I posted some thoughts on how I approach test strategy and what the term means to me a week or so ago. The Rat Pack had some questions on the post and I answered them. But the conversation made me realize that it may be beneficial if I take some time to talk not only about what I choose to put into a test strategy, but why I approach the strategy that way. Chance are that my approach won’t work for you, but my “approach to the approach” likely will.
So I’m going to give one of those web-talk prezo things on Thursday, October 14 at 9:00am Pacific time.
Abstract: Come hear Alan Page talk about how he defines a test strategy and how he decides what to include. Ask questions, get answers, learn something, have fun.
I’ll post the login information here prior to the meeting – just add the time to your calendar, come here a bit early and sign in and we’ll see what happens. I’ll post details on twitter as well.
The discussion will end at 10:00am. I’ll plan to talk from 9:05 to 9:30. We’ll use the rest of the time to discuss your thoughts on the subject and to answer a whole bunch of questions.
I’ll be presenting from the brand new Microsoft Lync console – this gives you a few options that you can use to attend the meeting
- You can use the Lync Attendee Only Console. This comes in an Administrator version and a User level version. (the main difference being that you can install the non-admin version if you’re not an administrator). If you want to use this, just install it ahead of time and you’ll be ready to go next Thursday.
- If you don’t feel like installing software, you can use the web client. I’ve tested it on IE8, IE9, Firefox, and Chrome, so hopefully it will work for you. It does, however, require Silverlight, so if you install that ahead of time, you should be in good shape.
- We do have a Mac client, but as far as I know, it’s not available as part of the public RC (sorry).
- If you work at MS, and you really want to hear what I have to say…you’ll figure out what to do.
As an added incentive – since you are all testers, you’re welcome to do anything you want to try to make the meeting go badly (short of heckling me too much). I may regret this, but I challenge you to make bad (software) things happen while we talk about test strategy. My goal, of course, will be to be so engaging that you forget to break stuff – we’ll see how it goes.