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IYT - CodeMash 2017

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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.

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IYT - CodeMash 2017

  1. 1. Improv[(e)] Your Testing!
  2. 2. Damian Synadinos dsynadinos@ineffable-solutions.com @dsynadinos “Hey, Damian!“ http://ineffable-solutions.com/ About
  3. 3. What? Why? How? Present some novel and notable ways to think about testing To help improve your testing By using improv as an analogy for testing
  4. 4. Improv
  5. 5. Shallow Agreement
  6. 6. Shallow Agreement
  7. 7. The process of creating and performing spontaneously, without planning. Improv(ising)
  8. 8. The process of creating and performing spontaneously, without planning. Improv(ising)
  9. 9. The process of evaluating a product by learning about it through experimentation, which includes to some degree: questioning, study, modeling, observation and inference. Testing
  10. 10. The process of evaluating a product by learning about it through experimentation, which includes to some degree: questioning, study, modeling, observation and inference. Testing
  11. 11. “Improvising on stage is obviously a little different – the performers are trying to entertain an audience.” The process of creating and performing spontaneously, without planning, to entertain an audience. Improv
  12. 12. “Testing supplies vital information about the product to those who must make decisions about it.“ The process of evaluating a product by learning about it through experimentation, which includes to some degree: questioning, study, modeling, observation and inference to inform a customer. Testing
  13. 13. Improv & Testing The process of creating and performing spontaneously, without planning, to entertain an audience. The process of evaluating a product by learning about it through experimentation, which includes to some degree: questioning, study, modeling, observation and inference to inform a customer.
  14. 14. “Following some simple, basic rules…may result in much funnier, intelligent, and more interesting scenes.“ Rules“Rules“
  15. 15. More interesting scenes More entertaining to an audience More successful improv “Rules“
  16. 16. More successful improv “Rules“
  17. 17. “Rules“ More successful testing?
  18. 18. Applied Improv
  19. 19. !Oops
  20. 20. ortunity!Oops
  21. 21. Yes, And
  22. 22. Listen
  23. 23. Listen
  24. 24. No Driving
  25. 25. Know the Characters
  26. 26. Focus on the Relationship
  27. 27. Focus on the Relationship
  28. 28. Know the Environment
  29. 29. Know the Audience
  30. 30. Get Ideas
  31. 31. Contemplate Death
  32. 32. Rehearsal
  33. 33. Summary Yes, And Listen No Driving Know the Characters Focus on the Relationship Know the Environment Know the Audience Get Ideas Contemplate Death Rehearsal
  34. 34. dsynadinos@ineffable-solutions.com http://ineffable-solutions.com/ Thank You!

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