MindMap: WHAT is SBTM and HOW is it applied?

In the mindmap SBTM-What?, I’ve tried to give a basic overview of what Session-Based Test Management
is. The main nodes of the mindmap are:

  • What is SBTM
  • When is it used
  • How it is performed (see SBTM-How!)
  • Metrics used
  • Tools used
  • Challenges in SBTM
  • and a Glossary

…in the second mindmap SBTM-How!  I’ve described how I approach SBTM through the following steps: Prepare, Plan, Execute, Report, Follow-up



(Last updated: 2012-11-07)

5 Responses to MindMap: WHAT is SBTM and HOW is it applied?

  1. Not bad!

    But your Ad hoc definition could be different.
    Ad hoc is Latin for “for this specific purpose”.
    So originally, and for some still, Ad hoc testing meant tests that were created for one specific situation. Purpose- and powerful tests that just weren’t designed to be re-executed forever.
    So for me, Ad hoc testing is the most freeform style of exploratory testing.
    However, people started using the word as in sloppy and unskilled, so nowadays it can’t be used without confusion or unfruitful discussions.

    I saw a spelling error also: 37 Souces (should be Sources)


    • Carl says:

      Hi Rikard, You are right on the original meaning of ‘Ad Hoc’. But the semantic of words (especially commonly used ones) do as you point out often change over time. The change might not be a change of meaning as such but rather an addition (or loss) of meaning that might exist side-by-side for some time.

      In the context of testing the definition I described (or actually rather quoted L.Copeland) is in my experience more commonly used. That might indicate a change of semantic (in the context of testing) rather than a word incorrectly used.

  2. Rosie Sherry says:

    Ah, excellent. We did one on SBTM a short while back – http://www.ministryoftesting.com/2012/06/session-based-test-management-the-mindmap/

  3. The mindmaps look great. What software did you use to create them?

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