Notes from a context-driven tester
We call ourself context-driven testers. Since you are reading this we assume you like the ideas about rapid testing. Maybe you like to do test sessions on your own or in pairs. You feel that exploring a product is very effective for finding problems and you are really bothered by running test cases with detailed steps. At the same time there is a need to keep track of what you and your colleagues are doing without reverting to the old methods of counting test cases and bugs. No need to worry, there are plenty of ways to both plan, execute and report a more exploratory way of testing. It may be different from what you are used to but it is not harder.
Instead of obsessing about detailed test cases we try to find a better way of preparation. This may be in the form of a mind-map, a test charter or a list of test ideas. Most of the time we believe that the detailed procedures found in test cases are an obstacle for efficient testing. We don´t mind details – just the wrong details in the wrong place.
When executing tests we prefer to do it in sessions. This means that we sit down uninterrupted and focus totally on what we are doing. It is a bit exhausting at times but very rewarding and it is great to feel the flow! Best of all – it is fun!
As a test manager you are required to report status to the team and to your project manager. Instead of handing out detailed description of bug counts we rise a level and use the low-level dashboard. It has less detail but gives a better view of what is really going on. We count sessions but we also analyse them in detail in regular debriefings. We know very well what is going on! We feel more part of a team than a separate function. We practice explaining why a bug might be serious for a user and we work on building working relationships with developers.
This class presents some key elements for managing an exploratory team of testers. Regardless of you are a tester or a test manager – this is a golden opportunity of learning more about how to manage an efficient test team. Is presented to you by the man who has done the most thinking, discussing, writing and fighting on the subject the last 15 years.
Torbjörn Ryber, Fearless Consulting and Claremont AB.
The fee is 11 900 SEK + VAT. (coffee and lunch included)
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Latest by October 28, 2011