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November 2016

Testing with FIRE

Updated April 25th, 2023
For years now, I've held the belief that effective automated test suites have four essential attributes. These attributes have been referenced by other authors, and were the subject of a talk I gave at the Agile 2009 conference. But I was shocked to discover (that is, remember) that the only place they are formally documented is in my Continuous Testing book [Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2011], which is now out of date, out of print, and totally inaccessible to most of the Internet. And so, I'm capturing these four attributes here. I intend to treat this as a living document, updating it as my understanding of these attributes evolves.

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