Listing attributes

A lesson I learned from James Bach a number of years ago is to list out attributes of something before you test it. You can practice this with anything: the book on your desk, your keyboard, or this WordPress blog. List out as many attributes as you possibly can. Share your list with other people. Have them tell you what's missing.

This is a great way to come up with test ideas for a product. Practicing it can be fun and easy, but it's also very applicable to what we do as testers. It trains your mind to be able to quickly identify the relevant attributes of a product. You'll find that your test idea generation abilities improve as you get better at clearly identifying attributes.