Date: Saturday 29th March, 2014
Time: 2:00 PM AEDT (click here to check time in your timezone)
Facilitator: Alessandra Moreira
Attendees: JeanAnn Harrison, Santosh Mohan, Bibhu Parida, Saaketh G, Olga, Nachi, Teri Charles, Anne-Marie Charrett, Jyothi Rangaiah, Karthikeyan Palaniswamy
“Exploratory Testing charters define the area we’re testing and the kind of vulnerabilities we’re looking for”*. Charters are an important part of exploration and how we set them can have an impact in the testing we do. Being able to create charters that are not too vague or too detailed can be seeing as as form of art.
The goal for this session was to practice creating charters and discuss what impact confirmation bias can have when testing. The session was setup to break the group into two teams, give them 2 slightly different missions (one which emphasized good development and no bugs, and the other emphasized that developers were inexperienced and there were lots of bugs) – with the aim of discussing how differently the two groups would approach test planning with that information in mind.
As with any exploratory testing session, the mission of this WTANZ session had to adapt to context. As the session progressed, the mission changed to ‘understanding charters’ only, as there was confusion about the definition of a charter. Accordingly we went back to basics and discussed:
- What is a charter
- How to create and use charters
- The importance of asking questions when testing
- How do we know what to test
- Basics of SBTM
By the end of the session we all had a better understanding as we got to talk and practice these concepts. We never got to talk about the influence of confirmation bias, but not to worry, we will cover it in a future session.
*Rigorous Exploratory Testing – Elizabeth Hendrickson