Get Your Testing Message Across

Isabel Evans, Testing Solutions Group Ltd.

We all know how important test progress (or lack of) is to the success of the project. But why is it that sometimes no one takes notice? Valuable test reports provide information that is needed, not just easy to gather. Test progress reports aid management in decision-making and risk assessment and help testing teams set priorities. In this presentation, Isabel Evans asks, "Do our reports add value for their audience or are we just supplying 'chart junk' that will not be read? Are we providing teams and managers with information they need or giving them what we have? Do our reports and charts emphasize or hide our message? Are our reports clear and to the point?" She discusses what types of information different audiences need and when; how to display information using charts, diagrams, and text to be effective; and how to predict future progress from past reports.

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