Think Different: Visualization Tools for Testers

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Traditional processes have required testers to create a large amount of documentation in the form of test plans, test cases, and test reports. It’s time to think differently. Creating test artifacts in the “old school” textual style takes too much time away from actual testing. Besides, text is boring and uses only the left side of your brain. Visual images—charts, graphs, and diagrams—engage your right brain for more thinking power. The old saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” is really true! Pascal Dufour shows how you can employ visualizations—mind maps, drawings, dashboards, charts, and other graphics—to improve clarity and guide your team to create lightweight testware artifacts. Find out how visualization helps you more easily and more quickly understand information—enabling and improving team decision making, collaboration, and agility. Join Pascal to see how visual tools, often very basic and simple, can help you think different—and perform better.

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Think Different: Visualization Tools for Testers

  1. 1. W8 Test Techniques 5/1/2013 1:45:00 PM Think Different: Visualization Tools for Testers Presented by: Pascal Dufour codecentric Brought to you by: 340 Corporate Way, Suite 300, Orange Park, FL 32073 888-268-8770 ∙ 904-278-0524 ∙ sqeinfo@sqe.com ∙ www.sqe.com
  2. 2. Pascal Dufour A tester and ScrumMaster at codecentric, Pascal Dufour has a passion for agile projects where he implements pragmatic test strategies combining agile and context-driven testing. Pascal has more than ten years of experience at large international companies with different types of testing from embedded software to system integration. Enthusiastic and creative, he tries to make testing more fun, making his work visual and as simple as possible. Pascal helps team members improve their efforts in Scrum emphasizing ethics, commitment, and transparency. Motivating people to use a dynamic approach to testing, he believes teams should contain all disciplines and work together to create solutions. Pascal maintains a blog on pascaldufour.nl.
  3. 3. Think Different: Visualization Tools for Testers Pascal Dufour codecentric nederland BV
  4. 4. codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 2
  5. 5. Tools codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.GETPRICE.COM.AU
  6. 6. Our brain Logic Speech Language Analytics Calculation Abstract thinking Color Phantasy Music Images Feeling Rythm Creativity SOURCE: WWW.KARENDEVRIES.NL codecentric nederland BV
  7. 7. Creativity codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MINEZONE/120962030/ 5
  8. 8. Creativity Adults: on average 3 to 6 alternatives Children: often 60 or more alternatives Numbed by education, norms & values, inhibiting curiosity, coloring within the lines codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 6
  9. 9. Communication codecentric nederland BV
  10. 10. Visualisation Best known forms: • Traffic signs • Diagrams • Graphics • Tables • Maps • Photos codecentric nederland BV
  11. 11. Visualisation are not strict •  Possible to give a feeling with out numbers or text •  Representing an emotion codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 9 SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/VFSDIGITALDESIGN/5647858923/
  12. 12. Visualisation helps to: •  Develop ideas and information •  Steer though processes •  Transfer ideas and results •  To express yourself using little text and explanation SOURCE: HTTP://WW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/ORPHANJONES/2660957879/ codecentric nederland BV
  13. 13. Think visual: Dan Roam – The Back of a Napkin Every problem can be solved by drawing a simple picture! • 4 steps of visual thinking • 5 questions that help focus • 6 ways we look. SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.DANROAM.COM codecentric nederland BV
  14. 14. 4 steps of visual thinking 1.  Look 2.  See 3.  Imagine 4.  Show SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.DANROAM.COM codecentric nederland BV
  15. 15. 5 questions that help focus: the SQVID 1.  Simple 2.  Quality 3.  Vision 4.  Individual 5.  Difference SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.DANROAM.COM codecentric nederland BV
  16. 16. 6 ways we look 1.  Who/What 2.  How much 3.  Where 4.  When 5.  How 6.  Why codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.DANROAM.COM
  17. 17. Sketchnotes 1.  Engages your whole mind 2.  Creates a visual map 3.  Helps your concentration 4.  Taps your visual language 5.  Relaxing 6.  Dynamic and fun! SOURCE: HTTP://ROHDESIGN.COM/SKETCHNOTES/ codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 15
  18. 18. Visual walls Business Canvas Product Canvas Personas codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 16
  19. 19. Mapping Story mapping Effect Mapping Impact mapping Gojko Adzic - Impact Map - http://www.impactmapping.org jeff Patton - Story Map - http://agileproductdesign.com codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 17
  20. 20. Risk codecentric nederland BV
  21. 21. Scrum Boards codecentric nederland BV
  22. 22. Burn Down codecentric nederland BV
  23. 23. Visual Test Strategy codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: RAPID SOFTWARE TESTING (JAMES BACH & MICHAEL BOLTON
  24. 24. Status and Risk codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 22
  25. 25. Coverage Outline codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 23 SOURCE: RUUD COX, TESTING IN A MEDICAL DEVICE CONTEXT, EUROSTAR 2012
  26. 26. Code coverage codecentric nederland BV
  27. 27. Contact graphs codecentric nederland BV
  28. 28. Low Tech Testing Dashboards codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: RAPID SOFTWARE TESTING (JAMES BACH & MICHAEL BOLTON
  29. 29. High Tech Testing Dashboards codecentric nederland BV
  30. 30. Retrospective & feedback codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.NOOP.NL/2011/04/THE-FEEDBACK-DOOR.HTML
  31. 31. Handy tools •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Graphviz Freemind Xmind Moose suite Evernote yED yUML Text Editors Presentation Tools Art Packages Screen editing / Capture codecentric nederland BV •  •  •  •  •  Online tools Wordle Touchgraph InMaps Social gadgets
  32. 32. Working & thinking visual for testers… codecentric nederland BV
  33. 33. codecentric nederland BV
  34. 34. Questions? codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 32
  35. 35. Acknowledgements Special thanks to: Huib Schoots and Jean-Paul Varwijk www.magnifiant.com www.arborosa.com Many of the ideas in this presentation were inspired by colleagues including Michael Bolton, James Bach, Gojko Adzic, Mike Rohde, Dan Roam, Jeff Patton, Jurgen Appelo, Ruud Cox and Alan Richardson codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 33
  36. 36. Contacts Pascal Dufour Pascal.Dufour@codecentric.nl @pascal_dufour www.pascaldufour.nl codecentric nederland BV Laan der Verenigde Naties 60 3314 DA Dordrecht The Netherlands +31 (0) 6 819 288 98 www.codecentric.nl codecentric nederland BV 2/19/13 34

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