November 10 – 12, 2020

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Inattentional Blindness

Mike Lyles

Exercises which will challenge the audience to accept that focus does not ensure accuracy

Tips for how to recognize patterns and gaps which test activities may overlook

Evaluation of applications and products which the class will practice the art of focused testing

Suggestions for how to reduce inattentional blindness and risk of missing simple or small changes

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Inattentional Blindness

It's Not What You Look At, It's What You See

Life is full of repetitive tasks. It is human nature to become blind to small changes in our everyday life. This is a major risk for testers. This workshop will teach us how to pay closer attention.

How many times have you driven all the way home, only to realize you didn’t remember anything from the drive. Your mind was in a different place, and you were driving on autopilot. Or maybe you walk out to your garage and get in your car every day and are so used to the surroundings that you don’t notice that something has been taken or moved to a new location. When our eyes are so familiar with the things we see every day, our brains are tricked into believing that there is nothing that has changed.

In the USA TV show, “Brain Games”, the audience is asked to pay close attention to what is happening. That simple focused attention gets the majority of people in trouble, because the art of focusing on a specific area or activity prohibits the audience from seeing things that are going on around them. This “inattentional blindness” causes key details to be missed.

As testers, such focused concentration leads to “inattentional blindness” that can be detrimental to the success of the product delivered. We must find a way to constantly challenge our visual images and prohibit our brain from accepting that there are no changes which could impact the quality of the product.

We will challenge the audience to literally “think outside the box”. The audience will be given specific exercises to show how that the human mind sometimes overlooks details when they seem visually insignificant or unrelated. We will examine how testers can become better prepared for such oversights and discuss strategies that can be used immediately in your organizations. The key to eliminating the risk of oversight and missed problems is learning how to identify the areas where you may have originally ignored a focused effort.


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