Think Like A Tester

Tutorial C     Start Time : 09:30     End Time : 13:00

Testing is primarily a thinking activity. There are hands-on aspects, and tools doing a lot of the work, but the intelligentia lies in the tester’s mind.

So testing starts and ends in your head, and if you know more about your strength and weaknesses you can do a better job. In this half-day tutorial we will mix theory and exercises as they complement each other.

We will cover aspects like:

  • critical thinking – e.g. questioning things that aren’t as apparent as others think
  • creative thinking – finding new perspectives and solutions for a unique situation
  • logical thinking – understand how things fit together and affect each other
  • pragmatic thinking – finding solutions that will actually work
  • modelling – you are always using a model, regardless if you are aware of it or not
  • learning – the input and output of (good) testing


People are unique, which is a good thing, so this tutorial have a few truths, but hopefully inspiring material that will help you broaden your perspectives. The goal is to learn more about our thinking, and have a bit of fun while doing it.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Learn more about different aspects of testers’ thinking
  2. Practice on exercises for different aspects of your thinking
  3. Take the chance to think about your thinking


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  • Speaker

  • Rikard Edgren


    Rikard Edgren - Test Expert, Nordic Medtest, Sweden

    Rikard Edgren describes himself as a humanistic and technical tester since 1998, specialized in generalities like test strategy and exploratory testing. Thus far Rikard has had eight speaking appearances at EuroSTAR and was a winner of the Best Conference Tutorial Award in 2014, and Programme Chair in 2018. Rikard is a member of the think-tank The Test Eye, co-author of Software Quality Characteristics, author of The Little Black Book on Test Design and Den Lilla Svarta om Teststrategi and a contributor the EuroSTAR’s recent publication ‘The Little Book of Testing Wisdom‘. Rikard currently works as Test expert at Nordic Medtest, Karlstad, Sweden, working with the Swedish healthcare infrastructure.

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