Last weekend saw the pilot version of the Association for Software Testing’s new Black Box Software Testing course come to an end.
The third in the BBST series, this course focussed on test design. It started with a lightning tour of perhaps seventy test design techniques, then dove into detail on a handful. Like all the BBST courses, the depth and sophistication to which it goes is impressive.
In addition to test design techniques, it also introduced a schema (based on Kaner’s paper What is a Good Test Case?) that can help to assess the relevance of different techniques to ones own projects. As I tend to do a lot of test strategy work, I found this particularly interesting, and will be getting a lot of use out of this in the future.
This course also featured BBST’s hallmark approach to assessment: with each assignment (and even the exam itself) being graded by other members of the class. In a change from previous courses, this one also featured the opportunity to do an online “interactive assessment” of the final assignment via Skype with Cem Kaner. This is a fantastic approach to learning: with BBST, everything becomes a learning opportunity.
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