Courage and Freedom
in Exploratory Testing
October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 1
Griffin Jones
Consultant
Agile / Testing / Regulatory
October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 2
This Presentation Cov...
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EXPLORATORY TESTING IS …
Simultaneous …
• Test Execution
• Test Design
• Le...
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EXPLORATORY TESTING IS …
… not your Hands.
The thoughts inside your Head…
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EXPLORATORY TESTING
… requires …
… and …
… to Question
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FOUR QUESTIONS …
Performance
• Should I change how I perform a task?
Redesi...
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… FOUR QUESTIONS
Mission
• Am I working on the correct mission?
Learning
• ...
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1. PERFORMANCE
Should I change how I perform a
task?
• Intentional Alternat...
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2. REDESIGN
Should I redesign the task?
• Intentional Galumphing …
… or cut...
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3. MISSION
Working the correct mission?
• Who values the mission, and Why?...
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4. LEARNING
Am I learning and adapting?
• Can I solve my own problems?
• A...
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Doer
Manager-of-Doer
Client
THREE ROLES: STORIES
Execution
Design
Learning...
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WARNING SIGNS OF
SUPERFICIAL COMMITMENT
Abdication
• Refusing responsibili...
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WARNING SIGNS OF
SUPERFICIAL COMMITMENT
Mechanistic Efficiency
• Using peo...
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THE FINAL QUESTION
Constantly ask yourself …
What is the best test,
I can ...
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How to Think about ET
• Having the Courage to Think
The four questions to ...
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Project Roles and Exploratory Testing
• The courage and freedom need for e...
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Exploratory testing (ET) consists of simultaneous learning, test design, test execution, and optimization. Most people are able to adopt the outward behaviors of ET but struggle to adopt an ET mindset. Griffin Jones explains that this mindset requires reflecting on four basic questions: Am I learning and adapting? Am I working on the correct mission? Should I redesign the task? Should I change how I perform the task? Sharing his experiences across project roles, Griffin explains why courage and freedom are critical ingredients in answering those four questions. He describes the warning signs of a superficial commitment to the values of ET. Learn the power of asking the question: What is the best test I can perform, right now? Move beyond mimicry and the superficial. Leave with a way to align yourself with the deeper values of exploratory testing.

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STARWest 2013 Courage and Freedom in Exploratory Testing

  1. 1. Courage and Freedom in Exploratory Testing October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 1
  2. 2. Griffin Jones Consultant Agile / Testing / Regulatory October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 2 This Presentation Covers … • How to think about Exploratory Testing • The questions to ask yourself • Project roles and Exploratory Testing • Warning Signs • Project stories and a stump-speech
  3. 3. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 3 EXPLORATORY TESTING IS … Simultaneous … • Test Execution • Test Design • Learning • Optimization Execution Design Learning Optimization
  4. 4. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 4 EXPLORATORY TESTING IS … … not your Hands. The thoughts inside your Head…
  5. 5. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 5 EXPLORATORY TESTING … requires … … and … … to Question
  6. 6. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 6 FOUR QUESTIONS … Performance • Should I change how I perform a task? Redesign • Should I redesign the task?
  7. 7. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 7 … FOUR QUESTIONS Mission • Am I working on the correct mission? Learning • Am I learning and adapting?
  8. 8. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 8 1. PERFORMANCE Should I change how I perform a task? • Intentional Alternation and Variation
  9. 9. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 9 2. REDESIGN Should I redesign the task? • Intentional Galumphing … … or cut the Gordian-Knot … or cut-to-the-chase
  10. 10. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 10 3. MISSION Working the correct mission? • Who values the mission, and Why? Ask the Zero Questions • Is this a problem for me, right now? • Anything not worth doing, … • Where’s the Beef?
  11. 11. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 11 4. LEARNING Am I learning and adapting? • Can I solve my own problems? • Am I self-healing? • Am I aware of the greater context? • … or am I stuck and need a jiggle?
  12. 12. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 12 Doer Manager-of-Doer Client THREE ROLES: STORIES Execution Design Learning Optimization
  13. 13. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 13 WARNING SIGNS OF SUPERFICIAL COMMITMENT Abdication • Refusing responsibility Resignation • Mentally Unengaged with the Design
  14. 14. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 14 WARNING SIGNS OF SUPERFICIAL COMMITMENT Mechanistic Efficiency • Using people like Machines All Success – No Failures, No Slack • And no Learning
  15. 15. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 15 THE FINAL QUESTION Constantly ask yourself … What is the best test, I can perform right now? … and do that.
  16. 16. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 16 How to Think about ET • Having the Courage to Think The four questions to ask yourself • Should I change how I perform a task? • Should I redesign the task? • Am I working on the correct mission? • Am I learning and adapting? SUMMARY … A HOW COURAGE AND FREEDOM INFLUENCE
  17. 17. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 17 Project Roles and Exploratory Testing • The courage and freedom need for each role Four Warning Signs • Abdication, Resignation, Mechanization, All Success The Final Question • What is the Best Test, SUMMARY … B HOW COURAGE AND FREEDOM INFLUENCE
  18. 18. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 18 IMAGE CREDITS … http://thecrossovertest.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/courage21.jpg http://blogs.yis.ac.jp/18heminke/files/2013/01/freedom-jumping_00376259-1s2s8xq.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Computer_keyboard.gif http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ad/ThinkingMan_Rodin.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Our_Community_Place_Sandbox.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Soup_Spoon.jpg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sand_sorting_tower.jpg
  19. 19. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 19 … IMAGE CREDITS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ford_assembly_line_-_1913.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Alexander_cuts_the_Gordian_Knot.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Perilsofpauline.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hereford_bull_large.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vinyl_very_dusty.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EdwardVIIIcoin.jpg
  20. 20. October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 20 QUESTIONS AND STORIES
  21. 21. Thank you for attending this session. Please complete the feedback form. Please fill out the evaluation form. Griffin Jones Griffin.Jones@CongruentCompliance.com October 2013 © 2013 Congruent Compliance LLC 21

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