Imagine that the city has just have a ton of snow – a solid layer everywhere. The snow plows come out – first they take the highways, then the main roads, the bus roads, the side roads. They miss the private roads and pedestrian streets, but that’s OK – because they get the city started.

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Smoke Testing vs. Sanity Testing: What You Really Need to Know | Michael Bolton | Nov 2011]

Both smoke testing and sanity testing refer to a first-pass, shallow form of testing intended to establish whether a product or system can perform the most basic functions.

Snow plow testing  is my usual way to avoid the Smoke test/Sanity test discussion. That is until I had to explain it to my Indian colleagues … they had never seen snow. For all they knew, it could as well have been the Black Viper Testing Technique.

We re-framed the activity to Test environment check – the early morning (Danish time) activity of taking the high-way scenarios in the system complex. Day after day it proved to be a very useful activity in many ways – all though it never cleared all the snow…