I am providing a series of "hands-on" workshops that are designed to equip the Test Analyst and Test Manager with practical help in complex areas such as: agile testing, test estimation, test reporting, production of dashboards, measuring and reporting the value of testing, advanced test techniques, being a trusted advisor, risk based testing and exploratory testing.
These workshops require PCs or laptops for the practical element. Spreadsheets, utilities, tools and programs will be given out and demonstrated during the workshop which can then be taken away and used to help the Test Analyst and Test Manager in their day-to-day tasks.
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For testers and test managers, there are particular challenges, as we are more often bringing information that our manager may not want to hear. How can we present the information so that the correct message is being received? How can we assess the testing objectively? This session will equip the Tester and Test Manager to confidently answer both of these questions.
Experiences as Test Managers will be shared, communicating with various levels of senior management, from Development Managers, Project Managers and Programme Managers to CEOs. Different types of information that would be useful for the various levels of management and how we can become their 'trusted advisor' rather than the 'bearer of bad news'. It is important that we contribute effectively to the smooth running of the project and that the information we supply is timely, important and understandable.
This 2-day workshop is aimed at Test Analysts and Test Managers wanting to understand this approach to testing, how to apply this to projects and how to manage exploratory testing sessions. The workshop aims to dispel any misunderstandings people might have with this approach and how it can be applied to both traditional and agile projects. Applications are provided throughout the workshop. However, increased benefit can be achieved from this workshop if your own application can be accessed and tested during the session.
Companies are now investing large amounts of money and effort in the adoption of Agile prinicples, practices and methods. Scrum, XP and Kanban are being used to develop and deliver software more frequently to customers. Yet very little time is given to explain how testers should test the user stories being defined by the business. This workshop will provide the solution in taking user stories and applying various test design techniques in an Exploratory Testing environment.
This 2-day workshop is highly practical where participants will be asked to bring user stories that they are currently working on to apply the various black box test case design techniques:
- Equivalence Partitioning
- Bounday Value Analysis
- Decision Tables
- State Transition Testing
- Classification Trees and Pairwise
This workshop will equip testers and test managers with the necessary skills to recognise and apply the most appropriate test case design technique(s) for each user story provided and how then to use this in an Exploratory Testing sesssion. A number of heuristics will also be provided enabling the tester to test with intellect, skill and passion. A variety of tools and utilities will also be provided to assist the tester in these tasks hopefully increasing the tester's confidence and determination to effectively and efficiently test user stories.
Having identified and analysed the product risks, testing must continuously monitor these risks and report their progress to key stakeholders in a simple and powerful way. Learn a variety of monitoring techniques for Risk Based Testing and how to report the status of the risks in a timely, accurate and clear way to the project board. If conventional methods of reporting have fallen short in providing stakeholders with the information needed, then using Risk-Based reporting within the Test Manager's dashboard can assist them in making those informed release decisions for the product under test.
This 1-day workshop is aimed at Test Leaders and Test Managers wanting to improve their test estimation skills. Test Estimation is one of the hardest activities to do well in testing, the main reason is that testing is not an independent activity and often has destabilising dependencies. During this workshop we shall uncover some of the common problems in test estimation, how to overcome them together with practical outworking of 7 estimation techniques. Estimation utilities will be demonstrated and provided during the workshop.
This 1-day workshop is aimed at Test Leaders and Test Managers wanting to improve their test reporting skills. Gathering and presenting clear information about quality, both product and process, may be the most important part of the test manager’s job. Test reports need to be concise, predictive, accurate and relevant to the people receiving them. This workshop demonstrates 7 powerful monitoring techniques and shows how the test manager's dashboard can be tailored to the recipient's needs. Monitoring utilities will be demonstrated and provided during the workshop.
This 1-day workshop is aimed at Test Leaders, Managers and Testers wanting to provide evidence that testing adds value to their organisation and to the projects they work on. Although testing is accepted by most people as being an integral part of the project lifecycle and is needed, it is often seen as a cost rather than an investment. Testing must show a clear return on the investment to the senior management in order to have credibility. This workshop uncovers 11 measures which demonstrate the value of testing in tangible terms, Four measures will be "bug related", three measures will be "confidence related" and four measures will be "information related". Measurement utilities will be demonstrated and provided during the workshop.