Radiating Testing Information - Part 1

This topic is one that I have been asked about many times over the years and I am long overdue for a detailed discussion of it. Back in 2006 I presented an Experience Report at the STiFS workshop in New York titled "Low-Tech Testing Dashboard Revisited." The content of that presentation will be in Part 2. To quote "The Do-Re-Mi Song" from the movie The Sound of Music, "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start."

I attended the StarEast conference in 1999 and there was a talk by James Bach titled "A Low Tech Testing Dashboard." This presentation clicked with me as I was managing several test teams at the time and it addressed a problem that I felt was important. I have used this communication tool many times ever since. If you are not familiar with it, I suggest you read through the PDF slides on the Satisfice web site before you continue. Go ahead. I'll wait.

In this review I will cover some of the who, what, where, when, how and why of the Low Tech Testing Dashboard (LTTD) through examples from past projects I have worked on. I expect your context is different, so my hope is that these examples may help you think about how you might apply this communication tool on your project.