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ON REQUEST – Visual Test Design – Robert Sabourin – (ENGLISH)

This is an offer for an in-house course for your team. Please get in contact to arrange further details.


  • Drive testing with powerful visual models
  • Focus testing on what really matters
  • Eliminate wasted effort and save time testing
  • Improve communication and collaboration between testers, developers and customers
  • Understand how users really use your software to get their job done
  • Quickly expose product weakness
  • Apply Visual test designs to any business, technical or organizational context
  • Create high-value reusable design artefacts
  • Learn flexible, agile test design techniques which can be applied on the fly
  • Design tests in any development or testing lifecycle model

Empower your testing team

Many testing organizations are in a rut. Some testers spend a lot of time completing templates generating repetitive ineffective tests while important bugs slip right by. And then there is little time available to test the increasingly complex solutions being developed.

Visual test design techniques enable testers to create powerful test cases with less effort. Visual test design is about focusing on what really matters to customers, developers and all project stakeholders.

Workshop Format

This virtual workshop uses four steps to teach each visual test design approach covered. Firstly the principles, philosophy, theory and history behind the method is explained.  Secondly, the approach is illustrated with instructive examples. Next, the instructor walks through several sanitized examples of the method being applied to real commercial testing projects.  Finally, before moving on to the next technique, relevant business, technical, organization and technical context drivers are reviewed. In which context has the method worked well?  In which context has the method been effective? Are there known limitations?

Visual Test Designs

The test design approaches covered include a blend of classical test design methods using applied discrete math, a smattering of statistics and some experience based software engineering techniques.  Core to all of these methods is the creation of visual images used to represent and communicate testing focus.

The course starts with using mind maps to identify test variables and then moves on to visual models used to isolate critical test values using domain analysis, equivalence partitioning and boundary conditions.  Storyboards are used to elicit and design usage scenario-based tests.  Control flow testing is used to isolate critical pathways to test in project workflows, data flows and even source code.  Business rules are tested using simple and complex multiple variable decision tables. Transactional and embedded systems are testing with a blend of state model and state table approaches.  Interdependent multiple variable testing is approached from two perspectives using Pareto charts for identifying commonly used transaction pathways and then with pairwise combinations using orthogonal arrays.  Lastly a look at how system block diagrams can be used to develop very powerful failure mode test designs.

High-value methods real-world examples

Robert helps energize testers getting them out of their ruts, thinking outside the box and designing valuable tests.  Many real-world case studies and fully worked out examples are provided to help you get started right away.

Rob also shows how some simple tools can help generate powerful visual test designs.  (including some commercial, free and open source tools too).

Who Should Attend

This course is appropriate for anyone who works in software development who wants to get more valuable testing done effectively in less time.  Test engineers, test managers, developers, QA engineers, and other software project team members would benefit from this course.


2-Day Course Outline

  • Introduction
  • Motivation for test design
  • Visual Modeling
  • Mind Mapping
  • Variable Identification
  • Equivalence Partitioning and Boundary Analysis
  • Usage Scenarios
  • Decision Tables
  • State Models
  • Combinations Analysis with Pareto Charts and Pairwise Methods
  • Failure Mode Analysis with Design Block diagrams
  • Putting visual test design to work
  • References resources and tools


About the Instructor

Robert Sabourin, P.Eng. has more than 36 years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals to consistently deliver projects on-time, on-quality and on-budget.
As a respected member of the software engineering community, Robert has trained and mentored literally hundreds of top professionals in the field.

Robert is an Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at McGill University who often speaks to conferences around the world on software engineering, Software Quality Assurance, testing and management issues.

Training ON REQUEST – Visual Test Design – Robert Sabourin – (ENGLISH)
Date 24/11/2037 – 24/11/2037
Price CHF 0.00
VAT excl.
Place Location of your choice

Contact House of Test GmbH
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5506 Mägenwil
Tel. 0041788040325
Registration deadline 24/11/2037 09:00
Date Time Leader Location Description
24/11/2037 09:00 – 09:30 Robert Sabourin Location of your choice ON REQUEST – Visual Test Design