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Famous Movie Quotes applied to Software Engineering - Cool Hand Luke

I thought it might be a bit fun to do a series of blog posts where we take a famous movie quote, and apply it somehow to QA/Testing or even the software engineering life-cycle.

This is one famous movie quote, and I think it applies greatly to Engineering in general (or anywhere in fact)! I don't think a week has gone by in my career where I couldn't have uttered the following:

What we have here is a failure to communicate (Cool Hand Luke)

I saw this quote (although I haven't seen the film), and I don't even think it needs any explanation....

But I'll explain anyways! I would say that 80% of problems that are in a workplace are down to a failure in communication, if a bug is found, a failure to communicate the effects of the bug properly can lead to a false severity, or a false priority. That's not the only time when a failure to communicate can be damaging, especially for QA, but a failure to communicate when understanding requirements or when explaining what you are testing can lead to a misunderstanding and unnecessary confusion.

Stay tuned for more quotes from top films such as Top Gun, Casablanca, Forrest Gump and more!

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  1. "I'll be back".
    That infamous bug that keeps on returning because the regressions tests don't cover it.

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    1. Ha, that's a good one! I hadn't thought of that one... I had thought of one from the same film though, but I'll share that at a later date!

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  2. What would you link to 'I think we're going to need a bigger boat'?

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    1. http://www.testingthewaterhouse.com/2013/08/youre-gonna-need-bigger-boat-jaws.html

      You read my mind!

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  3. That quote is wrong. What he said was "what we have here is 'failure to communicate' "

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  4. Pleasantly surprised to see this meshwork of amazing words.
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