Happy Limerick Day! (May 12th)

The CEO where I currently work sent around the following note by email at the start of today:
Today is Limerick day. A limerick is a five-line poem with a strict form (AABBA rhyming), which intends to be witty or humorous, and is sometimes obscene with humorous intent.

Here is one from me (if you respond in kind let's stay away from the "obscene" part of the definition)!!

Of course, that challenge went answered and we have had a steady stream of limericks all day!  :)

Here were some of the ones I thought up between meetings and test sessions...

(The first one is on hiring testers:)

What is Quality?
How do you check the functionality?
Provide info in a timely fashion
Prefer those with passion
Most important, you need personality!

Doing good work takes time and thought
If you think testing is easy, it is not
We apply test techniques
To see what reeks
And help the stakeholders know what's hot.

In Exploratory Testing we Learn, Design, Test.
We believe no practices are "the best"
Context helps us decide
Which approaches are tried
Until we solve the problem we do not rest.

Jerry Weinberg is an important man
Of his work and ideas I am a big fan
He helped me to learn
People are the concern
So make helping them succeed the plan

Okay, so I'm not a poet. ;-)

Can you do better?  Leave some limericks in the comments and have fun! =)

Cheers!  Paul.


  1. I am ElizaF and I am a passionate software tester
    With great frequency, the business I do pester
    When I yell 'the software is broke',
    It gives the PM a near-stroke
    So he works very hard to keep me away from the corporate investor


  2. The life of a tester has trials
    And many don't walk down its aisle
    For those that dare tread
    Down the path of most dread
    They work with a smile on their dial

  3. Hey Paul, Eliza, & Anne-Marie, fun to read your testing limericks!

    Here's a handful I wrote for Limerick day, '07: http://testingjeff.wordpress.com/2007/05/11/limeuristics/


  4. There was a tester called Don
    Whose test cases ran to 1001
    when asked why
    he winked his eye
    and said he was paid for each one