Perfect Software—And Other Illusions About Testing

Jerry Weinberg’s latest book, Perfect Software—And Other Illusions About Testing is now available from Dorset House Publishing <>. Here’s what some early reviewers had to say about the book:

“Finally! A book about software testing written by someone who actually understands software testing. I consider Jerry to be the greatest living tester. Jerry tests everything. Jerry tests me. . . . It’s been forty-seven years since Weinberg first wrote on software testing, and his ideas today are still ahead of their time. Read this and get your head straight about testing.”
—James Bach, consulting software tester, author of Lessons Learned in Software Testing

“This concise and cogent book—a gift to testers—explodes myths about what testing can and can’t do.  We’ll each want at least two copies—one for our own bookshelves, and another to hand to our clients so that they can better understand precisely how we can help them.”
—Michael Bolton, tester, trainer, and consultant, DevelopSense

“If the wiring in your brain needs a better programming and testing, read this.”
—Pradeep Soundararajan, consulting tester, author of Tester Tested! blog

“Perfect Software will be a tremendous asset to anyone who tests software and keeps having to explain what testing can and cannot do. Engagingly as always, Jerry Weinberg explains the essence of testing for anyone to understand. He makes a compelling case for doing enough testing—but not too much. I can’t wait to give Perfect Software to all my clients!
—Fiona Charles, test consultant and columnist

About Gerald M. Weinberg

For more than 50 years, Jerry (Gerald M.) Weinberg has worked on transforming software organizations. He is author or co-author of many articles and books, including The Psychology of Computer Programming. His books cover all phases of the software life-cycle. They include Exploring Requirements, Rethinking Systems Analysis and Design, The Handbook of Walkthroughs, Inspections, and Technical Reviews, and General Principles of System Design. His books on leadership include Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting, More Secrets of Consulting, and the Quality Software Management four-volume series. His book, Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, appeared in 2005. His first techno-thriller novel, The Aremac Project (Dorset House), will appear in 2007. Email Jerry or visit to read excerpts of the Shape Forum. Picture (c)2004 Steven M. Smith
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