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Sprinter—How to follow your feelings and not the logic at HP Discover

Michael-Deady ‎12-02-2013 10:00 AM - edited ‎09-18-2015 04:04 PM

Are you curious about the advantages of exploratory testing in a world where concepts like agile and its synonym mobility rule IT? What about creative and innovative ideas like sprinter?


I will be speaking about these topics while visiting an exotic city on the Mediterranean.  I will be attending HP Discover in Barcelona Spain, and I plan on also visiting with mentors, analysts, and experts that span the globe in software development. I hope to gather as much information as possible while I am there and share it with you (hopefully in a timely manner). I am planning to write as much as I can (imagine live blogging and tweeting from the event. You can follow me on Twitter at @Wh4tsup_Doc) between customer meetings, track sessions, and most of all collecting knickknacks from all the partners and vendors. You are probably wondering “How is Doc going to do this?”  The answer is simple I’ve found out that in Spain that they don’t eat dinner until late at night. This will leave me with plenty of time in between track sessions and speaking engagements to write.


If testing strategies were personality traits then you would swear that systematic testing and it’s methodical and logical strategy would fit me like flies to stink. However, by getting in touch with the force and by using my feelings, I was able to look at exploratory testing as a way to jumpstart manual as well as its antonym automated testing.


That’s right folks I am using my two favorite subjects once again: sci-fi movies like Star Wars and software testing.  I am combining them into a single subject and taking it on the road at HP Discover Barcelona. In turn, things like risk management and detailed documentation that are typically associated with systematic testing have not been found in exploratory testing until now. HP was able to combine exploratory testing with the capabilities of Sprinter—which is the equivalent to the death star and targets the elimination of software defects that uses warp speed instead of parsecs in the cesele run.




 (+) Risk analysis

(+) Artifact friendly

(+) Repeatable

(+) Accountability requirements

(+) Training friendly

(-) Rapid feedback

(-)  High velocity

(-) Lean development environments

(-) Linear verification and validation

(+) High velocity

(+) Rapid feedback

(+) Lean development

(+) Verification and validation in parallel

(?)Tester subject matter expert for execution

(?) Accountability requirements

(-) Artifact deficient

(-) Repeatable

(-) Reliability


Using Sprinter we are able to turn four typical disadvantages (accountability to requirements, artifact effectiveness, repeatability and reliability) of exploratory testing into features of Sprinter. This helps enhance exploratory testing and continuous integration. By including these as features into Sprinter we been able to not only shorten the feedback loop to development we have also been able to enhance it. We now offer videos, screenshots, annotation, details documented steps, and then directly link those to requirements. What I like telling people about this is I’m not selling anything, these options are as free as a falling leaf from tree with ALM/QC—it comes as a package deal.


If you would like to know more and you happen to be attending HP Discover Barcelona please sign up for track session DF1566 - Systematic vs. exploratory testing: Is manual testing dead?  Or after Discover you can download the presentation and the audio to learn more. I have also written other articles on this subject and about the tool: which are

 If just want to hang out with me or my subject matter experts that I like to call my friends you can find us in one of  three places during the event:

 Or you and your team can schedule a meeting with me or any specialist by contacting your sales respective 



Thanks so much



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Michael Deady is a Pr. Consultant & Solution Architect for Teksystems, center on quality, aimed at client's satisfaction, and long-term success. Perceived by clients, peers, and supervisors as a leader with the proven ability to lead development and quality assurance teams through software-development life cycle phases, to ensure quality of new products. He specializes in software development, testing, and security. He also loves science fiction movies and anything to do with Texas.

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