Saturday, September 17, 2011

Meat industry parallels to software testing

Govt. to expand E. coli tests in meat - Meat industry says added testing too expensive

Notice the parallels to software "checking".

Cost:  The meat industry immediately opposed the move, saying it is too expensive to do the tests and there isn't enough benefit.
Prevention versus detection:  "USDA will spend millions of dollars testing for these strains instead of using those limited resources toward preventive strategies that are far more effective in ensuring food safety,"
 Problem Severity: "People get kidney failure, people die, people have long-term complications. The number the bug has isn't really relevant."
 Expanding customer expectations:  At least one consumer advocacy group said it wants the department to go even further.
Do you find that your software testing/checking faces similar pressures as the meat industry?
How do you react to those pressures?
If the E. coli bugs were software bugs, how would you react?


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