Feature tour

Sometimes while I'm testing a new application, I struggle to get started. To help me focus and better understand my testing, I use application tours to support my testing. One the tours that I use is the feature tour.

In the feature tour, you simply move through the application, getting familiar with all the controls and features you come across. You ask simple questions like, “What’s this and what does it do?” and “How would I know if this feature is working?” You look for interactions, calculations, transformations, multimedia, and error handling. When taking a feature tour, it can be helpful to look at one factor at a time.

For a more descriptive look at using application tours, see an article I did for Software Test and Performance a few years ago. (It starts on page 20.)