Visual Test Design – Robert Sabourin
Empower your testing team
Many testing organizations are in a rut. Some testers spend a lot of time completing templates generating repetitive ineffective tests while important bugs slip right by. And then there is little time available to test the increasingly complex solutions being developed.
Visual test design techniques enable testers to create powerful test cases with less effort. Visual test design is about focusing on what really matters to customers, developers and all project stakeholders.
This virtual workshop uses four steps to teach each visual test design approach covered. Firstly the principles, philosophy, theory and history behind the method is explained. Secondly, the approach is illustrated with instructive examples. Next, the instructor walks through several sanitized examples of the method being applied to real commercial testing projects. Finally, before moving on to the next technique, relevant business, technical, organization and technical context drivers are reviewed. In which context has the method worked well? In which context has the method been effective? Are there known limitations?
Visual Test Designs
The test design approaches covered include a blend of classical test design methods using applied discrete math, a smattering of statistics and some experience based software engineering techniques. Core to all of these methods is the creation of visual images used to represent and communicate testing focus.
The course starts with using mind maps to identify test variables and then moves on to visual models used to isolate critical test values using domain analysis, equivalence partitioning and boundary conditions. Storyboards are used to elicit and design usage scenario-based tests. Control flow testing is used to isolate critical pathways to test in project workflows, data flows and even source code. Business rules are tested using simple and complex multiple variable decision tables. Transactional and embedded systems are testing with a blend of state model and state table approaches. Interdependent multiple variable testing is approached from two perspectives using Pareto charts for identifying commonly used transaction pathways and then with pairwise combinations using orthogonal arrays. Lastly a look at how system block diagrams can be used to develop very powerful failure mode test designs.
High-value methods real-world examples
Robert helps energize testers getting them out of their ruts, thinking outside the box and designing valuable tests. Many real-world case studies and fully worked out examples are provided to help you get started right away.
Rob also shows how some simple tools can help generate powerful visual test designs. (including some commercial, free and open source tools too).
Who Should Attend
This course is appropriate for anyone who works in software development who wants to get more valuable testing done effectively in less time. Test engineers, test managers, developers, QA engineers, and other software project team members would benefit from this course.
2-Day Course Outline
About the Instructor
Robert Sabourin, P.Eng. has more than 36 years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals to consistently deliver projects on-time, on-quality and on-budget.
As a respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has trained and mentored literally hundreds of top professionals in the field.
Robert is an Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at McGill University who often speaks to conferences around the world on software engineering, Software Quality Assurance, testing and management issues.
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