Test Strategy – Next Level
WATCH: Rikard introduces his tutorial
To me, test strategy deals with what to test, and how to do it. I do not mean a test process or separated test levels and techniques, because that tends to give something generic and quite useless as a result (I know, because I did this myself for 10 years…).
It might be your most important artifact, and should be guiding for testers, but also informative (and reviewable) for other interested parties.
In this tutorial I will show examples and theoretical slides, but we will do exercises to explore:
- your real testing missions – why are you testing, what information do stakeholders need?
- the project context – how does testing fit with the rest?
- many information sources – where do you get information about what is important?
- unique quality characteristics – what does reliability, usability, security et.al. mean this time?
- tying things together – how will you test for these important things?
With skill, this information will help you develop a useful test strategy, getting much more specific than “we will focus on the new functionality, and create automated regression tests as time permits.” We will also practice how to explain the emerging test strategies so they can be reviewed by many. And with tools to test your test strategy, this might take you to the next level.