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Agile Testers Conference 2018 - Technology Based Technical Testing

A simple example illustrating the complexity involved when combining basic technologies and how an understanding of the technologies involved can help us identify risk and reduce the scope of testing.

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Technology Based Technical Testing

What do you learn if you want to test ‘beyond the acceptance criteria’? Technical risk based testing can help. In this case I’m going to use the phrase Technical Testing to cover: “identify technology based risks to drive testing”. This thought process can help us make informed decisions about the scope of exploratory testing we will carry out. It also helps focus your studies on the technical knowledge appropriate for the project you are testing.

In this talk I use a simple example to illustrate the need for technology understanding to help reduce test scope and identify risk.

You can read the slides below.

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The Blurb

A Technology Based Testing thought process can help us make informed decisions about the scope of exploratory testing we will carry out. It also helps focus your studies on the technical knowledge appropriate for the project you are testing.

This requires:

  • understanding of the technology
  • risk identification
  • tools applicable to the technology

This presentation will use a simple example to demonstrate that:

  • Even simple technology can pose risk
  • Combining simple technology can increase risk
  • Understanding technology allows us to evaluate risk

The Slides

The slides are available as slides on slideshare

Technology Based Testing from Alan Richardson

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This talk is also available,
with bonuses (e.g. transcript, extra videos,
exercises and resources),
in Evil Tester Talks: Technical Testing.