Structured Software Risk Assessments: Explained by Ironing and Prosecco

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Structured Software Risk Assessments: Explained by Ironing and Prosecco

Applying risk assessment to family happiness? Can that be done?

Watch Tricentis Product Manager Elmar Pauwels’ talk, where he invokes the age old adage: ‘Happy wife, happy life’, and successfully applies risk assessment and Tricentis Tosca Test Case Design to everyday life.

Here’s the full transcript

Hi everybody. I want to tell you a story. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, and I was at home together with my family. And of course, on a rainy day at home with the family, at some point the kids were starting to fight which made me, and especially my wife, pretty unhappy. So, I was sitting there and I thought, “What can I do about this? How can I make these guys happy? What makes my family happy?” And thinking about this, tons of things came into my mind. It was like a flash.

So I thought, “How can I find out which activity contributes most to the overall family happiness?”

And since this thought sounded familiar, identifying something that contributes most to something else, I thought, “Hey, there is a tool for that.” So, I pulled out Tricentis Tosca and converted this mass of potential activities into a clear and well-structured requirement set.

To which I have applied risk assessment.

But this was not enough. I wasn’t done yet. I also wanted to know which activity contributed the most depending on who is actually executing it, so I pushed it one step further into test case design.

As an example, let’s look at the test sheet for ironing. By the way, it turned out that my wife is most of the time straight through, but also for the fun part, okay? But that’s a different story. So, if my wife is ironing a shirt, the outcome would be a properly ironed shirt, okay? If I myself will do the ironing, it will still be an ironed shirt, but not that proper, most likely. If, for example, my kids would do the ironing, it would end up in a complete disaster – might not be the best idea.

So, I did this for all the potential activities and, of course, projected it back onto the requirement. I got a, to be honest, slightly unexpected and surprising result. It turned out that the four tasks that contributed most to the overall family happiness are: my wife picking up some Prosecco for her next girls’ night, if I am at home doing the laundry, and the kids are out in the garden – even if it’s raining. So, having found this, I took immediate action, of course. I sent my wife to the mall to do some shopping and I sent the kids out into the garden so that I had time to focus on doing the laundry. And – voila! happy faces all around me.

The bottom line of the story is, happy wife, happy life. Unhappy wife, horrible life.

No, but let’s be serious. There is also, a serious bottom line, which is intuitive risk guessing actually works! It will lead you somewhere. But if you want to find out what really matters and what is really important, then a structured approach to risk assessment is just inevitable, otherwise you might end up focusing on something completely irrelevant. Thanks for listening.