair any vehicles.
> 
> All the best 
> 
> Alistair
> 
> On 2 Nov 2011, at 18:11, Kerstin Probiesch wrote:
> 
>> Hi all,
>> 
>> I suggest that we write a small chapter in our methodology about the
>> difference between consulting and testing. One important point  I see
>> is, that in a consulting process one can recommend those techniques
>> which are oder might be the best for a given web page. One can also
>> recommend favorised technique/s for an SC. While testing a web page,
>> it is not important which techniques are the best or wether a web
>> developer has used techniques the consultant favors. The only thing
>> which is important is: Is the SC met or not? Therefore it is necessary
>> to keep these two "levels" strictly apart and necessary that a tester
>> is testing a web page in a dispassionate and sober attitude.
>> 
>> Thoughts?
>> 
>> Best
>> 
>> Kerstin
>> 
>> 
>> 
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