Tuesday 14 December 2010

A little exercise

As I mentioned in my last post, I lead a short exercise at the Danish Alliance during the EuroSTAR conference. I must add my thanks to Zeger Van Hese (@TestSideStory) and EuroSTAR for arranging the conference room for the evening session.

The exercise was straight forward but not easy. People had to go into groups and create a number of drawings of what testing is,  BUT they had to use one of James Bach's descriptions: ”Testing is the infinite process of comparing the invisible to the ambiguous so as to avoid the unthinkable happening to the anonymous". The words infinite, invisible, ambiguous, unthinkable and anonymous had to be 'drawn'.
At the end of the exercise, I collected all the drawings and here is the result:

NOTE: I collected another drawing for 'unthinkable' but I can't remember what its meant to be now (really bad drawing skills by me!). If you were present at the exercise and remember the drawing, please let me know. Something to do with a cave/exit??


  1. I forgot to add, a group came up with a waterfall that feeds itself but I could't draw it, it was too hard! I ended up drawing the funny looking object in 'unthinkable'

  2. The cave-thing was Plato's Cave:

  3. Thanks Henrik - Now I remember! I'll see if I can draw that up.
    Carsten Feilberg also said that the other unthinkable was the exit door to the universe.