Michael Bolton, developsense.com
To test is to compose, edit, narrate, and justify two stories. One is a story about the product–what it does, how it does it, how it works, and how it might not work–in ways that matter to your clients. The other is a story about your testing–how you came to know and understand the product story. The testing story comprises several crucial elements–how you designed your tests; how you configured, operated, observed and evaluated the product; what you haven’t tested yet or won’t test at all; why what you did was good enough and what you haven’t done isn’t so important. Of course, the story must be a true account of the testing work. To build the tests and the story expertly requires a skill that we call test framing.
In this workshop, we’ll discover, discuss, and practice aspects of test framing–designing tests, evaluating the results, telling the testing story, and making the connection between the testing mission and the test performed, in an unbroken chain of narration, logic, and justification of cost versus value.
When the workshop is completed, the attendees will be able to:
- Learn test framing’s role in fulfilling the testing mission and explaining testing to our clients.
- Identify the elements of test framing.
- Practice constructing and describing the chain of logic that structures and informs a test.
- Use test framing to debrief and coach new testers
Target audience: Intermediate
Michael Bolton, 2011 Workshop