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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Test Techniques

Whiteboarding—for Testers, Developers, and Customers, Too

How can testers spend more time doing productive testing and waste less time preparing "useless" project documentation? Rob Sabourin employs whiteboarding techniques to enable faster, easier, and more powerful communication and collaboration—without all the paperwork. Rob uses whiteboarding to help identify technical risks, understand user needs, and focus testing on what really matters to business stakeholders. Whiteboard block diagrams visualize technical risk to stakeholders. Whiteboard fault models highlight failure modes to developers and testers. Testers can elicit usage scenarios directly from customers using storyboard diagrams. Rob shows how simple whiteboarding strategies help testers learn new concepts, design better tests, and estimate their activities. Rob shares his experiences whiteboarding all kinds of visual models: time sequences, block diagrams, storyboards, state models, control flows, data flows, and mind maps. Save time and avoid the pain of back-and-forth or written document reviews that testers, developers, customers, and users often come to despise.

Rob Sabourin,

Rob Sabourin, P. Eng., has more than thirty years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A well-respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached hundreds of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization.

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