Relating Risk and Testing to Meet Your Stakeholders NeedsNew
Testing is fundamentally associated with understanding risk. We use testing to help our customers assess risk at every stage of the software’s life. Our customers may want to avoid risks, or to take risks, or even both. These apparently conflicting goals give us a focus for what to test and what to report, but they also present tricky and changing targets. It is hard to assess risk, and hard to decide how to mitigate it. As testers we can ask pertinent questions about business goals and technical challenges, and we can encourage others to consider their perception of and attitude to risk. We can also report information about risk levels. We cannot always influence or understand the decisions that others make based on our information, but we can show them options that guide their decision making, to mitigate the risks that are most important to them. Join Isabel Evans to practice ways to understand risks, clarify risk-goals, and report the information that is most useful to our team and customers.