- Identify high value risks
- Build a mitigation strategy
- Make quality a team responsibility
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Our instructors have a thorough background in quality and testing and have facilitated many Riskstorming sessions already. Whether you’re taking your first steps in creating a quality plan or have need of an expert, they can support you. Learn Riskstorming Online from true masters.
Who are we?
QA and Testing
Innovative Informatik eG
DevOps & Cloud Team Lead
Beren Van Daele
When is the best time to do a RiskStorming Online Workshop?
RiskStorming’s optimal moment is between the conception and building. In other words: after you can explain the chosen solution and before a letter of code is written.
Alternatively, you can run RiskStorming workshops later than this, but you might not enjoy the outcome as much. Risks could be identified too late for good countermeasures to be taken. Instead of not building a risky feature, you may be stuck with spending hours of testing it.
Then again, forewarned is forearmed, the earlier the better.
How long does a session take?
The longest sessions we’ve run was 4 hours. This is with people who don’t know the application yet, don’t know each other, nor the format, nor the concepts featured in the workshop. Lots of new stuff to be trudged through.
The shortest session we’ve run was 1 hour. People knew what the subject matter was and how the team worked. The discussions were much more targetted and the outcome absolutely stellar.
Your milleage will varry. Count between 2-3 hours to do it effectively for the first time.
Who should be present?
The short answer: anyone who has a stake in the quality of your product. 4-7 people can make the most speed.
The long answer: It depends on the context of your project. Look for people who have deep understanding of the business, the architecture and which negative scenario’s could happen. Some projects are marketing heavy, others are very data dependent, invite those who’ll give you good ideas on where the value is and what you need to protect.
Look for four types of people: a business expert, an architectect/developer with broad skills, someone with a tester mindset and someone with experience in running applications in production. This kind of team will come up with the most well-rounded strategy.
Let’s work together!
RiskStorming Online is a product built by many beautiful minds. Your point of contact is Beren Van Daele who helps the team with which step to take next. He’ll gladly help you out and have a chat with you.
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TestBash Brighton’s 99-second-talks are famous to kickstart great ideas. During his 99-seconds, Beren showed his poorly designed card deck and asked if anyone would help him.
Ministry of Testing offered to fund & cocreate the cards together with multiple members from the community.
Several months later TestSphere was born.
TestSphere is a card deck that gets people thinking and talking about Quality & Testing.
It became quite popular in the testing field, with decks going across the globe to help people improve their understanding and quality of the project.
RiskStorming is a hands-on workshop that was created through experimenting with TestSphere by Andreas, Marcel & Beren.
This brought us to where we are now: on a journey to spread RiskStorming beyond the software testing craft and into analysis, development, architecture and operations too, so you’re better equiped to deal with your important risks.
With everyone working remotely, we need more tools to help us have good conversations. Get the team together on video to identify risks around upcoming changes with a virtually facilitated riskstorming session. It’s a great way to promote lateral thinking and creative testing approaches.
At eBay, we use RiskStorming regularly before we start a new project. This helps us to generate a common understanding between the different stakeholders, increase the understanding of what's important to different people, and of course identify risks. We usually identify lots of new risks that we haven't thought of before and we can then decide as a team how to mitigate them.
Overall, I can highly recommend using RiskStorming in your project.
Riskstorming is a great exercise. I find a lot of teams have biases where they prioritise risks explicitly linked to features, or risks they’ve worked with before. Riskstorming enables teams to explore and prioritise risks that might not have been considered. Discussing these also facilitates knowledge share across the team in a way that is fun and doesn’t feel forced. I’m really excited for the online version!