Test & evaluation = the knowledge factory

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Test & Evaluation (T&E) is presented in the prespective of knowledge creation, distribution, absorbtion and management. Possible "soft tools" are derived from the insight of the sciences of learning …

Test & Evaluation (T&E) is presented in the prespective of knowledge creation, distribution, absorbtion and management. Possible "soft tools" are derived from the insight of the sciences of learning and knowledge management.

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  • 1. Knowledge-centered perspective on T&EShifting focus to the peopleSome observationsGlimpse to theory and its applications
  • 2. SystemsDiscovery ActionT&E, Reqs SE Knowledge
  • 3. Make predictions based on theory/designVerify/Falsify predictions by experimentingSearch for unpredicted behaviorReporting findings formally
  • 4. Maximal coverage of phenomenaScheduled delivery of knowledgeImmediate usefulness of knowledge
  • 5. Project / OrganizationTest Team Test Engineer
  • 6. Creating a mental model In order to be ableUsing all available to “tell a story” sources about the system Without documentation
  • 7. The evidence Need to Learncontradicts the mental model arises when The production of required documents is impeded
  • 8. Knowledge is experience.Everything else is just information.Albert Einstein
  • 9. Documented Undocumented Knowledge Tacit Knowledge Planning T&E Plans Planner ExperienceDesigning Tests Test Procedures Designer ExperienceExecuting Tests Test Protocols Tester Experience Evaluating Test Reports Analyst Experience
  • 10. Developers on-sitei i Customer on-site Testing in teams
  • 11. ii i Talking with developers gi i Talking with customers/users i Meetings and discussions Writing reports
  • 12. g Analyzing requirements specsg o g Analyzing design documents g Designing test plans Designing test procedures Complex Adaptive Integrator
  • 13. o Building “mental models” of the g systemi “Playing” with the system simulations Unstructured and exploratory testing “Playing around” planned tests
  • 14. Actively question the developers, customers andusers to externalize their tacit knowledgeEncourage active participation of developers,customers and fellow testers in running testsTake meetings and non-formal discussionsseriously and use them to learn and shareknowledge
  • 15. Learning Preferences
  • 16. Know your learning preferences and usethem while studying the SUTsAugment reports with multimediaOrganize presentations of the results forrelevant audiences
  • 17. Test & Evaluation is a knowledge creatingand sharing processTest Engineers are professional learnersT&E should use the insights and tools ofknowledge and learning theory and practice
  • 18. How the knowledge is created and shared bytest engineers and test teams?How do the knowledge processes integratewith testing activities?What are the knowledge-related factors thatcontribute to or impede better testing?What factors facilitate more effective andefficient learning of Test Engineers?