Session Based Test Management – The MindMap!

Following on from our recent MindMaps and in spirit of the Session Based Test Management Course we are hosting later this year with James Bach, we present to you a MindMap on Session Based Test Management.

Thanks to the following sources: TestEye / Satisfice / James Lyndsay

For those that like lists, below the mindmap we have provided the content in a list format.

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SBTM Session Based Test Management

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SBTM – Session Based Test Management

Learning / communicating / teaching about…

  • Test Design
  • Test Ideas
  • Pairing
  • Freedom
  • Journal keeping / Writing
  • Skill sharing

A Session


Choose a mission

  • It is subject to change: – Requires flexibility – Learn as you test
  • That adds value: For example – A feature – Business scenario – Characteristic – A risk – An unknown
  • How (the source of test ideas)
  • Change requests: Functional Requirements – Release Notes – Bugs – Conversations – Meetings

Need metrics? Perhaps consider…

  • Number sessions completed
  • Number problems found
  • Areas covered
  • % time setting up testing
  • % time spent testing
  • % time investigating problems

Reports / charter, includes…

  • Log what has been guiding decisions
  • Area tested
  • Test Setup
  • Time: started / ended
  • Tester name
  • Test notes
  • Issues found
  • Title
  • Risks Identified
  • Related documentation


  • Discuss Test Ideas
  • Speed
  • It’s time boxed – Length: 45 minutes to several hours
  • Organise into lists
  • Debrief at the end
  • Uninterrupted
  • Not single tests
  • Not specific tests, Independently created


  • Focus / defocus
  • Personalised
  • Tester skills
  • Intuition
  • Experience
  • Following Hunches


  • James Bach – session.exe
  • TestExplorer
  • SessionTester
  • Generally lacking
  • Spreadsheets

Why do SBTM?

  • Accountability
  • Provide status reports
  • Create tangibles
  • Control the scope of testing
  • Assess coverage
  • Assess risk
  • Set priority
  • It’s for managing exploratory testing

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2 Responses to “Session Based Test Management – The MindMap!”

  1. @halperinko - Kobi HalperinJune 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    Thanks for the lovely MM,

    Waiting to see how the free version of qTrace will be integrated in SBTM and other ET activity – Looks promising for many types of usage.

    BTW – under tools you seem to have missed Rapid Reporter by Shmuel Gershon.

    @halperinko – Kobi Halperin

  2. svenJune 25, 2012 at 6:34 am #


    nice MM.

    I still miss my tool, the SessionCreator.
    Please visit my page and read about it and perhaps you can add it to your MM.

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