Wednesday, October 28, 2020 – Teaching Testing with Exercises

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, we are making our October KWality Talk available online for free.

Location: Online via Zoom link that will be available just prior to the meeting.

Time: Stream will start at approximately 11:55 am. Meeting starts at 12:00 pm. Meeting ends at approximately 1:00 pm.

Speaker: Matt Heusser

Topic: A lot of test education is PowerPoint. Yet we know that a disproportionate number of testers are tactile learners. We learn by doing, which is what makes many of us so good at exploration and discovery. This class involves actual testing. Participants are immersed in a simulation that includes time pressure, uncertainty, and conditions of ambiguity with evolving requirements. After sharing our bugs, we reflect on what we have learned, discuss as a group, then provide enough instructors’ notes for others to run the exercise with their own teams. We’ve been working on this simulation for a few years. We use it for job interviews and in training. Come learn how to demonstrate the value of testing, teach everyone some important lessons in testing, and maybe even learn a thing or two yourself.

Bio: As Managing Director of Excelon Development, Matt Heusser is arguably the single most prolific writer on software testing who is also a practitioner. The lead editor of “How To Reduce the Cost of Software Testing”, Matt is a co-author on “Save Our Scrum”, and was lead organizer of The Workshop on Self-Education in Software Testing, the Workshop on Teaching Test Design, and the Workshop on Technical Debt. His black-belt testing challenge inspired the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing in 2009.