Why the Software Testing Club Will (Statistically) Make You Rich

I recently performed an exhaustive study of the effects of Software Testing Club access on average income of software testers. For practical purposes, I limited my study to all testers I know within 500 km of my workplace in San Antonio, Texas. Since I am the only tester I personally know within 500 km of my workplace, this made survey data collection and participant interviews convenient to capture.

The first task in performing this study was to determine the timeframes for taking the statistical samples. To insure the baseline sample was unbiased, I randomly chose only those times that I was actively accessing the STC site. I then compared my income during that baseline sample to my average income over multiple timeframes following to see if there were any significant increases in my income.

When do I visit STC?

1. At lunch
2. On weekend mornings
3. On holidays
4. When I am in between jobs

To insure consistency, I correlated the initial study timeframe to the future timeframe.

Baseline Timeframes evaluated:
1 hour
1 day
3 days
1 month

Future timeframes evaluated:
1 hour later
1 day later
3 days later
1 month later

I was surprised to find that comparison across multiple timeframes indicated dramatic increases in my income in at least some of those timeframes in almost every access to the Software Testing Club. Based on that, I can only conclude that participating in the Software Testing Club will eventually make you rich. Just think of all the other test-related metrics we could apply this approach. Maybe I'll create a tool to automatically generate those metrics to get the results faster and cheaper.

This blog was inspired by a book that I recently read called "The Improbability Principle" by David J. Hand. Any thoughts? 

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Comment by Boipelo Mawasha on July 8, 2014 at 16:29

This post just put a smile on my face. A good read hahaha

Comment by Jeff Lucas on May 27, 2014 at 19:58
Chad - Noooooooooooo! They keep pulling me back in!
Comment by Chad Patrick on May 27, 2014 at 16:39

I knew you were a closet-metric fan! Welcome to the club!

Comment by Jeff Lucas on May 27, 2014 at 15:39
Comment by Ian Hodgetts on May 27, 2014 at 15:18

...and 72.8% of statistics are made up on the spot! ;-)

Comment by kinofrost on May 27, 2014 at 14:05
Comment by Kate Paulk on May 27, 2014 at 11:13

Sadly, this doesn't surprise me! Abuse of statistics is everywhere - here you've explicitly listed your "study" conditions (and you must have had so much fun generating a "study" where not one of your conditions is statistically valid...) and yet...

I want  to see that money too! :)

Comment by Jeff Lucas on May 27, 2014 at 9:17

Rashid - That is a very good point. Now find the other 99 problems layered into this analysis. BTW, this looks ridiculous but provides some examples of actual test metric analysis I have seen. :)

Comment by Rashid Ogunbambi on May 27, 2014 at 8:54

Hi Jeff, 

Whilst the title of your blog makes a captivating read, its contents does not explicitly explain how STC can make one rich (statistically) as you so succinctly put it. Are you telling us that visiting STC for a few moments at a particular point on any day is the catalyst for this or what exactly is it??? 

Comment by Jeff Lucas on May 25, 2014 at 19:41

Due to privacy concerns, all income data was randomized to protect participants as a part of this survey. Actual results may vary. Also, not valid in areas outside the survey area. Oh, and void where prohibited.


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