"Thinking Strategically About Testing" with Fiona Charles
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To test software effectively, you need to have a strategy. That's true whether you are testing a minor feature, an entire application or an integrated suite of applications.
A test strategy is the set of big-picture ideas that embody the direction or design of a test effort. It's not a detailed plan. It's the thinking you've done about how to make the best use of time and all the other resources available to you, to find important bugs and provide your stakeholders with information that really matters to them about the software.
Most testers are not taught to think strategically about testing. Instead, we're given document templates derived from a standard, and told to go off and populate the sections with tedious and repetitious detail that rarely has much to do with how we're actually going to test the software.
It's time to question the common belief that a test strategy has to be a big prose document that's expensive and time-consuming to produce, yet delivers little value to our stakeholders. It's time to start thinking strategically about how to test effectively.
In this presentation, Fiona Charles focuses on what's essential in a test strategy and outlines some simple yet powerful techniques to develop it quickly, asking questions that will help you learn to think strategically.
Fiona Charles teaches testers project skills "beyond process"- skills essential to thrive and excel on any kind of software project. An expert test consultant and manager, she has been in the thick of it through 30+ years of challenging projects across the business spectrum on both sides of the Atlantic. Throughout her career, Fiona has advocated, designed, implemented and taught pragmatic and humane practices to deliver software worth having. Fiona's articles appear frequently, and she conducts experiential workshops at international conferences and in-house for clients. She is co-founder/host of the Toronto Workshop on Software Testing, a testing peer conference. She edited The Gift of Time, celebrating Jerry Weinberg's work, and the "Women of Influence" issue of STP Magazine in which she was also featured.
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