Sausages, laws, and software—watching them being made can be pretty messy. Hopefully the previous three chapters haven’t scared you off.
Many software testers have come into a project not knowing what was happening around them, how decisions were being made, or what procedure they should be following. It’s impossible to be effective that way. With the information you’ve learned so far about software testing and the software development process, you’ll have a head start when you begin testing for the first time. You’ll know what your role should be, or at least know what questions to ask to find your place in the big picture.
For now, all the process stuff is out of the way, and the next chapter of this book begins a new section that will introduce you to the basic techniques of software testing.