Why Testing Is So Important

Olympic Failure

In 2012, the Olympics lost 1 out of every 10 tickets sold due to system crashes.

Repeat Offender

Healthcare.gov suffered a six hour outage on a Monday morning, five months AFTER the initial failed rollout of the site. I guess repeated national news coverage of the failure was not enough to convince the teams to perform proper testing.

Just a Glitch

Knight Capital, a firm that specializes in executing trades for retail brokers, took $440m in cash losses Wednesday due to a faulty test of new trading software. This morning reports were calling it a trading “glitch”, which isn’t nearly as accurate as the term I’d use: “****ing disaster”