Clem Pickering
clement.pickering@callcreditgroup.com
Clement Pickering
@clem_pickering
The problem with
traditional test strategy
documents…
No one reads them
Suggest completeness
Invite sign-offs
Tendancy to ...
No one reads
them!
But Test Strategy itself is
a valuable activity…
How can we get people
to take an interest?
And convey what’s really
impor...
The ideas behind a Test
Strategy Poster
What if we made it visual?
And concise?
And stuck it on the wall?
People pay attention to visual
information
<Insert Infographic examples>
Display where
people
congregate
Wall-Skills.Com
Suited to Agile…
Aim for Just Enough
What’s Appropriate?
Generates Conversation
Iterate and Evolve …
ReviewRefine at Retros
Testers advocate, whole team participate
Enough theory, now for the risky
bit…
Audience participation
A Testing Scenario
Balifax bank, the tropical bank of Bali are
building a new online banking platform in
response to custo...
5 Mins on …
Principles
Examples:
Testing is everyone’s responsibility
Treat test code as production code
5 Mins on …
Tools and Techniques
(Choose pyramid or
quadrants)
5 Mins on …
Free choice!
Feedback 
What’s missing?
What could be improved?
Visual Test Strategy
Posters …
Are Concise
Generate Conversation
Are looked at (more likely)
Radiate Information
TL;DR version:
Create a single page visual test
strategy for your project and stick it
on the wall
Test strategy tldr
Test strategy tldr
Test strategy tldr
Test strategy tldr
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Test strategy tldr

  1. 1. Clem Pickering clement.pickering@callcreditgroup.com Clement Pickering @clem_pickering
  2. 2. The problem with traditional test strategy documents… No one reads them Suggest completeness Invite sign-offs Tendancy to boiler plate Waste?
  3. 3. No one reads them!
  4. 4. But Test Strategy itself is a valuable activity… How can we get people to take an interest? And convey what’s really important?
  5. 5. The ideas behind a Test Strategy Poster What if we made it visual? And concise? And stuck it on the wall?
  6. 6. People pay attention to visual information <Insert Infographic examples>
  7. 7. Display where people congregate Wall-Skills.Com
  8. 8. Suited to Agile… Aim for Just Enough What’s Appropriate? Generates Conversation
  9. 9. Iterate and Evolve … ReviewRefine at Retros Testers advocate, whole team participate
  10. 10. Enough theory, now for the risky bit… Audience participation
  11. 11. A Testing Scenario Balifax bank, the tropical bank of Bali are building a new online banking platform in response to customer demand for a modern “fully-featured” banking experience. A brand new website is planned which will call a new app tier service written using .NET and delivered as a SOAP API. This new service will track customer activity and provide new website features but will integrate with the banks existing account processing systems. A secure intranet admin function will allow bank helpdesk staff to resetamend customer details and MI reports will delivered daily to the banks management Balifax have assembled a crack project team of developers, testers and BAs and in an unheard of fit of trust empowered them to crack on as they see fit…
  12. 12. 5 Mins on … Principles Examples: Testing is everyone’s responsibility Treat test code as production code
  13. 13. 5 Mins on … Tools and Techniques (Choose pyramid or quadrants)
  14. 14. 5 Mins on … Free choice!
  15. 15. Feedback  What’s missing? What could be improved?
  16. 16. Visual Test Strategy Posters … Are Concise Generate Conversation Are looked at (more likely) Radiate Information
  17. 17. TL;DR version: Create a single page visual test strategy for your project and stick it on the wall
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