A bit of house keeping..

I’ve been away for a long long time! So long that I forgot about this blog and I need to start from scratch 😀

I thought of putting the list of my popular posts below so that it will be easier for anyone finding my blog to quickly go through them. So, here’s the list (in no particular order):

















Hope that helps some one! And I hope you enjoy reading them. As always, feedback would be great.

Until next time, Happy Testing!


Rapid Software Testing Workshop – Day 2

The day started much the same as Day 1. Here is the mindmap!

RST Day 2

The mysterious sphere is one of the most challenging exercises that you can come across. The Master uses it as an exercise to interview testers. Soon he was talking about the expected results, the Triangle exercise, MIPing, the importance of modelling, focus and defocus heuristics, the elliptical test team model etc.

The second session of the morning covered topics about matrices and bug counts and SBTM. Eventhough I had used SBTM in one of my earlier projects at work, I was not using it in the correct way as taught by James and Jon. I came to know some new things about SBTM, particularly about Survey Sessions, Analysis Sessions and Deep Coverage Sessions.

Then came more info about Exploratory testing and some very good examples on Scripted vs Exploratory testing, where James also mentioned about few more tools like Random Number Generator which can aid our testing.

The final part was the most awesome – the Dice Game! I have read about how challenging this exercise could be from former attendees of the workshop. But the details about the exercise was unknown to me. Myself and two others (Kalpana and Balaji) were in one table and we started out on the exercise. It took us some time to figure out the game itself. All this time the Master was roaming around different tables and making everyone confused! And it took only a very short time for the place to become chaos 🙂 Every team was trying out different things and after a while, one of the ladies solved it to an extent (its a pity that I can’t remember her name). Our team solved only the first part of it 😦

One of the most important things that comes to my mind is the word “Sympathetic Testing“, were the tester has to fall in love with the product, exploring what the product can do, without hurting it, without finding bugs.. Fascinating!

It was a really great experience to attend the workshop from the Master himself and the day will be remembered as a special day in my tester life as I got my copy of “Secrets of a Buccaneer Scholar” book autographed from the person who wrote it – James Bach. The Master wrote:

“Nandagopal, Thank you for attending my workshop. Now, ask Questions..”

The most important lesson for a tester..

Here I’m back from Bangalore after the workshop and the TestED conference (will be covered in the next blog post!); the experience slowly sinking into my head, wanting to become a better tester more and more..

Rapid Software Testing Workshop – Day 1

After a long pause, I’m back on the writer’s table! This was no ordinary week by any means for the tester in Me!

Ever since I read about Rapid Software Testing from a blog link, I wanted to attend this workshop from the man who coined this. And now, I’m a proud attendee of the Rapid Software Testing workshop by James Bach. The two days were absolutely wonderful. Days filled with lot of learning and thinking.

Here is an outline of my first day experience in the workshop.

RST Day 1

The Master is a very demanding teacher. He sets this expectation before starting the class itself and as promised, the exercises required the Socratic thinking expected of  the students.

The slides and program notes of RST are all available online, however, getting the information from the man himself is a special feeling. What is more important is listening to the experience he has had, were he talks about real life examples. The Master urges you to challenge his methods, and asks you to keep questioning. This is in fact, the essence of RST – “To test well, is to ask questions..”

James taught about Creep and Leap Heuristic for investigating patterns, there were topics on diplomacy, parenting, the important tools that can help your testing and many more; and not to forget the couple of magic tricks demonstrated to test our observation capabilities 🙂

It was a very fascinating first day on the workshop, with lots of new faces and some I already new; like Parimala, Mohit Verma, Rahul Gupta, Santosh Tuppad, Sunil Kumar, Dhanasekhar, Yagnesh and so on, and of course Pradeep Soundararajan!

I’ll be blogging about the 2nd day experience tomorrow!