Goal-Aligned Test Strategies
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Goal-Aligned Test Strategies

Using Wardley Maps to visualize test strategies and align the test strategies with business goals.

About the Book

Strategy is not where you are heading but how you get somewhere in the long run. Strategy is about the deliberate choices you make to get there. That is true for all strategies and especially for test strategies.  

Yet we often lose track of the end goal: moving your business toward a future vision. Sometimes the vision is explicit and measurable. Sometimes, it’s a more fuzzy vision of the future. Either way, we need to move from today, through some decision points, and into an unknown future. We need directions.

By the book's end, you will understand how to align with business goals, and I will have provided a visual way to visualize and create relevant test strategies.

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    • Business and IT Alignment
    • Digital Transformation
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Jesper Ottosen
Jesper Ottosen

Jesper primarily works with programs and projects that change the IT landscape of the organization, either by transitioning complete IT services or by transforming the IT solutions for the business to more up-to-date approaches and technologies. In that space aligning with the business drivers and management needs are key to establish a relevant test strategy. 

Jesper has recently used Wardley mapping to understand business needs and how the test activities support the needs and goals. Multiple blog posts investigate making the test strategy visible and linking it to an understanding of the system landscape as a whole - also when the system landscape is under change.

Reader Testimonials

Tristan Lombard
Tristan Lombard

Test Automation Enthusiast I Community Builder I Customer Advocate

Goal Aligned Test Strategies is a love letter to leaders that wish to employ a modern method for scaling quality software and teams. Jesper shares his decades of applied experience, as well as applied models and methodologies that every reader can bring back to their teams and business goals. Required reading

Simon Prior
Simon Prior

Head of Quality Engineering, easyJet

Test Strategies have historically been a document that loads of effort from a Test team is made only for no one to read it. This is partly because the business often doesn't care how it's tested, as long as it works when deployed. To align Test Strategies to Business objectives makes perfect sense and should be obvious. Jesper has done a great job of articulating some of the ways to do this. This can be a great reference for more modern strategies being created going forward

Hannes Lindblom
Hannes Lindblom

Software quality devotee

I recently had the pleasure of reading Goal-Aligned Test Stragies by Jesper Ottosen. The idea of using Wardley Mapping to combine test approaches with business goals in the same model looks very promising. Both as a workshopping tool and for communicating the choices on what to focus testing on. If you are a fan of visualizations and modeling I can highly recommend Jesper's book. It is a quick read but there is a lot of insight and references packed into the relatively few pages

Table of Contents

  • Introduction 7
  • Is Your Test Strategy Relevant? 8
  • Challenges of Current Test Strategies 8
  • Challenges of the Risk-based Approach 10
  • Challenges for Acceptance-Based Test Strategies 11
  • Challenges of Outsourced Test Strategies 12
  • Creating a More Relevant Test Strategy 13
  • Visualization Using Pipelines 15
  • Learning from Objectives and Key Results 17
  • Learning From Existing Quality Models 18
  • Understanding Strategy 20
  • Understanding Your Business, 22
  • Understand High-Performance Teams 25
  • Understanding Organizations 26
  • Understanding Leadership 27
  • Using Wardley Mapping 29
  • Where Wardley Mapping is Used 30
  • From Hunches to Hard Truths 32
  • Aligning with Visibility 35
  • Using Wardley Mapping in Testing 35
  • Advanced Mapping 39
  • An example: Reducing Risk Map 41
  • Create Goal-Aligned Test Strategies 43
  • Appendix: Situational Aware Test Plan 44
  • Worksheet for Situational Aware Test Plans 45

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