What 3 testing books would you recommend to a tester?

We asked on Twitter “What 3 testing books would you recommend to a tester?” Here are some of the replies - maybe a few to add to your reading list?

  • The Testability Book by Ash Winter and Rob Meaney is shaping up very nicely!
  • The Phoenix Project
  • Agile Testing - Lisa Crispin/Janet Gregory
  • Explore It! - Elisabeth Hendrickson
  • Perfect Software, And Other Illusions about Testing - Jerry Weinberg
  • “Designing Delivery” by Jeff Sussna.
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow
  • 50 Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests
  • Writing Great Specifications: Using Specification By Example and Gherkin
  • How Google Tests Software
  • Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Test Design by Dr Cem Kaner
  • Dear Evil Tester
  • Lessons Learned in Software Testing
  • More agile testing by Lisa Crispin & Janet Gregory
  • A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps by Katrina Clokie
  • Art of Deception
  • Art of Intrusion
  • Ghost in the Wires
  • “Ignorance: How it drives science” by Stuart Firestein
  • “Lateral Thinking” by Edward De Bono
  • “Influence: The psychology of persuasion” by Robert Cialdini
  • Perfect Software - And Other Illusions About Testing
  • How to test by Mike Talks
  • Thinking in Systems - a primer (meadows)
  • “The Invisible Gorilla” by Christopher Chabris/Daniel Simons
  • “The Design of Everyday Things” by Donald A. Norman
  • “How to Read a Book” by Mortimer Adler
  • “Perfect Software: and other illusions about Testing” by Gerald Weinberg
  • An Introduction to General Systems Thinking, Gerald M.Weinberg
  • Exploratory Software Testing, James A. Whittaker
  • Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach, Bret Pettichord, Cem Kaner, James bach
  • Pragmatic Software Testing: Becoming an Effective and Efficient Test Professional
  • Don’t Make Me Think
  • “Hands-On Mobile App Testing” by Daniel Knott
  • Beautiful Testing
  • Pragmatic programmer by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas.
  • “A practitioner’s guide to software test design” by Lee Copeland
  • Thank you for arguing
  • Patterns of enterprise application architecture
  • Agile testing a practical guide for testers and agile teams

Have you any more to add to the list?

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Evil by Design https://evilbydesign.info/

The Efficiency-Thoroughness Trade-Off recommended to me by @ns1

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The following 2 books are on my wishlist:

  • Exploratory Software Testing, James A. Whittaker
  • Lessons Learned in Software Testing: A Context-Driven Approach, Bret Pettichord, Cem Kaner, James Bach

I’d also suggest these 2 to add to the main list:

  • Mind Map Mastery: The Complete Guide to Learning and Using the Most Powerful Thinking Tony Buzan
  • Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques Michael Michalko
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So @danashby put together an awesome Trello board packed with books and resources to checkout. I’ve shared the link below:

https://trello.com/invite/b/WH2l8tCq/355af8bd59100a8b41d4fd6807867c8c/book-list-software-development-and-testing

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Thanks for sharing the link @mwinteringham!

@ Everyone Else - If you sign up to the trello board, please also feel free to add your own book recommendations for everyone else too! :slight_smile:

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