I suppose now I could be a little bit more serious.
When I look at this lovely, blue, plastic chair, a few questions come to mind.
- How easy is it to clean this chair? As someone who tends to leave plastic furniture outside, the dirt and grime can reach epic proportions. If there are nooks and crannies on the chair, all manners of beasts can find a good home in these chairs. So prior to use, I want to clean them.
- Are they child-proof? As someone who might have children, could I leave my child and this chair alone in a room and expect the chair to survive the experience? To up the ante, I could even give the child a screwdriver. (What, OSHA? Never heard of it!)
- How weather-proof are the metal bits? Again, I tend to store plastic-and-metal things in a damp environment, such as a shed. Should I expect cracks and rust on the metal parts? (especially screws and joints, those are often overlooked in furniture)
- If I sit in this chair for several hours, will I hate my life? In my experience, this sort of chair is mostly used for gatherings in places where gatherings don’t often happen, such as town-halls in gyms. That means that someone will be sitting in it for long periods of times. If someone sits in this chair, will it be comfortable? What if they have back trouble? Knee trouble?
Then there are other questions, such as “How many of these chairs may I test?” If I get one chair, it will be a very short testing session. As a hardware tester, I frequently get one sample to test on, and if I break it, I have to fix it, which is often more expensive than getting a second sample. In the past, I have convinced management that prototypes and 0-series products to be ordered in “more than we think we need, usually by a factor of two”
Another potential question is “How are these chairs made?” Such as, if there are welds, then are these done by hand or by machine? The information may not affect what I test, but it does affect the conclusion.