Every Tester Has a PRICE: Sources of Product and Project Information

W3     Start Time : 09:45     End Time : 10:30

Some testers say that they don’t have sufficient information to test effectively, but when we look around, there’s no shortage of project information; in fact, we’re awash in it. Perhaps the real problem is missing or unreliable or outdated or conflicting information. It might be tempting to see this as a problem for testing, but what if we thought of contradictory or missing information is a test /result/?

In this quick participatory workshop, we’ll present a structure for seeking and organizing project information: Preference (what people desire, what they value, and what might threaten value); Reference (documents, prototypes, comparable products, and other things you can point to); Inference (extrapolating from information that you have at hand); Conference (direct interaction with other people); and Experience (interactions with the product and its domain). We’ll map these categories to help you to recognize unnoticed resources, to set priorities, and to help find important problems quickly for your testing clients.

  • Speaker

  • Michael Bolton - , DevelopSense, Canada

    Michael Bolton is a software tester, consultant, and trainer with 20 years of experience around the world, testing, developing, managing, and writing about software. He is the co-author (with senior author James Bach) of Rapid Software Testing, a course that presents a methodology and mindset for testing software expertly in uncertain conditions and under extreme time pressure.

    Currently, he leads DevelopSense, a Toronto-based consultancy. Prior to that, he was with Quarterdeck Corporation for eight years, during which he managed the company’s flagship products and directed project and testing teams both in-house and around the world.

    Contact Michael at [email protected], or through his Web site, www.developsense.com