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Software in Use

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Karen N. Johnson’s chapter from Beautiful Testing published by O’Reilly in 2008 describes how her professional experience intersected with her personal life while testing medical software. This roughly 15-page chapter can be read by beginning to advanced software testers, and even by people who don’t work with computer software. Karen describes her own experience testing medical software in a regulated software environment where a mix of scripted and exploratory testing practices were used. The chapter outlines what multiuser testing is and why testing with that perspective was so important for the product under test. Her chapter shares the experience of working in a scientific lab and the attempts to test with simulated real usage.


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Karen N. Johnson

Karen is an independent software test consultant. Her client work is often centered on helping organizations at an enterprise level. In recent years, she has helped companies transitioning to Agile software development. While focused on software testing and predominantly working with the testers throughout an organization, Karen helps teams and organizations improve quality overall. Her professional activities include speaking at conferences both in the US and internationally. Karen is a contributing author to the book, Beautiful Testing by O’Reilly publishers. She is the co-founder of the WREST workshop, the Workshop for Regulated Software Testing. She has published numerous articles; she blogs and tweets about her experiences. Find her on Twitter as @karennjohnson (note the two n’s) and her website:

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