Testing Like a Kid

From 1952 to 1970, Art Linkletter was the host of a TV show called “House Party”. In this TV show, he had a segment called “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. He would ask children simple questions, after which he would receive astounding responses. The humorous and surprising responses clearly showed that children many times see things differently than adults. As adults, we have grown up with assumptions, understandings, and we often confine ourselves to a pre-defined belief in how the world operates.

Throughout history, the most creative people in the world have been those that do not let the preconceptions and ideas of “this is how we have always done it” drive their strategies and approaches. Just like young children, they stepped into new ideas and strategies without any boundaries, which resulting with new ideas, innovations, and changes.

In testing, there is a tendency to do things “as we always have”. We lock ourselves into processes and methodologies that may not be as effective today as they were years ago. In order to be effective, we have to remove the restrictions and boundaries, and think outside the box…just like a kid would do.

In this presentation, we will compare the perceptions that children have for various topics and products to those of adults and testers. We will examine case studies for how kids have approached solutions to common and new problems, and compare them to the solutions proposed in the workshop.

Join us as we jump in the “fountain of youth” and learn how to be more effective, productive, thinking-testers for our organizations!

Session Takeaways:

  • Case studies where children are faced with common tester problems and how they solved them.
  • Case studies where children test popular games and apps.
  • Exercises to challenge the attendees to test the same games and apps.
  • A review of the differences between how children and adults think.
  • Suggestions for how to free your mind from years of preconceptions which can limit your ability to be a great thinking tester.

Location: Cypress B Date: April 3, 2019 Time: 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm Mike Lyles