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Testing Under Pressure

Strategies to Succeed When Time is Short

Learn real world strategies to “triage” testing focus and bug priorities, to widen the testing net with ideas, to build a dynamic set of tests, to actively monitor business, technological, and organizational “context” drivers, and more.

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  • Learn how to focus on “what really matters”
  • Actively identify, listen to, and learn from context drivers
  • Create effective decision-making workflows
  • Dynamically prioritize testing
  • Triage ruthlessly
  • Avoid wasteful re-work in all aspects of test implementation and execution
  • Testing tactics which focus efforts when you have no time and limited resources

Testers often work with severe time limits

A cast-in-concrete delivery date looms on your project’s horizon. You have precious little time remaining, and the development team keeps delivering incomplete builds of unstable code. Is this a “death march” project, or can the testing team actually do something useful, or perhaps even save the day? This course reveals principals that can be applied based on successful testing experiences from outrageously turbulent projects.

Real World Strategies
Based on years of experience, your instructor shows how to “triage” testing focus and bug priorities; how to widen the testing net with a rich “variety” of ideas; how to build a dynamic “heap” of tests; how to always know the “last best build”; and how to actively monitor business, technological, and organizational “context” drivers.

Who Should Attend?
Designed for test leads, test managers, and development managers, This course provides examples from real world experiences based on how testers have been able to deliver value in turbulent contexts. The strategies presented can be applied by test, development or project managers. Class activities are used to help delegates identify how the principals might apply in their own organization, project framework or development lifecycle models. If you are looking for effective testing strategies when time is running out, development is late, and change is rampant, this session is for you..

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Course Outline

Key pain points
What does testing really do?
Testing under pressure
Critical incidents analysis

Principal: Begin with the End in Mind
Fundamental question of software engineering
Are we there yet?
What quality is all about
Dijkstra’s truth about testing
Pareto analysis

Principal: Active Context Listening
Influence and decision making
Identifying context drivers
Business values
Technological solutions
Organizational structures
Dynamic listeners
Taking action

Decision Making
First things first
Workflow models
Identifying stakeholders
Individual decisions
Priority, severity, and consequence
Getting stakeholder buy-in
Adapt to change—making it real

Ruthlessly Triage
Test idea sources
Impact estimation
Rejecting ideas
When and how to triage
Deciding what not to test?
Triage and stakeholder value
Offering alternatives
The Last Best Build
The software delivery palette
Objective assessment
Subjective assessment
Getting Organized for Extreme Time Pressure
Getting things done
Testing the builds
Smoke testing
FAST: Functional Acceptance Simple Testing
Focused: Regression Testing
Session-based exploratory testing
Class Activities and Discussions
Examples and case studies provided


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