- Mind Mapping 101
The following post looks at the usage of mind maps for various testing activities such as test design, test planning, session reports, requirements analysis, self organisation, and so on. It is intended as a high level overview of the benefits mind mapping can bring to testing.
Date posted: February 14, 2011
- Lightweight personas
In the following post I discuss the concept of lightweight personas, and look at how they can be used to prompt test idea’s. I explain the differences briefly, between a traditional persona and a lightweight one. I then go on to give examples of real life lightweight personas and demonstrate how they can be used to inspire idea’s.
Date posted: June 12, 2011
- Tales from the trenches: Keyword based testing
This was my approach to breaking down a testing challenge imposed upon my team at the time by one of our colleagues. It shows how lateral thinking can be used to break down what at first might seem to be a difficult task.
Date posted: November 16, 2010
- Tales from the trenches: Proactive testing
Proactive testing, is a form of testing which looks to begin testing prior to code being committed into the code base. This article explains two techniques use to great success combined with an awareness metric.
Date posted: October 7, 2010
- The power of Claims Testing
A look into claims testing and how it can be a powerful tool in any testers arsenal.
Date posted: December 8, 2010
- Tales from the trenches: Essential test case design.
Avoiding discussing much documented techniques, this article looks at tried and tested techniques and approaches that I have used which you can use too, to improve testing in your workplace.
Date posted: May 25, 2011
- Essential mind mapping: Rapid test design.
An overview of rapid test design techniques using mind mapping. This post looks at the limitations of traditional test design techniques and how mind mapping can overcome those. It provides an understanding of how and why mind mapping improves test design. We compare two design approaches: conditions Vs ideas, before going over several techniques to improve your mind mapping experience
Date posted: November 7, 2011
- Tales from the trenches: Lean test case design
A proactive testing approach to test design, which harnesses the holistic power of mind mapping and the strength of models to create conditional test conditions for developers to run, prior to committing code.
Date posted: October 28, 2010
- Test ideas for a login process
Test design ideas for a login process. An extensive list of what you should consider, while testing a products login process.
Date posted: September 3, 2011
Usability and User Experience
- Learnability, affordance, and rejected systems.
A look into the interesting subject of learnability and the common get-outs one will experience while trying to tackle such problems as a tester. Examples of good, ok and poor learnability are provided, before touching on the subject of rejected systems and affordance in designs
Date posted: September 20, 2011