Tutorial E

Teaching QA Through Gamification

Jana Gierloff

Zoran Gjorgiev

09:30-13:00 CEST Tuesday 28th September

If learning is the goal, games are the solution. We all want the whole team to actively help build up the project’s quality and to feel responsible for their contributions in this area. The challenging part is often transferring the knowledge and skills to enable them to do so. If you would like to learn about a highly effective way of nurturing the QA mindset in others, then this tutorial is for you.

We have found games that are entertaining and great for groups of people, and we have created versions of them tailored for teaching QA and Agile testing knowledge for our teams. It has become clear to us that these QA games have power unlike other methods of coaching because they actively engage people through their participation and entertainment value. This makes the learning aspect a very easy by-product of what is essentially enjoying an activity with colleagues.

For our own needs, we already utilise several different games, both online and in person. Some have very minor modifications; others are a complete redesign with Agile testing in mind. We believe almost any game can easily be remodelled into a QA version, but as we will see in the tutorial some are more fitting to this concept and can provide a bigger learning value due to their setup. We will see in action the games we have created, how they came to be by having a look at our whole process of turning an idea into a final product.

By the end of this tutorial, you will hopefully have thoughts on how you can gamify your own coaching goals. To help with that after the tutorial we will also share the actual setup and rules for our games with you.