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What do Testers do? by Mind Map: What do Testers do?
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What do Testers do?

Adrian Rapan - Test analyst

http://www.testfeed.co.uk/

@adyon2004

working at LMAX Exchange

What are some of the things people think you do?

What people think you do

Sigurdur Birgisson - http://happytesting.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/what-a-software-tester-does/

Randomly click things

Safety net

Gateway

Check off requirements

Input/output

If the automation is effective and working well in CI, people might not believe you need to do anything.

Policing developers and nagging them with your defects

Why this talk?

experiment

Wanted to see what the Testers thought

http://dancedwiththetester.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/testing-thoughts-idea-what.html

agile transition

@tonybruce77 - Software consultant

Focus

Testing

People

http://dancedwiththetester.blogspot.co.uk/

Testing is

a job

a career

interesting

boring (to some)

depending how you do it

exciting

depending how you do it

a challenge

something we all do from birth

Realise

We ask questions

Stakeholders

Customers

Requirements

Schedule

Ourselves

Testers

?

In order to investigate and gather information so decisions can be made

Testers

Creativity

Think, Lateral, Logical, Dark, Different perspectives, User, Troublemaker, Stake holder, Developer, Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766, Six Thinking Hats

Silliness

Relationships

Experience

Rationality

Irrationality

Communication, Story telling, Questions

Information

Analysis

Context

Collaborate

Curiosity, Investigative skills

Why?

What if?

Learn

Make use of all of our senses

Technical skills

Humour

Knowledge, Tacit knowledge, difficult to transfer to another person, has been described as “know-how”, (Henry) Bessemer process, cheap mass production of steel from iron, cooling air process which took out the impurties, trick was in knowing when to stop the air flow, impurities in the iron and concluded that the solution lay in knowing when to turn off the flow of air in his process so that the impurities were burned off but just the right amount of carbon remained, Example, Cooking, Cookie monster, http://xaxor.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/WTF-cooking-fails13.jpg, Implicit Knowledge, Implicit and tacit knowledge are thought to be similiar but it's thought that implicit can be turned to explicit and tacit cannot, Explicit knowledge, knowledge that has been articulated, codified, and stored in certain media

A tester is somebody who knows that things can be different. - Jerry Weinberg

To finish - What do Testers do?

You are not a safety net

You are not a gateway

You are not a judge

Use a number of different approaches, techniques, soft skills,hard skills, knowledge, information, context, experience, investigative curiosity, constant learning and much much more to question. We do this in order to provide information to help gain more information to help those who need to make decisions. We use different skills and personality traits at different times to achieve what we need to do

Thank you @tonybruce77 http://dancedwiththetester.blogspot.co.uk/

@adyon2004 http://testfeed.co.uk/

Things to discuss?

What

Information providers

Team builders, mentoring, coaching

criteque

explorers

How

Investigate, question everything and everybody, facilitate

Share information, Building models of the system, it's valuable documentation, be it excel spreadsheets, domain diagrams, state transition diagrams, live specifications, Radiate information to fellow colleagues, especially to other testers, internet resources; pointing them to blogs/articles/meetups, brown bags, general overview of the system

Appropiate preparation, testing strategy, planning, tooling, heuristics, gathering experience on building heuristics

discussions, get people started on talking about insecure/feeble areas of their understanding of the system, brainstorming, ask strategic questions that verify the understanding of the team

Who

Everybody

Why

Provide information, decisions made

When

All the time

Maybe we should do like a primary and secondary.

Like introducing new processes could be a secondary

Clarify domain language

A tester can be

creative

detailed

good with language

good communicator

knowledgable

a facilitator

Prove

How can we prove our value?

#bddx