Track Talk: Fear and Loathing in Denver – Using Journalism Techniques in Testing

On February 27, 2009, I walked out of the newsroom of the Rocky Mountain News for the last time. It was also the day the 149-year-old newspaper would cease its publication. My job now gone and the talk of death of all of journalism being imminent; what could a disillusioned and recently unemployed interactive producer do next? If you said, become a quality engineer, then you would be wrong. I became a front-end developer, THEN a quality engineer but good guess. As I moved along in my career, noticed that many of the lessons and techniques learned during my time in journalism could be modified for testing. Giving my monthly student loan payments to the U.S. Department of Education some meaning – also helping me enhance my own and team’s testing procedures and processes. In this talk, I’m going to share my experiences on how I have applied my journalism background to testing and how you can too.

Track Talk Takeaways:

  • How to apply the Six Ws (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) questions throughout the testing process.
  • Learning how to fact-check to improve bug reports.
  • Creating a personal and team code of ethics.

45-Minute Track Talk Strategy
Location: Evergreen A Date: July 28, 2021 Time: 9:55 am - 10:40 am Crystal Preston-Watson - Mile High Testing Crystal Preston-Watson