Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rapid Testing Intensive - Day 3

Today was day 3 of Rapid Testing Intensive.  Unlike the other two days, today the "onsighters" and "onliners" split up.  Us onliners had the pleasure of working with Scott Barber, another master tester.  He gave a very interesting talk on Performance Testing.  We talked about TCO's (Test Coverage Outline), tools, and risks.

Here is the eBay performance TCO:

In the afternoon, James talked to us about Test Reporting and the use of Testing Tools. 

  • Heart of testing.
  • Structure which helps to manage testing.
  • A test report is any description, explanation, or justification of the status of a test project.
  • A comprehensive test report is all of those things together.
  • A professional test report is one thoughtfully designed to serve the clients of testing in context.
  • A test report isn't just the facts, it's a story about the facts. Learn to tell the testing story!
  • Make choice of which facts matter.
  • Practice test reporting. Even if your management doesn't want it, practice anyway.  It's one of the hearts of Rapid Testing.

  • Tools (and automation) are important for many aspects of testing the product, but they do not take the place of what humans can find in testing.
  • Do not get so dependent on a tool/automation that you miss things.
  • If you are spending so much time keeping the tool/automation running, you may not be thinking about what needs to be tested today.
  • Are you spending a lot of effort/time/money on tools/automation that keeps breaking?
  • Use free tools!
  • If your company buys an expensive tool, then you have to use it because the money was spent, but not if you're using a free tool.
  • They can work if your product is very easy to test and it doesn't change much.  Does that describe your product?
A nice mix in teams that James like:
  • Not all testers should be programmers.
  • Have at least one person on the team that loves tools/programming.
  • Someone that absolutely hates tools.
  • Someone good in math.
  • A good writer.
  • Liberal art majors (yay for us liberal arts majors!).
  • Musician.
  • The toolsmith should be directed by testers.


  1. Yeah its provide structure which helps to manage testing. According to my views professional test report is one thoughtfully designed to serve the clients of testing in context.

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