'Dashboards: Real-time Test Information For Managers And Teams' by Michael Bolton
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As a tester, how do you effectively report your work in a way that is most meaningful to management? One way is to provide story that prompts conversation and questions. Managers claim that they want ...
As a tester, how do you effectively report your work in a way that is most meaningful to management? One way is to provide story that prompts conversation and questions. Managers claim that they want to know about the progress of testing--but is that what they really want? Perhaps they wouldn’t care much about the state of testing if they knew the state of the product. At very least, they’ll want to know about both. More than anything else, managers want to know about threats to the project schedule.
One complication is that product status is highly multi-variate. In particular, our knowledge each product area can be in a different state. The important variables for each area include;
- the amount of testing effort being expended currently;
- the amount of test coverage obtained so far; and
- information about threats to the schedule.
However, the good news is that one of the most basic forms of data display--a table--can easily show this information in a way that is clear, concise, and compelling.
In this presentation, Michael Bolton takes you on a detailed tour of a straightforward, easily-maintained testing dashboard that is designed to keep the entire project team informed of product status and testing activity, to foster productive conversation, and to help prompt focused questions from management.
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