Rapid Software Testing: My three take aways

First let me state the date, it is 3 November 2011 when I’m write this blog.
I just finished a three day session of the Rapid Software Testing (RST) course with Michael Bolton.
A good friend of mine and DEWT buddy, Huib Schoots, asks me the following on twitter: “What is your top 3 take aways #RST”. I decided not to respond on twitter but to blog about it. The funny answer is: “My top 3 take away of the RST training is; Day 1, Day 2 followed by Day 3”
It is difficult pick a top 3. All topics disccused where great, but I made a selection.

  1. Heusristics
  2. working with this using a mind mapping tool. I don’t go into the details on this one, because you must experience this

  3. How to deal with test estimation
  4. The list with statements of the estimation factor we as testers have to deal with.
    Also the relation of estimation to Session Based Exploratory Testing and Session Based Test Management, a tester can do that many sesssion per day. An estimation/coverage can be set up quickly

  5. Blink test, perlclip and the use of excel for test data generation
  6. Awesome how this works

My DEWT buddy Philip Hoeben also attended the course. He had four take aways

  1. Better understanding “Uh” “So” “Really” and the power of those questions
  2. Lot more info than I imagined are test results
  3. I am struggling with test coverage. Now I have some ideas how to share information about test coverage that makes sense.
  4. Excel is a cool test tool

RST is a 3 day training where you learn a way of testing that is fast, smart and exciting. It is different than the way testing is teached by the ISTQB and the TMAP association. RST enriches you how to think about testing and give you better insight how to get the most important bugs in the application we are testing as quickly as possible.

To wrap up, I say sorry to the people who had hoped to see a detailed experience report about RST. You must expereince it yourself. What I can give is an overview of the topics presented in the training

  1. Class Introduction
  2. Heuristics
  3. Project Environment And Context
  4. Models And Inferences
  5. Quality Criteria And Oracles
  6. Product Elements And Coverage
  7. Test Techniques And Procedures
  8. Strategy Regression And Repetition
  9. Exploratory Testing
  10. Documentation Recording And SBTM
  11. Reporting And The Dashboard
  12. Stopping Heuristics
  13. Estimation
  14. Quick Tests
  15. Boundaries
  16. Test Framing
  17. Reference Inference Conference
  18. Rapid Automation
  19. Class Wrap Up

Information about the RST training can be found on the website of Michael Bolton

Note that siting three days in class with the test gurus Michael Bolton or James Bach is also inspiring.

Therefore I shout to the Test Community. FOLLOW THIS TRAINING.

P.S. : Michael, thanks for the three days of inspiration.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. qtp says:

    Thanks for sharing.

    It’s very useful for all.


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