I’m planning a workshop with my team where we will start articulating our test strategy, and I’m interested if anybody here has ideas on good questions or activities that will help spark a discussion about how we want to test among a group of non-testers.
For some context: I’m the only specifically “QA” person on a team of 7. While they all have some concept of what unit tests are and have been writing them for a while, I wouldn’t expect in-depth knowledge of any other QA/testing concepts. Nonetheless, eventually I want to get the team to a point where we’re all responsible for running whatever tests we decide are necessary and signing off that new code is good to deploy.
There’s very little in the way of mandated requirements from the department as a whole, and even though we’ve been asked to write a Test Strategy document, it’s completely up to us what we put into it. I want to use it as an opportunity to get people thinking about testing, articulate what our goals are for testing so I know I’m working on building what the team actually wants, and get some buy-in on the testing we’re doing so that nobody feels like it’s just an extra step they have to do before I approve something to push.
I’ve already read through the thread Test Strategy Documentation in an Agile world about test strategies in Agile, but whereas that’s about what the use of such a document might be, my question is more about how to get a group of non-testers talking about what they want from such a document.
So to summarize:
- what kind of questions would you ask a group of non-testers to get them talking about what they think a test strategy should be?
- what sort of background information on testing or strategy would you want to make sure they had to provide a common starting point?
- what have your experiences been in getting non-testers to talk about testing?
I’ll happily share my experiences with how it goes afterwards!