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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 and knowledge management.

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Test & evaluation = the knowledge factory

  1. 1. Knowledge-centered perspective on T&EShifting focus to the peopleSome observationsGlimpse to theory and its applications
  2. 2. SystemsDiscovery ActionT&E, Reqs SE Knowledge
  3. 3. Make predictions based on theory/designVerify/Falsify predictions by experimentingSearch for unpredicted behaviorReporting findings formally
  4. 4. Maximal coverage of phenomenaScheduled delivery of knowledgeImmediate usefulness of knowledge
  5. 5. Project / OrganizationTest Team Test Engineer
  6. 6. Creating a mental model In order to be ableUsing all available to “tell a story” sources about the system Without documentation
  7. 7. The evidence Need to Learncontradicts the mental model arises when The production of required documents is impeded
  8. 8. Knowledge is experience.Everything else is just information.Albert Einstein
  9. 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. 10. Developers on-sitei i Customer on-site Testing in teams
  11. 11. ii i Talking with developers gi i Talking with customers/users i Meetings and discussions Writing reports
  12. 12. g Analyzing requirements specsg o g Analyzing design documents g Designing test plans Designing test procedures Complex Adaptive Integrator
  13. 13. o Building “mental models” of the g systemi “Playing” with the system simulations Unstructured and exploratory testing “Playing around” planned tests
  14. 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. 15. Learning Preferences
  16. 16. Know your learning preferences and usethem while studying the SUTsAugment reports with multimediaOrganize presentations of the results forrelevant audiences
  17. 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. 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?