Think different visualization tools for testers StarEast 2013 pascaldufour

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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.

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Think different visualization tools for testers StarEast 2013 pascaldufour

  1. 1. Think different: Visualization tools for testers Pascal Dufour codecentric nederland BV
  2. 2. Key learningpoints -  -  -  -  Aid your thinking with visualization Why you should visualize your testing story How to tell a visual story Inspiration by visual examples codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 2
  3. 3. codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 3
  4. 4. Tools codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.GETPRICE.COM.AU
  5. 5. Our brain Logic Speech Language Analytics Calculation Abstract thinking Color Phantasy Music Images Feeling Rythm Creativity SOURCE: WWW.KARENDEVRIES.NL codecentric nederland BV
  6. 6. Creativity codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MINEZONE/120962030/ 6
  7. 7. Tweet moment •  144 character statement #stareast2013 #visual codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 7
  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 23-10-13 8
  9. 9. Communication codecentric nederland BV
  10. 10. THINK ABOUT YOUR HOUSE…   And now take 1 minute to describe your house to your neighbour….. codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 10
  11. 11. Visualisation Best known forms: •  •  •  •  •  •  Traffic signs Diagrams Graphics Tables Maps Photos codecentric nederland BV
  12. 12. Visualisation are not strict •  Possible to give a feeling with out numbers or text •  Representing an emotion codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 12 SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/VFSDIGITALDESIGN/5647858923/
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Testplan example •  Lots of text (this example = 55 pages!!!) •  Inaccessible •  Does anybody really read these? codecentric nederland BV
  15. 15. Testplan example codecentric nederland BV
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 4 steps of visual thinking 1.  Look 2.  See 3.  Imagine 4.  Show SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.DANROAM.COM codecentric nederland BV
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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 23-10-13 20
  21. 21. Examples in an agile context codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 21
  22. 22. Visual walls Business Canvas Product Canvas Personas codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 22
  23. 23. 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 23-10-13 23
  24. 24. Visual Test Strategy codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: RAPID SOFTWARE TESTING (JAMES BACH & MICHAEL BOLTON
  25. 25. Status and Risk codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 25
  26. 26. Coverage Outline codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 26 SOURCE: RUUD COX, TESTING IN A MEDICAL DEVICE CONTEXT, EUROSTAR 2012
  27. 27. Risk codecentric nederland BV
  28. 28. Scrum Boards codecentric nederland BV
  29. 29. Burn Down codecentric nederland BV
  30. 30. Contact graphs codecentric nederland BV
  31. 31. SimaPro: Network tree codecentric nederland BV Source www.sciencedirect.com
  32. 32. Code coverage codecentric nederland BV
  33. 33. Low Tech Testing Dashboards codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: RAPID SOFTWARE TESTING (JAMES BACH & MICHAEL BOLTON
  34. 34. High Tech Testing Dashboards codecentric nederland BV
  35. 35. Retrospective & feedback codecentric nederland BV SOURCE: HTTP://WWW.NOOP.NL/2011/04/THE-FEEDBACK-DOOR.HTML
  36. 36. Handy tools •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  Freemind Xmind Moose suite Evernote yED yUML Presentation Tools Screen editing / Capture Visio Sketchbook codecentric nederland BV •  •  •  •  •  Online tools Wordle Touchgraph InMaps Social gadgets
  37. 37. Working & thinking visual for testers… Gathering information Know your data codecentric nederland BV Identify systems & chains Understand your clients
  38. 38. My current project codecentric nederland BV
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  40. 40. Questions? Meet me at the testlab at 16:00. codecentric nederland BV 23-10-13 40
  41. 41. 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 23-10-13 41
  42. 42. 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 23-10-13 42

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