Fun and games were had at the latest Software Testing Clinic in Cambridge on Talking About Testing! This was session 7 of Cambridge clinic with our focus being on the role communication plays in the world of testing, and the challenges we face. It was great to see everyone and particularly encouraging to see so many new faces!
Once again, we send our appreciation to DisplayLink for sponsoring and providing the venue for the session - your support is awesome!
We started with a discussion around what communication is and explored why it is important, some of the methods we might use and really teased out the many challenges that we have to overcome.
Then the real fun began when we realised how difficult communication is when you are constrained in how you can do it with the Communication Game!
After the always popular pizza break, Karo introduced us to the SCARF model.
Followed by Mark’s views on the full extent of the testing story we should perhaps need to tell:
… and then an introduction to some useful techniques:
- Testing Story
- Bridging (acknowledge, ask, adapt)
- Structure of three (Pendulum, Clock, Triangle, Benefits …)
This led nicely into a small group session where everyone had an opportunity to spend an impromptu 2 minutes discussing a topic selected for them!
Here are some of the resources mentioned:
- find our more about David Rock’s SCARF model
- recreate the extempore speaking fun with your friends and family with TableTopics and TongueTied
We left the event feeling satisfied that there was real value in the session for everyone which is always our goal so thanks for your participation! We also recognise that there is so much more to think about when it comes to the importance of communication to us as testers!!
If you have any questions or comments, please add them here!
See you all in October for our next session on Technical Testing. REMEMBER THIS IS GOING TO BE IN “CIRCUS” FORMAT, SO IF YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE A SPECIFIC TECHNICAL TESTING THEME OF YOUR OWN THEN GET IN TOUCH!!!
Mark and Karo