#RSTORCAS notes from day 3

Here are my notes from the third and final day of the RST class I recently attended:

RST – Liberation, Power, Mobility
Aware of the possibilities
Sees the system
Realizes there’s no one way
Personal to each person
Invariants – skill, motivation, heuristics
Work on  strengths, ignore/outsource weaknesses
Use weaknesses to convince people to help you
Take a personal inventory
Poke at weaknesses a bit – you may not have explored/developed enough
Be OK with the fact that it may not be for you
If you’re a tuna, don’t fight on land
Assert (gently) your natural rhythm
You have power
Impedance mismatches block energy
Building credibility
Find what your good at
Make sure people know it
Working with developers
Try this: give them respect
Exploratory Testing
An approach, not a technique
Applicable to any technique
Professional ad hoc testing (look up the real definition of “ad hoc”)
Not sloppy – done for a particular purpose
The explicit part of exploratory testing is simple; the tacit part is massive
All good testing is both exploratory and scripted
They are opposites but not mutually exclusive
Sometimes it’s good and important
Exploratory comes first
Learning how to self-manage also comes first
Formal scripted testing is an advanced topic not in this class
Moolya in India
No test scripts – mind maps
Invest in mentoring, training
Won’t do fake testing
All testing is structured unless it’s random
Self-management
Have some disposable time
Novice testers less – expert testers more
Take notes
Manage your mental engagement
Each project slightly different process
Rapid testers are in charge of their process
General defocusing heuristic
If you are frustrated, defocus
If you are confused, focus
Don’t have an inappropriate attachment to test data
Test documentation could be lists, mindmaps, grids on a spreadsheet
Should be concise
Documentation is like having children – think about maintenance
Plunge in and quit heuristic
If you don’t know how to do something, try it before giving up
If you want to find unanticipated bugs you need distractible people
Long leash heuristic
Give yourself a fixed amount of time to be distracted
Use an alarm clock to remind you to come back
Practice this for one day – a muscle you can develop
Development skills can be important

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