I addressed some clarifying questions yesterday, but I thought of another one: What kind of answer are you looking for?
Most of the answers we’ve had so far have been comprehensive – “here are all the test cases I would run.” Those tend to take a very long time to do, and several people have replied to me with something like “oh, I don’t have time.”
Well, that’s fine. Two other kinds of answers could be short “here’s a summary of the areas I’d look into” or immediate “here’s what I would do /first/, and I would use feedback to guide my direction.”
If you give a short answer, I’m not going to say “aha! You missed this!” that would be counter to my intentions and not be to your benefit.
I’m looking for a wide variety of answers. Summary, Immediate, or Comprehensive are all fine. One more chance …
UPDATE: Alan Page’s “How We Test Software At Microsoft” is supposed to be available by pre-order from Amazon today. If you want something to buy your boss for Christmas, you could get either that or Weinberg’s “Perfect Software And Other Illusions of Software Testing“, which is in stock right now.