Regular visitors of the uTest blog will recall our short-lived ”Tester Challenge” series, which aired for a brief time in 2011 before being cancelled by some stodgy network executives. If it could happen to The Ben Stiller Show, it could happen to any program. Well today, I’m pleased to announce that the series has been relaunched on the uTest Forums. The Tester Challenge series, that is. Sorry Ben Stiller fans.
Our new Tester Challenges Forum is designed to push the boundaries of testers’ creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. So if you’re looking for a puzzle, riddle, testing challenge, or even a tough interview question, you can find it here.
As a sneak preview, I wanted to share one of the recent challenges submitted by a member of our testing community. Take a look:
The logic of this one can be a little tricky, but the really tricky bit is explaining your reasoning, so this is a challenge for both your logic and communication skills:
- There are 3 boxes in front of you
- One box contains only red balls
- One box contains only blue balls
- One box contains both red & blue balls
- There 3 labels (“only red”, “only blue” and “red & blue”) and one label is stuck on each box
- The labels are applied incorrectly (so the contents of a box does not match the label on the box)
- You may pull one ball at a time from any box
The question – What is the minimum number of balls you would need to pull from boxes in order to correctly identify which label belongs on which box? And, for the communication side of things – please explain the reasoning behind the “minimum number” you have chosen.
Thnk you have the answer? Share it in the comments section or answer the riddle in the uTest Forums.