Tutorial B

Collaborative Test Design

Wim Decoutere

Michaël Pilaeten

09:00-17:00 CEST Tuesday 13th June

Collaborative user story writing, review discussions, pair testing, crowd testing, … Testers are working more and more with others to achieve higher levels of quality for the products they help deliver, yet there is one activity in the test process that testers keep doing alone.

Whether you are determining your equivalence classes, setting up your decision tables or struggling with n-switch coverage for your state transition diagram, typically it is just you by yourself trying to uncover the required test cases for an item under test. Even if you are part of a team of testers, you still split up the work, each tester being responsible for his or her assigned part of functionality. You might review or execute your colleagues’ work, yet that is not considered real collaboration.

Everybody knows that when people work together, the sum is often greater than its parts, so why do we keep designing tests all alone? Traditional test design techniques seem to be created for solo application, so where to find the tunes to sing a different song?

In this workshop, we want to answer the question on how to design great tests together with your peers. Different techniques will be presented and more important, also applied, so you can experience yourself how well each new technique suits your needs. Since cooperation does not come out of a can from a vending machine, we will not only focus on the results, but also on setting the required context for collaborative test design. All by doing and experiencing yourselves!

The best part is that you can take home the results that come out of this workshop. Not just the techniques, but also the test cases that we will elaborate all together.

What are you waiting for? Now is your chance to expand your test design tool case(s) with techniques that you can practice with the whole team. Let’s make testing even more fun!



Bringing your own laptop or a tablet is recommended, though this device is not needed for the entire workshop.