Complexity 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 complexity tour.

In the complexity tour, one attempts to find the five most complex things about the product. Complexity can exist around features or data. Complex features can be the most common features in an application (the algorithm behind Google search) or they might be rarely used – hidden away waiting to cause problems (end of year processing for an accounting system).

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.)
HeuristicsMichael Kelly