What's your approach to testing?
What first impressions do you get from "eyes wide shut" and "eyes wide open" as applied to testing?
Let me do a quick mind-dump, word association thing - the order below is exactly how it turned out - I then went back to add a bit of detail between the bullet-points. You'll have to excuse the odd Monty Python moment...
Eyes Wide Shut
I suspect I was primed by the recent video interview with James Bach about bucanneer testing and parrots.
Following word-for-word - no deviation.
Following and willing to be led. Whilst this may be good and necessary in some test activities, I think this is in the minority of cases.
Probably primed by Rob Lambert's recent agricultural reference (actually a serious post!)
Not looking around.
- Sensory deprived
Not using all information inputs.
- No questions
Just follow the guide/script/instructions even if it doesn't make sense.
Can lead to the black swan event of all "eyes wide shut" testers.
- Same-old same-old
No change, never change, comfort zone, safe. Perfect candidate for automation.
Eyes Wide Open
Using the script/test idea as a guide - an incomplete map.
- All senses in use
These three are very similar - when the tester is switched on and ready to react, think ahead and even pre-empt.
- In the zone
When all senses are engaged and the tester is questioning the product it's similar to the sporting equivalent of being "in the zone".
The tester is questioning to give good feedback. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. Questioning is our main tool, questioning and feedback, ohh...
Map-making in real time!
The best of journalistic and scientific investigation - following-up on previous experience, hints and clues with the information in front of you.
The activity generates new ideas - either for further testing, how to solve test problems, feedback on the product or how to improve the product.
Note, I don't consider this as scripted vs non-scripted. I consider it more "good testing" vs "not-good testing" (I place no other emphasis on it than that...)
There are some cases where scripted testing is necessary (even a legal requirement) and others where it's needed as a guide.
My take on buccaneer testing and parrots - they are different species and unless the parrot is supposed to do everything-by-rote then it's the "eyes wide shut" case. I've got another take that I'll expand on in another post.
Of course, if the parrot is a Norwegian Blue then it definitely ain't dead and it's actually very good testing! :-)
Do your own word association and see what you come up with!