Date: May 24th, 2012 02:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m. Pacific
Weekend Testers: Teri Charles, Lisa Crispin, Priya Darsini, Albert Gareev, Mohinder Khosla, Gabriel Loo, Abhinav Sejpal, Bala Sista, Timothy Western
Facilitator: Michael Larsen
Agile Up 4 Here (#AU4H) is a code retreat that goes for one week. Elisabeth Hendrickson hosts it in her Agilistry Studio in Pleasanton, CA, and participants come from all over (Elisabeth and I being the most local; the other participants this time around are from the midwest, the East coast, Germany and Sweden).
What was interesting about this “weekday” Weekend Testing session was that the full development team was looking, reacting, learning and making changes based on the feedback.
We had a fun session, with a lot of confusion, frustration, discovery, understanding, and feedback (lots of feedback) based on what was in the game at the time of delivery. We were able to cycle through and fix a number of the issues in real time and push two releases during the testing session. We also had a discussion at the end about the variety of testing possibilities that were available to the testers, even with a relatively simple game. We shared the github code base with the testers, and some availed themselves to the opportunity of checking out the code and seeing if they could manipulate the environment to better test certain sections.
The board below shows the issues that are/were in play during the testing session. Cards with pink tags on them are those that were either found by Weekend Testing participants or confirmed by them.
This was an interesting experience to do a Weekend Testing session with a full development team in earshot of everything, as well as having the product owner actively participating during the session. It gave me a chance to see better into the application under development, and to also help facilitate and understand the challenges the testers were facing as they worked through the product and tested various areas.
The rest of the chat transcript can be seen here.