Session 2 - Identifying risks - Lesson plan

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Learning objectives

By the end of the session students will:

  • Describe what a Risk is

  • Apply different techniques for discovering risks

  • Hypothesise different types of risks that might affect a product or project

  • Construct testing activities from risks

Before the session

Students will be recommended to view the following videos:

Schedule

Start time

End time

Activity

Mentor notes

Resources

6:30pm

6:35pm

Introduction to the session

  • Ground rules

  • What we are covering tonight

  • Other business

n/a

6:35pm

6:45pm

Big group discussion

Let’s identify as many different types of testing in 5 minutes

Clinic hosts are attempting to highlight that thinking of types of testing will return shallow results. Whereas thinking about risks will return more types of testing.

Use the fifteen second rule

  • Sit back and let the students submit ideas.

  • If nobody speaks for 15 seconds then say something that might stem new ideas

6:45pm

7:00pm

Group discussions

Students group up with a mentor to discuss what a risk is.

Activities:

  • Students share what they think a risk is

Use Active listening, Questioning techniques and be encouraging in students responses to find out more about Students opinions on Risks.

Share your own opinion on Risks near the end of the discussion to help solidify ideas

n/a

7:00pm

7:10pm

Big group discussion

Students are encouraged to submit their ideas of what a risk is.

Use the fifteen second rule

  • Sit back and let the students submit ideas.

  • If nobody speaks for 15 seconds then offer something your group discussed

n/a

7:10pm

7:20pm

Whiteboard session

Clinic hosts will describe:

  • Their definition of ‘Risk based testing’ and how it informs testing

  • How testing can uncover risks

  • How questioning risks can uncover info about them

  • Different techniques to help identify risks - Introducing Test Oblique and TestSphere (Blue deck)

Whiteboard,markers,

Test Oblique, TestSphere (Blue deck)

7:20pm

7:30pm

Big group exercise

Clinic hosts will pull out a chair and ask how many different risks they can identify related to the chair.

Ideas will be mind mapped on a whiteboard

Use the fifteen second rule

  • Sit back and let the students submit ideas.

  • If nobody speaks for 15 seconds then offer something your group discussed

7:30pm

7:45pm

Food break

7:45pm

8:15pm

Identifying risks exercise

Using the techniques shown by clinic hosts, students will identify risks against a site chosen by the clinic hosts.

Use Active listening to observe the students as they work. Suggest different techniques when they get stuck:

  • Test Oblique

  • Headline game

  • TestSphere (Blue deck)

  • Online resources

Laptop or Device, TestSphere (Blue deck),

Test Oblique,

Pens and

Paper

8:15pm

8:30pm

Generating test activities

Students will review the risks they have discovered and generate testing activities they could carry out to discover information for a specific risk.

Use Active listening and questioning to help students analyse their risks and come up with activities they can carry out to discover information about a risk.

Offer testing techniques if Students are struggling to give an activity a name (such as Performance testing for risks around concurrency)

Pens and paper

8:30pm

8:45pm

Debrief

Students will be invited to share risks they found and what testing activities they generated

Encourage one of your students to debrief on behalf of their team.

8:45pm

9:00pm

Wrap up

Hosts will wrap up the session and offer additional activities to carry out after the session on the Ministry of Testing Club forum

Activities after the session

  • Pick a site you’re interested in and run the same identifying risk exercise against that site by yourself. Submit risks you have identified specific to that site on The Club.