Rapid Software Testing Focused: Risk

Risk-based testing means organizing test strategy around suspected product risks. This means testers perform risk analysis before, during, and after tests are performed: before tests to guide the test process, during tests to adjust the strategy, and after the product is released to learn about risks that were missed in the original planning. Risk-based testing is a powerful way to focus testing and to justify the time and energy it takes to test deeply.

This seminar focuses on risk analysis as it relates to testing and fits within the Rapid Software Testing methodology. So, we use risk heuristics and focus on assessment rather than measurement of risks, since software risks cannot be measured except in rare situations. Risk assessments are socially constructed, but we show how that process can and should be done systematically and be grounded in evidence.

This is a one-day seminar that is taught online or onsite.

Goals of RSTF-Risk

  • The primary goal of this seminar is show you how to confidently perform systematic product risk analysis.
  • A secondary goal is to extend your understanding of Rapid Software Testing methodology.

Who Should Take This Training

This Rapid Software Testing Focused class is for you if you a tester, manager, or developer and you can answer Yes to at least one of the following questions:

  • You are responsible for analyzing or managing risk in your project.
  • You lead people who are responsible for development or testing.
  • You want to learn how to anticipate problems that may threaten the value of your project, product, or business.
  • You want to maximize your capacity to find those problems before it’s too late.
  • You want to be able to persuade people on your team to address problems and risk in a timely way.
  • You want to be able to explain and defend your focus and approaches to testing and risk management.
  • You are concerned that your testing may not be oriented towards finding the bugs that really matter.

Main Topics Covered

During the class you will perform a risk analysis on at least one product; and during the seminar we strive to accommodate students’ specific needs and questions in class discussions and lectures. The general topics we’ll cover include:

  • The headlights analogy as a framework for understanding risk-based testing.
  • How mental models control risk analysis.
  • How beliefs about risk are socially constructed.
  • Heuristics of product risk analysis.
  • The cyclic and incremental process of risk analysis.
  • How to tell a compelling risk story.
  • Why we assess risk but cannot measure risk.
  • How to evaluate if testing is good enough.
  • How to evaluate if the product is good enough.

How RSTF Compares To RSTE

  • Rapid Software Testing Explored (RSTE) presents the methodology of Rapid Software Testing with brief practical exercises and Socratic discussion. This is a foundational class that is good to take before RSTF. Although RSTE does cover the risk conceptually, there is no focused exercise on risk analysis.

What Students Should Bring

Bring a laptop that connects to the Internet. You will be testing.

Download a two-page PDF of the RST Focused: Risk course description