Such an honour to present this last Masterclass of 2018. I want to thank everyone who listened and participated. Thank you @b.fellows for your feedback and comments too. The Q&A was a lot easier for me due to the interaction - though I hope people got value from the session itself too.
What I love about narratology is that it allows us to examine narratives and ask critical questions about purpose, audience, perspective, setting, interpretation and gaps in information. Storytelling always includes an element of interpretation. Reading is not a passive act as we often make it out to be - it is an imaginative and creative act.
As testers, communication is one of our most vital skills and techniques. Analysis of literature and narratives can translate into how we analyze software - and likewise, knowledge of how stories work help in communication and analysis. Questioning who is telling you which information, for which purpose, with which audience and goal in mind - whose information are we not hearing - who do we need to create an audience for? Explicitely seek out underrepresented voices is a skill that is required if we are to challenge dominant narratives.
Likewise, knowledge on how stories work helps in crafting your own narratives and stories: how do you market your knowledge? How do you convince others of your truth? What information do your stakeholders need to hear vs what do you want to share? Often, I find that when we have done analysis of an issue, our minds if filled with that analysis and we want to share all that led up to it - information that need not be relevant to stakeholders who focus on impact and risk. Consider who you are narrating to and what your purpose is (information, convincing, pursuading, discouraging, decision, etc.)
I can go on and on and on. If anyone has questions on the masterclass, narratology, Harry Potter examples, storytelling or how we can relate this all to testing… please contact me (or post here).
Once again: thanks to all who listened & shared.