How you can use the Testing Map

The Testing Map can be a very useful tool for knowledge overview.

You can use it within teams but also individual to spread and share knowledge.

Here are a few ways:

  1. Within a team, everyone should chose one area and present it to everyone else. Present as if you are teaching is powerful learning method.


2. Five minute talk. Make cards with the main topics (as many as you have team members). Everyone should pick a card and based on the area stated on the card, select one sub topic to talk about in 5 minutes.testingmapcards

3. Make a puzzle out of it. Online the map is available in high resolution. You can make a puzzle out of it and try to solve it as fast as possible without having a picture beside it

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4. Use it to build a mnemonic for your team or project. Go through the map, highlight the areas that have a impact on your work and try to build a a mnemonic

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Past and upcoming talks

A chronological list of when and where I presented it






  • September The Testing Map @ SeeTest 2014


New process or methodology – how to do the big bang

Sometimes organizations go through big changes for a process or a methodology.

One approach  is to take it is to the people as a “week of” or “month of”  (testing, quality assurance, craftsmanship) dedicate to that change.  During that periods of time schedule presentations, open talks, games (quizzes) . Involve as many of your colleagues as possible. One thing is to say different things with the same voice and another a single thing with more voices.

Also teasers before the event help in creating curiosity.



Even the toilets are a good place for posters:


Getting a testing car

Goals and objectives are important but also the buy in and commitment of the team is important.

One way to put goals and objectives in a nice visual shape is to create a testing car. For each colored area of the wheels you should find one things to do.

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It could be things like: training, functional knowledge, security,  automation, performance, testing methodologies