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Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 11:15am - 12:15pm
Personal Excellence

Six Thinking Hats for Designing Exploratory Testing Charters Prior Year Content

Before starting an exploratory testing session, you should create a charter that defines the range and the goal of your effort. Because a good charter usually results in a productive testing session, charter design is an important and creative skill in session-based exploratory testing. During her years of coaching, Xiaomei Tai has found that many testers have difficulty creating high-quality charters, so she likes to share the way of using Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats approach in charter design. For example, use the blue hat to generate initial ideas for intake sessions; use the white hat to create collecting-information charters for survey sessions; use the black hat and the green hat to get some negative or creative testing charters for deep coverage sessions; and so on. In this session you will practice using the six thinking hats in an interesting exercise, and then compare and discuss the designs of the other delegates. Take away the benefits of applying the six thinking hats in charter design.

Xiaomei Tai

Xiaomei Tai has eleven years of software testing experience working in Huawei, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of telecommunication devices. In 2012, Xiaomei became an independent software testing consultant, spreading and coaching the methods she put forward such as MFQ&PPDCS framework for test analysis and test design, T-RCA for defect based test improvement, and KLTDR for describing a testing mind, etc. She is the co-founder and program chair of the ChinaTest conference (2012–2015). Xiaomei and her colleagues endeavor to improve the Chinese software testing industry. More of her activities and ideas can be found on her website

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