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Formating the report – page four

A little over a year ago I met with another tester in town to provide advice on performance testing. I recently found the notes from the meeting in an old notebook. In the five pages of handwritten notes, I documented my understanding of the problem and how I would approach the project. Take these notes for what they are - sketches over the course of an hour or two as I asked questions and clarified the project. However, I thought they would be interesting to share.

The fourth page was an attempt to illustrate how I would approach organizing my work and how to present results to the various stakeholders.

Laying out results

I tried to paint a picture of an Excel workbook with different worksheets detailing out various information about the project. We discussed a tab for key project information, a tab for an overview of the architecture, a tab for the usage model, and then some number of tabs for the actual test data, test results, and charts. As we talked, I tried to give an idea of where the information might come from and what it might look like.

Posted By Michael Kelly
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  1. Did you heard of mind mapping? Is a really great tool to use for presentation and taking notes.

  2. Hi Gergely,

    I mind map all the time. There are a couple of tools out there that are fairly good, but I prefer to use paper and pen when I map. I know several people who take notes at conferences and workshops using mind maps. I know Karen and Jonathan do maps as well. I’ll have to see if I can twist someone’s arm into doing some tips on mind mapping.


  3. Cool!! I love doing mind maps because my mind can store better information visually. :) So it’s the perfect thing for me. Unfortunately i only got hold of this method since last year… It would have help immensely in my school years :) .

    If you give me and address i can send you some notes that i have in PDF.


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