"Risk Mitigation Using Exploratory and Technical Testing" QA Symphony Webinar - June 2016

A webinar in partnership with QASymphony on 28th June 2016. Entitled "Risk Mitigation Using Exploratory and Technical Testing".

When we test our systems, we very often use business risk to prioritize and guide our testing. But there are so many more ways of modeling risk. If business risk is our only risk model then we ignore technology risks, and the risks that our processes themselves are adding to our project. Ignoring technical risk means that we don't improve our technical skills to allow us to model, observe and manipulate our systems at deeper levels and we miss finding important non-obvious problems. Too often people mistakenly equate 'technical testing' with automating because they don't model technical risk.

A replay, recorded live over the telephoned is available to watch after registering on QASymphony site.

A higher quality audio recorded version of this talk is also available, in Evil Tester Talks: Technical Testing.

Slides

This talk is also available,
with bonus transcript, extra videos,
exercises and resources,
in Evil Tester Talks: Technical Testing.

Notes

I have created a pdf which has some of the main slides in it, and some text to explain some of the slides. This is a little more than a set of speaker notes, but is not a transcription.

Notes pdf (4.5Mb)

Blurb

When we test our systems, we very often use business risk to prioritize and guide our testing. But there are so many more ways of modeling risk. If business risk is our only risk model then we ignore technology risks, and the risks that our processes themselves are adding to our project. Ignoring technical risk means that we don't improve our technical skills to allow us to model, observe and manipulate our systems at deeper levels and we miss finding important non-obvious problems. Too often people mistakenly equate 'technical testing' with automating because they don't model technical risk. In this webinar we'll explain how to model risk and us that to push our testing further. We'll also explain how to avoid some of the pitfalls people fall into while improving their technical testing.

Notes

I have talked about Technical Testing and Exploratory Testing before, but I wanted to approach it from a different perspective.

'Risk' underpins pretty much all the work that I do, but I don't think I've really talked about it before, so I wanted to explore technical testing from a perspective of 'risk'. That will create a different set of material to support my thoughts on technical testing than the practical work I often talk about.

Social Media Mentions

Neil Studd provided an impressive live running commentary on twitter throughout the webinar. Thanks Neil.

This talk is also available,
with bonus transcript, extra videos,
exercises and resources,
in Evil Tester Talks: Technical Testing.