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Improv(e) Your Testing: Tips & Tricks from Jester to Tester
Improvisational comedy—sometimes called improv—is a form of theater in which the performance is created in the moment. Successful improv involves learning and using a variety of skills and techniques which allow performers to quickly adapt to a constantly changing environment and new information. Now reread the previous sentence, but replace the word improv with testing. In many ways, improv is a great analogy for testing. As both an experienced improviser and tester, Damian Synadinos presents some of the many similarities between improv and testing. After setting expectations, Damian takes a closer look at the definitions of improv and testing to better understand their purpose and value. He then thoroughly explains and demonstrates numerous improv tips and tricks with help from the audience, and shows how the very same ideas can be useful in a testing context. Using creative metaphors and critical analysis, old ideas about testing are reframed in novel and notable ways. Whether novice or experienced, you will laugh, learn, and leave with ways to help improv(e) your testing.