Friday, 16 July 2010

Presenting at Iqnite Nordic 2010

The Iqnite Nordic 2010 programme was just released, here.

I'm happy to be presenting "Test Reporting to Non-Testers".

It'll be primarilly an experience report with some real data and problems they have caused in their presentation and interpretation.

The presentation will build on themes around assumptions (in the report author and receiver), statistics (their use and misuse) and reading too much into the reported information.

By looking at problems that the examples have caused I'll be able to suggest some alternative approaches for testers when communicating with non-testers.

Communication with non-testers is a big interest of mine - not only do testers have to deal with modelling and assumptions of the product and stakeholders, they also have to handle the communication channels towards non-testers. This has lots areas for pitfalls (a whole different type of modelling and assumption awareness!)

Unfortunately, the mind-map I made when drafting this is huge - it needs to be printed on A3 to be readable. The result is that I'll only be touching on some areas in the presentation - but I think they're some of the key ones and worthwhile.

So there's room for a part II of the presentation!


  1. Excellent news. Congrats Simon. I'd be interested in your presentation slides and information. It's a topic that fascinates me and to be honest what kick started my obsession with trying to improve communication in testing.

    Good luck.

  2. Thanks Rob. Yeah, I think it's a very under-rated, under-noticed area - which is actually key to good testing.

    Will get the slides out afterwards.


  3. Joshua Rachuna10 July 2012 at 22:58

    Hello Simon,

    I am currently working on an effort to improve communicating with non-testers.

    I came across a copy of your slides online and was very interested. (

    Would you happen to have a copy of the mind map or a recording of your presentation available?

    Any assistance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Joshua,

      I've put an export from the mindmap on the blog, here. There is no recording available, but it's a good idea to make one - I'll see if I can arrange one the next time I give the presentation - I think you need to hear the audio to get the full benefit/message - as with most presentation slides.

      I hope the mindmap is of some use.