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  • #4766
    @simon-tomes

    What questions do you ask to illicit more information about the thing you are going to test?

    We’ve all got them. A classic list of questions that we always tend to ask when we’re about to test something. Questions we ask inside our own head or indeed to another person such as a tester, designer, developer, business analyst, product owner, stakeholder, customer etc.

    Here are some examples to get started:

    • What config is required to test this?
    • Is there anything that doesn’t work that has already been found?
    • How should the tests be prioritised?
    • Are there any scenarios that have to be absolutely working or is there a bit of leeway?
      What test data set-up is required?
    • How do we expect the user to use this?
    • What type of users are we catering for?
    • What’s the quickest way I can break this?
    • What set-up are we expecting the user to be using?
    • Is there anything else that I need to know about that hasn’t already been mentioned?
      How has this been tested?
    • Are there any ambiguities in the requirements?
    • How could this go wrong? and how likely is that to happen? and how easy would that be to discover?
    #4778
    @daraghm

    Hi Simon,

    There is an interesting webinar by Karen N. Johnson entitled: The Art of Asking Questions which might be of use to you.

    The following members were at the webinar: Alt, Dave Mitchell, Melissa Bingham, Richard Forjoe, Neil Studd and Nithin Shenoy. Do any of you guys have any feedback for Simon?

    #5000
    @frankfp

    Nice list of questions.
    Just scanning through it, I can think of two questions I feel are good to ask as well:

    • Are there any external dependencies we need to take into consideration ?
    • What are the error states / messages?
    #5146
    @jesper-lindholt-ottosen

    What risks causes you not to sleep at nigth – for this project, that is 🙂
    Then if I can we can work from known pain points, to unknown pain points… using Rumsfeldt[1], Cynefin og even johari window. I search for what unknown to test

    1: http://jlottosen.wordpress.com/2013/01/02/rumsfeld_rectangle/

    #15088
    @archana

    I also ask things like

    – When and how often there is a change in the code?

    – When there is a change in the code, what parts are most likely to be affected

    – Architecture and hardware details are also important in some kinds of testing like performance

    -Any 3rd party interfaces

    – Points of contact for various issues / queries / support

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