I have been crazy busy this week mocking up a stack of designs for a new product. So, I haven’t had much time to explore the web for interesting links, unfortunately.
I did spend much of my weekend researching & reviewing session based test management [SBTM] material though (both for work purposes and for a side project) to produce a slide deck for an upcoming presentation.
So… I’m gonna cheat a little this week, and highlight a few of the best SBTM links. Benefit to you is a much more focused collection of insights than usual!
- How do you teach a bunch of folk who don’t really know much about testing what it [software testing] is and how they should go about it? Given that I only wanted to spend at most a couple of slides on this, the short answer is – quickly! This article from Claire Reckless sums it up quite nicely (Exploration & Investigation, Information, Communication & Mitigation) – combined with my favourite continuous testing model/image from Dan Ashby.
- Once you’ve got some newbies testing, how are they going to know whether an issue is a bug or not? Commonly known (within testing circles) as The Oracle Problem, Cem Kaner has some great advice here.
- Once you’re in the realm of oracles and heuristics, there’s none better (IMHO) than FEW HICCUPS, from Michael Bolton.
- I thought this series of articles from Michael Kelly about the nuts and bolts of actually using SBTM helpful, covering important topics such as ideation and prioritisation of session charters and addressing coverage problems by collecting and reporting on good metrics.
- An important part of the SBTM approach is debriefing the session results – obtaining PROOF in other words. Jon Bach has some good advice in this regard in his article Session-Based Test Management.