‘Blinders’ in Software Testing

People do not so often hear about the ‘blinders’ effect, they are more frequently faced this problem and try to avoid it in every possible way. The ‘blinders’ – some limitations in the thinking and information perception. Such limits are caused by the existed prerequisites and other people’s experience borrowing.

Software testing company is also faced the ‘blinders’ effect in its activity.  This phenomenon is rather complex. The ‘blinders’ may both promote and prevent one or other functions performance.

There are two types of ‘blinders’: formal and informal. The ‘formal blinders’ are related to the groups of specialists which are responsible for the certain aspects of some processes and execute the specified tasks. It includes developers, testers, sales managers, project managers, and so on.


Software testing, as a certain area of the IT sphere, involves the formation and the development of some principles, standards, and approaches to the system checking process. Keeping of certain principles and neglecting of all others are ‘informal blinders’.

What Are the Advantages of the ‘Blinders’ Effect?

  • The narrow thinking and activity are often a key to the successful formation of the specialists’ team. For the testers which have a general idea about one or another notion or aspect, it is easier to find the common ground. As a result, manual testing or automated testing will be more effective.
  • The ‘blinders’ may promote the effort consolidation of each test team member. The specialists share the common goals and are ready to lay themselves out in order to achieve them.
  • With a view to the previous item, the ‘blinders’ maintain the well-organized support system between the team members.
  • Each type of checking, for example, user interface testing, means an obligated effective communication among the members of the product development and testing process. Rather often exactly the ‘blinders’ ensure the easy communication and the mutual understanding between the specialists.