We enjoyed having Julian Harty join us for a recent webinar about Polychrome testing – ideas and practices to help improve how we test software using 6 thinking hats. In 2008 Julian gave a popular keynote titled ‘Six Thinking Hats’ at the StarWest Conference, detailing ways testers could usefully improve their testing practices by applying various concepts and ideas to how they work. Eight years on, these have remained useful and valuable for many people involved in software testing. In this recent webinar, Julian revisited many of the original ideas, and augment them with additional materials from various sources with a particular focus on working effectively with emotions.
There were 6 techniques discussed in the webinar that work to significantly improve how you communicate and how you test software in future. Here’s a quick look at Julians ‘6 Thinking Hats’, but be sure to watch or listen to the on-demand webinar – download it here.
The Blue Hat – blue sky thinking
Helps to provide an overview
Thinking about our thinking
Controls the use of the other hats
Gathers the outcome at the end
Set out the next steps
The White hate – information and facts
Report what we find, as we find it
Ask questions to establish facts
What information do we have?
What information do we need?
Qualify ‘facts’: are they opinions?
The Yellow Hat – sunshine and 0ptimism
Seeking the best possible outcome
Looking for benefits
The Red Hat – passion and feelings
A safe environment to vent feelings
Negative Positive Includes:
Hunches and intuitions
No need to justify your contributions
The Black Hat – represents DARKNESS
Helps us to be cautious
Look for what could go wrong and for what might be wrong