I am creating this post inspired by Lisi Hocke’s talk at Testbash 2019 about her testing tours. You can find out more in her blog here too.
The idea is to find a pair testing partner here and get together and start your own testing tour.
This is her hypothesis:
I believe that pairing and mobbing with fellow testers from the community on hands-on exploratory testing and automation will result in continuously increasing skills and knowledge as well as serendipitous learning. I’ll know I have succeeded when I noted down at least one concrete new insight or applied one new technique per testing session and shared that with the community.
From: A Tester's Journey: The Pact - Not a Remake, but a Sequel
Her own experiment recipe:
- I do at least ten pair or mob testing sessions until end of October 2018, meaning one per month in average until next Agile Testing Days.
- Each pair or mob testing session lasts at least 90min.
- I pair or mob test with at least 6 different testers.
- The fellow testers come from both my company’s internal and the external community.
- The topics focus on either exploration or automation. They can cover special topics like security, performance, accessibility, etc. but don’t have to.
- I publish my lessons learned on my blog, one post per testing session.
- I make my personal challenge transparent in my company in form of an objective with key results and track my progress there to provide an example for my colleagues.
Here are some tips from Lisi in terms of what tools she used to coordinate:
There are many tools for many purposes out there. The following ones have proven to be the most valuable for my tour and (remote) pair testing sessions.
- Keeping track: Trello. For these purposes, the simple and easy boards helped me a lot to keep track on who I asked to pair with me, who agreed, when the session is scheduled, which blog post I have already written.
- Scheduling tool: Calendly. I learned about this tool from Maaret Pyhäjärvi and I’m absolutely glad I did. This tool solved all confusion around time zones, made it really simple for people to sign up on my tour, and integrated well with my Google calendars. At the time of this writing the publishing of one event type is free.
- Video conferencing tool for remote sessions: Zoom. It offers great video quality, useful recording functionality, and offers to share screen control so it’s perfect for remote strong-style pairing. At the time of this writing it is completely free for one on one calls.
- Timer for strong-style pairing: There are many free applications out there to time your rotations and I tried several, but so far MobTime is my absolute favorite. Easy to set up, easy to use, not disturbing.
Link to a post around test sites for practicing. Might be handy for planning sessions together. Products and sites to practice testing on
Now over to you!
Are you joining in? What do you want to get out of it?