The Magic of Sherlock Holmes: Test Strategy In The Blink Of An Eye!

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The quick wit and sharp observational skills of Sherlock Holmes used to analyze and solve the greatest mysteries is legendary. And even though Sherlock Holmes often expressed a need for the sleuthing to stick to the facts, his actions would often demonstrate that he was very reliant on his intuition as well, and clearly saw both logic and intuition as equal partners in solving the mysteries before him.

“How should we test this?” is one of the toughest mysteries a practicing tester can encounter. To answer this question we need to consider our context and devise a workable strategy. This is a skill that is seldom taught and much of the related literature is weak and uninspiring. To develop this important skill we devised this workshop where we will sharpen your strategic thinking skills to enable you to create a baseline test strategy for a product in time it takes to drink a cup of tea.

During this interactive workshop we will work in groups to create heuristics that will work as a mind palace: resources that enable us to remember and think fast. We will also work on fast context analysis and modelling your context. Equipped with these tools, the groups will create test strategies for a series of project context. We will present and debrief our strategies, think critically about the presented strategies and collectively improve our test strategy skills. This is going to be fast-paced and a lot of fun.

Don’t worry if you think you’ve never created a test strategy before or that you can’t create a solid test strategy in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea. It’s not magic, you know. We’ll start nice and easy and allow you more time to work on strategies but as the workshop progresses and your skills develop, we’ll increase the complexity of the context and shorten the timescales. By the end of the session you’ll feel like Sherlock Holmes, ready to tackle any project context in the blink of an eye!

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    • Speaker

    • huib schoots


      Huib Schoots - Test Consultant , Improve Quality Services, Netherlands

      Huib is a tester, consultant and people lover. He shares his passion for testing through projects, consulting, coaching, training, and giving presentations on a variety of test subjects. With almost twenty years of experience in IT and software testing, Huib is experienced in different testing roles. Curious and passionate, he is an agile and context-driven tester who attempts to read everything ever published on software testing. Huib is one of four instructors of Rapid Software Testing. A member of TestNet, AST and ISST, black-belt in the Miagi-Do School of software testing and co-author of a book about the future of software testing. Huib maintains a blog on and tweets as @huibschoots. He works for Improve Quality Services, a provider of consultancy and training in the field of testing.

    • Co-Speaker

      Pekka Marjamäki - Solita Oy Finland

      The guy who does a lightning talk and uses 20% time to make people shout “TESTING” as loud as possible. The guy who does extempore workshops on test strategy in the hallway. That guy is Pekka Marjamäki. When cut, he bleeds f***ing software testing! Context-driven software tester who has a knack for coaching, problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinking. Currently a software testing specialist at Solita Oy, Finland. Years of experience from different projects ranging from virus protection to logistics acting as a test manager, devops-dude, coach and code-breaker. “Always be braver than the next guy!” PS: If you want to make a joke out of me, just point out that I’m a bass player. A good way to know that the conference platform is level is to check that drool comes from both corners of mouth of the bassist. ;) Pekka Marjamäki

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