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The phrase “test strategy” can refer to the general way, independent of project, that an organization carries out its testing, which often includes common patterns such as analytical risk-based testing, methodical testing, reactive testing, and model-based testing. The phrase “test strategy” can also refer to a document the describes this general way of testing.


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Articles

Exploratory Testing: Snake Oil, Snake Bite, or Smart Idea?

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This document is used to help determine the amount and quality of testing (or its scope) that is planned for or has been performed on a project. This analysis results in the testing effort being assigned to a particular Testing Level category.

Categorizing the quality and thoroughness of the testing that has been performed is useful when analyzing the metrics for the project. For example if only minimum testing was performed, how come so many person-hours were spent testing? Or if the maximum amount of testing was performed, how come there are so many trouble calls coming into the help desk?

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This is an excerpt from my book, Expert Test Manager, written with James Rommens and Leo van der Aalst. I hope it helps you think more clearly about the test strategies you use.

A test policy contains the mission and objectives of testing along with metrics and goals associated with the effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction with which we achieve those objectives. In short, the policy defines why we test. While it might also include some high-level description of the fundamental test process, in general the test policy does not talk about how we test.

The document that describes how we test is the test strategy. In the test strategy, the test group explains how the test policy will be implemented. This document should be a general description that spans multiple projects. While the test strategy can describe how testing is done for all projects, organizations might choose to have separate documents for various types of projects. For example, an organization might have a sequential lifecycle test strategy, an Agile test strategy, and a maintenance test strategy.

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Podcast Episodes

What is it about testing, done really well, that provides long-term satisfaction to the stakeholders? Who are the stakeholders and what do they want from testing? What are the external and internal forms of value delivery in testing that truly satisfy? How can testers and test managers build testing organizations that provide this satisfaction over the long term? How can we, as test professionals, create elegance, effectiveness, efficiency, and even delight for ourselves and our stakeholders in our work? Join this webinar to learn how to succeed as a test manager and a test team by delivering value that satisfies your stakeholders.

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This webinar will give attendees an overview of the significant test strategies in use by testers in various industries and business domains around the world. We’ll examine: analytical strategies (where testers analyze requirements or risks to identify the test conditions to cover); model-based strategies (where testers develop a model of the environment in which the system exists, the inputs and conditions to which the system is subjected, and how the system should behave); methodical strategies (where testers use a predetermined set of test conditions, such as a quality standard or set of heuristics); process-compliant strategies (where testers follow a set of processes defined by others, such as Agile testing); reactive strategies (where testers react to the actual system under test rather than trying to pre-plan the testing); and, other strategies in common use. Rex will explain the pros and cons of each of these strategies, and factors that aid or impede success with them. You’ll also learn how to blend test strategies to achieve optimal results, far better than any single strategy can deliver.

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In 2003, Rex’s book, Critical Testing Processes, came out. In it, Rex introduced a test process framework based on criticality, and focused on business value. With the 2012 publication of Rex’s new e-book, Improving the Testing Process, Rex provides a clear set of guidelines on how to use the Critical Testing Processes framework to assess and improve your testing processes. It includes questions to ask and metrics to evaluate. In this webinar, Rex will explain the evaluation guidelines and how to apply them to your organization. You’ll come away ready to get started on bottom-line focused, data-driven improvements to your testing processes.

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This is another webinar in a series on advanced software testing, excerpted from Rex’s popular books, Managing the Testing Process, third edition, and Advanced Software Testing: Volume II, a book for test managers. In this webinar, Rex will discuss test policies, strategies and plans. We’ll cover various topics that test managers must consider to make sure that test goes as smoothly as possible. What should testing accomplish and how do we recognize success? How should we approach testing? What specific activities need to be planned for each project? What risks can affect testing, and how can we manage those risks in our test plans? How does lifecycle affect these documents? Join this webinar, illustrated with examples throughout, to learn techniques that you can apply to your work right away.

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Webinar: Strategies of Testing, Not Schools: 9/4/14


Length: 1h 14m 12s

A relatively small but vocal assemblage of testers talk about “schools of testing,” but do you have to belong to one? Or can you pick and choose appropriate testing strategies based on your project, organization, and team needs and priorities? In this webinar, Rex will demonstrate how the “schools of testing” concept has actually limited our profession. In the place of this failed paradigm, Rex describes a set of powerful testing strategies that can be customized and blended to create an effective, efficient, and fulfilling test approach. As always, Rex will take your questions after the webinar is over.

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Webinar: Schools of Testing Debate 4/15/2014


Length: 1h 10m 9s

“Schools of Testing”: Useful Paradigm or Negative Influence? Are there really four different “schools of testing”? Do you have to belong to one? Or are there just different testing strategies, to be selected and blended as appropriate? Has the concept of “schools of testing” promoted clearer thinking about testing, or has this concept actually created a useless schism, sowing conflict and slowing growth of the profession? In this debate, Rex Black argued the negative side of the case, being one of the leading critics of the concept of “schools of testing.” One the other side, you’ll hear one of the originators of the concept, Cem Kaner, argue for its benefits. Love it or hate it, you can hear both sides and make up your own mind.

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Training

ISTQB Virtual Expert Test Management Operational Test Manager Boot Camp

The Expert Test Management Operational Test Manager Boot Camp, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Expert Level Syllabus Test Management, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification in a short timeframe with time and money constraints. 

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Black-box Bug-a-thon

If you are looking to spend one day learning powerful test techniques in a hands-on way using real apps, and having fun while doing so in a friendly yet competitive setting, this black-box bug-a-thon is for you.

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ISTQB Expert Test Management Strategic Test Manager Training

The Expert Test Management Strategic Test Manager course, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Expert Level Syllabus Test Management, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. 

This hands-on course provides test engineers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the strategy into action and is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. In preparation for the exam, participants will learn the subject matter behind the test standard and deepen their understanding by working through case studies and exercises. In group exercises, typical review situations are played out and analyzed.

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ISTQB Virtual Expert Test Management Strategic Test Manager Training

The Virtual Expert Test Management Strategic Test Manager course, created by Rex Black, past President of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB), past President of the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) and co-author of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board Expert Level Syllabus Test Management, is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. 

This hands-on course provides test managers with the ability to define and carry out the tasks required to put the strategy into action and is ideal for testers and test teams preparing for certification. In preparation for the exam, participants will learn the subject matter behind the test standard and deepen their understanding by working through case studies and exercises. In group exercises, typical review situations are played out and analyzed.

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