Storytelling For Testers

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Gareth Waterhouse

Principal Test Engineer

Challenge Description

This activity will involve you writing and sharing stories, gathering feedback about the story, then applying that feedback and tips to a new scenario to (hopefully) achieve a greater impact.


Write up/plan out your story (5 minutes)

This will involve you writing up your bug that you have just found and wish to tell a developer on your team, if you’re struggling to think of one, we will have examples that can be used :)

Share your story (5 minutes)

Share your story with people in the group, talk them through the bug as you would a developer on your team.

Feedback on the stories (5 minutes)

We’ll go round the group, and give 1 piece of advice about writing stories, was there something you particularly liked about one of the stories? Or something that could be improved upon perhaps?

Create a scenario based story (10 minutes)

On the table there will be cards, with “scenarios” on. The aim here is to use the feedback in the previous stage, and write up a story based on that scenario.

Share your story (5 minutes)

Those that feel comfortable can share their scenario based story with the group, and get some quick feedback on it.


There are a number of ways you can structure a story, it very much depends on who you are telling it to, and what you want to get out of it. Bearing these things in mind when creating your story, or telling your story, will help you get the most out of it and hopefully achieve a positive outcome.

What you’ll learn
  • Appreciate the power of storytelling for communicating with others


This challenge requires a partner to share your work with


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