Variability 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 variability tour.

In the variability tour, you simply look for things you can change in the product - and then you try to change them. Click buttons, select values, change settings, etc… The goal is to try to get a feel for how things work and what possible values might be.

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.)