The Magic of Sherlock Holmes: Test Strategy In The Blink Of An Eye!

The quick wit and sharp observational skills of Sherlock Holmes used to analyze and solve the greatest mysteries is legendary. And even though Sherlock Holmes often expressed a need for the sleuthing to stick to the facts, his actions would often demonstrate that he was very reliant on his intuition as well, and clearly saw both logic and intuition as equal partners in solving the mysteries before him.

“How should we test this?” is one of the toughest mysteries a practicing tester can encounter. To answer this question we need to consider our context and devise a workable strategy. This is a skill that is seldom taught and much of the related literature is weak and uninspiring. To develop this important skill, this workshop is devised where we will sharpen your strategic thinking skills to enable you to create a baseline test strategy for a product in time it takes to drink a cup of tea.

During this interactive workshop we will work in groups to create heuristics that will work as a mind palace: resources that enable us to remember and think fast. We will also work on fast context analysis and modelling your context. Equipped with these tools, the groups will create test strategies for a series of project contexts. We will present and debrief our strategies, think critically about the presented strategies and collectively improve our test strategy skills.

This is going to be fast-paced and a lot of fun. Don’t worry if you think you’ve never created a test strategy before or that you can’t create a solid test strategy in the time it takes to drink a cup of tea. It’s not magic, you know. We’ll start nice and easy and allow you more time to work on strategies but as the workshop progresses and your skills develop, we’ll increase the complexity of the context and shorten the timescales. By the end of the session you’ll feel like Sherlock Holmes, ready to tackle any project context in the blink of an eye!

Key Takeaways

  • Learn about heuristic to use to create test strategies
  • Learn how to create a test strategy fast
  • Improve you thinking skills
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