Product Ecology for Testers

Speaker: Ruud Cox

Time: 11:45, Wednesday


When we test a product we need to identify factors that should benefit from its values and we need to identify the threats to these values. Whenever we’re trying to figure out what a product should be in relation to its environment, we say we’re trying to understand its context.

Product Ecology is a method to identify all the factors that have meaningful relationships to the product. Each factor, like a stakeholders or another systems, as well as its relationships to the product and the product itself should be studied to an extent that the right level of information is gathered to inform a decision.

There is a common notion that information is best represented by text and maybe some diagrams. But what if we would start mapping our mental models into visual models and use these models while we are trying to make sense of the product and its context? Wouldn’t it be more effective if visual modeling was an integral part of solving a problem?

The purpose of this presentation is to describe and explain the Product Ecology method. We will also learn how heuristics and visualisation techniques can be used to resolve this context analysis problem. Examples from a real project will be used during this presentation to illustrate the points being made.

About Ruud Cox

Company Name: Improve Quality Services BV

Country: Netherlands

Company Role: Test Consultant

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruudcox/

Twitter Handle: @ruudcox