Graphical Test Planning or how to left shift for more impact

Thursday 8 May 2014, 7pm for 7:30 start

Venue: Citrix Systems Research & Development Ltd., Building 101, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0FY.

David Bradley


Projects often suffer due to finding design issues too late in the development lifecycle and the unpredictability this causes in estimating, planning, test design, execution, quality and costs. These issues are further compounded when we test very complex, large-scale, highly-distributed, multi-layer systems by multiple, geographically dispersed test teams.

In this session we will present Graphical Test Planning, an innovative approach to testing that allows testers to use their skills and experience to identify and eliminate design issues from project conception onwards. It will challenge testers to think about how they might approach and test a product, and how it could empower them to become an integral part of the whole project lifecycle and not just once coding starts.

The session will show how we can start from just a conceptual idea of the system and iteratively develop a simple, graphical model that enables us to gain a greater understanding of the system, verifies the system design and shows expected test coverage, without needing requirements or documentation to start or throughout the project. It will show how these models convey information in a way that can be easily understood so we can elicit input from many different sources.

During the session we will also see how these models can help us with our decision making, estimating, planning, test case design, and how they could be used to test early code drops without designing a single test case.