So the question I have for you is why do *want* there to be a value proposition? I understand that you want to achieve SOX auditability, but I’ve spent more than a little time investigating SOX compliance and doing SOX compliant testing and I see no reason where recording actual results and recommendations (for example) wouldn’t count as auditable.
In fact, the easiest way to make it all auditable is to simply use a screen recorder to record all testing sessions and annotate the recordings with defect report numbers in appropriate locations.
The point is, that there is a strong case to be made that expected results actually causes inattentional blindness in testers (i.e. they ONLY look for what they were instructed to look for and miss significant defects as a result). It would seem to me that a little “out-of-the-box” thinking could result in a way to resolve the auditability question without the risk of sacrificing the quality of testing.
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