There are so many ways of working out what is changing in your product. As a Tester I look for this information from any source. It helps me filter my test ideas.
One of the tools we’ve been exploring recently here at NewVoiceMedia is a cool tool called Gource. One of our programmers Wyndham has been experimenting with it and been tempting me with the insights this tool could offer our Testers.
There simply isn’t time to test everything so any technique or information source that will help me filter and target my Testing is very welcome.
Gource is a tool that “visualises” SVN check-ins. We can visualise where the check-ins are happening, with what frequency and with what intensity. We can get access to check-in information anyway, but what this tool gives you is a timeline of change and that all important visualisation.
Here’s a cool vid of Gource in action for Flickr:
So we’ve been playing with this and immediately I can see areas of code check-ins not immediately obvious from story cards or other workflow tools.
We’re going to be exploring this tool more over the next few months and seeing how well we are finding the insights it can give.
I’ve also been having crazy ideas about how I can use the SVN checkin process and Gource for visualising where we are targetting our exploratory testing. We could see how much testing is going on around which component…..but I digress. I’ll explore that and let you know.