TAOGD Lenses: Lens #3 “The Lens of Fun”

This post is a continuation of the series examining the lenses of game design described by Jesse Schell in his book The Art of Game Design. Previous posts in this series can be found here. Fun isn’t normally one of the characteristics we consider as testers for most software apart from games. Still, there’s at […]

TAOGD Lenses: Lens #2 “The Lens of Surprise”

This post is a continuation of the series examining the lenses of game design described by Jesse Schell in his book The Art of Game Design. Previous posts in this series can be found here. Surprise is a double-edged sword when applied to the broader world of software testing. Users can be surprised in a […]

TAOGD Lenses: Lens #1 “The Lens of Essential Experience”

In the my earlier post, I talked about Jesse Schell‘s book, “The Art of Game Design”, promising to go lens by lens through the book. This is the first post looking at a lens. More to come! Jesse Schell’s Lens #1 in The Art of Game Design is “The Lens of Essential Experience”. This lens […]

Jesse Schell’s Lenses of Game Design and Testers

When I’m not doing my professional tasks, one of the things I like to do is to play board games- things like Puerto Rico and The Castles of Burgundy. From time to time, I’ve dabbled with the idea of designing my own board game and it may one day happen, but so far, I’ve not […]

TestRetreat 2013 – The Rest of my Mindmaps

The last 3 sessions I was in resulted in smaller mindmaps. I was mentally processing more information and thus didn’t capture everything. I’m going to combine all three mindmaps into a single post. First up was a discussion that Matt Heusser facilitated around the Cynefin sense-making framework. Matt sees value here for testers and was […]

Visualization in Testing (TestRetreat 2013)

The second session yesterday was the one I facilitated on visualization of testing information. I’ve recently started taking an interest in this – reading books by Nathan Yau and Stephen Few, with Colin Ware, Edward Tufte and others on the short term reading list (along with additional books by Yau and Few). I’m even strongly […]

Measuring Context-Driven Testing (TestRetreat 2013)

The second session I was at at TestRetreat was one I facilitated around the visual representation of testing information. I’ll do a post on that later this weekend when I have time to type up the 5 easel pad pages of notes we generated and get Heather’s mindmap she made. More on that to come… […]

Experiential Learning (TestRetreat 2013)

I’m at TestRetreat today in Madison, WI. A bunch of smart people here (some of whom I’ve met before, some I’ve known through online interactions, and some I’m having the pleasure of meeting for this first time this weekend) and as one does (at least if one is me), I’ve been making mindmaps on the […]

#STPCon Spring 2013 – Jane Fraser, Become an Influential Tester

Another mindmap from STP.Con. This one captures Jane Fraser’s excellent talk on ways to gain (and lose) influence. Earlier I was in Mike Lyle’s talk around test management, but I didn’t get a chance to mind map it. Definitely watch his site for when he posts the full set of responses (including mine, though I […]