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Cross-team Pair Testing: Lessons of a Testing Traveler (CAST 2018)

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Talk given at CAST 2018

Abstract:

Did you ever wonder how to improve your testing skills? Well, I did. I wanted to learn where I stood in terms of my testing knowledge and at the same time improve my exploration and automation skills. Maybe dive deeper into special areas like security or accessibility testing. I read and thought a lot, but what I felt I was missing was hands-on practice. So I decided to run an experiment.

My hypothesis: “I believe that pairing and mobbing with fellow testers from the community on hands-on exploratory testing and automation will result in continuously increasing skills and knowledge as well as serendipitous learning. I’ll know I have succeeded when I noted down at least one concrete new insight or applied one new technique per testing session and shared that with the community.”

In this talk, I will share the lessons learned on my journey as well as tips for doing pair testing sessions yourself. Let’s uncover if my hypothesis proved true, that a testing tour is indeed a feasible and valuable way to improve your testing knowledge and skills!

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Cross-team Pair Testing: Lessons of a Testing Traveler (CAST 2018)

  1. 1. CROSS-TEAM PAIR TESTING LESSONS OF A TESTING TRAVELER @lisihocke
  2. 2. Fan art by François Coutu | http://fav.me/d5q8gpd TOUR OUR JOURNEY TODAY @lisihocke START TIPS
  3. 3. Fan art by Aaron Godwin | http://fav.me/d2bf9n0 LET‘S START WITH WHY GETTING INSPIRED @lisihocke
  4. 4. HAVE YOU EVER ASKED YOURSELF… @lisihocke
  5. 5. CHALLENGE: BECOME A BETTER SKILLED TESTER @lisihocke
  6. 6. hhttp://fav.me/d9jcjm7 LEARNING SOLO @lisihocke
  7. 7. hhttp://fav.me/d9jcjm7, https://twitter.com/maaretp/status/1020603841950240769 LEARNING SOLO @lisihocke
  8. 8. PAIRING UP FOR LEARNING @lisihocke
  9. 9. “I believe that pairing and mobbing with fellow testers from the community on hands-on exploratory testing and automation will result in continuously increasing skills and knowledge as well as serendipitous learning. I’ll know I have succeeded when I noted down at least one concrete new insight or applied one new technique per testing session and shared that with the community.” MY HYPOTHESIS @lisihocke
  10. 10. THE EXPERIMENT: BECOME A TESTING TRAVELER @lisihocke
  11. 11. THE EXPERIMENT: BECOME A TESTING TRAVELER @lisihocke PROBE:
  12. 12. SOURCES OF INSPIRATION @lisihocke
  13. 13. SOURCES OF INSPIRATION @lisihocke Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin
  14. 14. SOURCES OF INSPIRATION @lisihocke Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin Sallyann Freudenberg @SalFreudenberg
  15. 15. SOURCES OF INSPIRATION @lisihocke Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin Sallyann Freudenberg @SalFreudenberg Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp
  16. 16. THE TESTING TOUR LESSONS LEARNED @lisihocke
  17. 17. TOUR FIGURES 14 people 7 months 16 stops @lisihocke
  18. 18. #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp STARTING OUT @lisihocke
  19. 19. STARTING OUT https://twitter.com/maaretp/status/951123185382064129 @lisihocke #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp
  20. 20. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas @lisihocke
  21. 21. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #03 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas @lisihocke
  22. 22. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #03 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #04 Dianë Xhymshiti @dxhymshiti @lisihocke
  23. 23. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #03 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #04 Dianë Xhymshiti @dxhymshiti #05 Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin @lisihocke
  24. 24. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #03 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #04 Dianë Xhymshiti @dxhymshiti #05 Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin #06 Pranav KS @IgnorantTester @lisihocke
  25. 25. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #03 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #04 Dianë Xhymshiti @dxhymshiti #05 Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin #06 Pranav KS @IgnorantTester #07 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler @lisihocke
  26. 26. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #03 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #04 Dianë Xhymshiti @dxhymshiti #05 Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin #06 Pranav KS @IgnorantTester #07 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler #08 Viv Richards @11vlr @lisihocke
  27. 27. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #03 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #04 Dianë Xhymshiti @dxhymshiti #05 Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin #06 Pranav KS @IgnorantTester #07 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler #08 Viv Richards @11vlr #09 Cassandra H. Leung @Tweet_Cassandra @lisihocke
  28. 28. THE PEOPLE VISITED ON MY TOUR #01 Maaret Pyhäjärvi @maaretp #02 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #03 Thiago Amanajás @ThiagoAmanajas #04 Dianë Xhymshiti @dxhymshiti #05 Lisa Crispin @lisacrispin #06 Pranav KS @IgnorantTester #07 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler #08 Viv Richards @11vlr #09 Cassandra H. Leung @Tweet_Cassandra #10 Alex Schladebeck @alex_schl @lisihocke
  29. 29. https://twitter.com/alex_schl/status/998867221828063233 #10 Alex Schladebeck @alex_schl YOU HAVE REACHED YOUR DESTINATION @lisihocke
  30. 30. MORE PEOPLE TO VISIT! #11 Viktorija Manevska @Iki_Kviki @lisihocke
  31. 31. MORE PEOPLE TO VISIT! #11 Viktorija Manevska @Iki_Kviki #12 João Proença @jrosaproenca @lisihocke
  32. 32. MORE PEOPLE TO VISIT! #11 Viktorija Manevska @Iki_Kviki #12 João Proença @jrosaproenca #13 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler @lisihocke
  33. 33. MORE PEOPLE TO VISIT! #11 Viktorija Manevska @Iki_Kviki #12 João Proença @jrosaproenca #13 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler #14 Mirjana Andovska @mirjando @lisihocke
  34. 34. MORE PEOPLE TO VISIT! #11 Viktorija Manevska @Iki_Kviki #12 João Proença @jrosaproenca #13 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler #14 Mirjana Andovska @mirjando #15 Toyer Mamoojee @tottiLFC @lisihocke
  35. 35. MORE PEOPLE TO VISIT! #11 Viktorija Manevska @Iki_Kviki #12 João Proença @jrosaproenca #13 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler #14 Mirjana Andovska @mirjando #15 Toyer Mamoojee @tottiLFC #16 Thomas Rinke @thomrinke @lisihocke
  36. 36. https://twitter.com/eviltester/status/1021150238663487488 #16 Thomas Rinke @thomrinke THERE’S SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN @lisihocke
  37. 37. WHO’S NEXT? #11 Viktorija Manevska @Iki_Kviki #12 João Proença @jrosaproenca #13 Peter Kofler @codecopkofler #14 Mirjana Andovska @mirjando #15 Toyer Mamoojee @tottiLFC #16 Thomas Rinke @thomrinke #17 ? #18 ? #19 ? #20 ? @lisihocke
  38. 38. LESSONS ABOUT PAIRING & THE TOUR @lisihocke
  39. 39. LESSONS ABOUT PAIRING & THE TOUR https://twitter.com/maaretp/status/952637976877699073 @lisihocke
  40. 40. WELL, AM I A BETTER SKILLED TESTER NOW? @lisihocke
  41. 41. “I believe that pairing and mobbing with fellow testers from the community on hands-on exploratory testing and automation will result in continuously increasing skills and knowledge as well as serendipitous learning. I’ll know I have succeeded when I noted down at least one concrete new insight or applied one new technique per testing session and shared that with the community.” WELL, AM I A BETTER SKILLED TESTER NOW? @lisihocke
  42. 42. “I believe that pairing and mobbing with fellow testers from the community on hands-on exploratory testing and automation will result in continuously increasing skills and knowledge as well as serendipitous learning. I’ll know I have succeeded when I noted down at least one concrete new insight or applied one new technique per testing session and shared that with the community.” WELL, AM I A BETTER SKILLED TESTER NOW? @lisihocke YES
  43. 43. KICK-START YOUR OWN TOUR TIPS FOR PAIR TESTING SESSIONS @lisihocke
  44. 44. WHAT‘S YOUR CHALLENGE? @lisihocke
  45. 45. WHAT‘S YOUR CHALLENGE? https://twitter.com/Reumaysa/status/1019846702881234944 @lisihocke
  46. 46. DECIDE ON TOUR DESIGN AND TOOLING @lisihocke
  47. 47. DECIDE ON TOUR DESIGN AND TOOLING @lisihocke
  48. 48. PREPARE EACH SESSION, JUST ENOUGH @lisihocke
  49. 49. LET’S DO IT! @lisihocke
  50. 50. SHARE YOUR LESSONS SO EVERYONE CAN LEARN @lisihocke
  51. 51. SHARE YOUR LESSONS SO EVERYONE CAN LEARN https://twitter.com/11vlr/status/1014237709009915905, https://twitter.com/tottiLFC/status/999932982566817793 https://twitter.com/thomrinke/status/1005174311794208768, https://twitter.com/11vlr/status/999565542980837376 @lisihocke
  52. 52. THANK YOU www.lisihocke.com @lisihocke bit.ly/testing-tour

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