Testing Overdrive

Do you think that testing can be more than writing and executing test cases? That there is more to testing than just checking requirements? Kick your testing up a gear and discover how challenging and invigorating advanced testing can be. Testing Overdrive teaches a collaborative and investigative test approach that will reignite your passion and improve how you test.

Specialised courses developed by Assurity

This is a private event. Contact Catherine Saganic at education@assurity.co.nz for a consultation.

This course can be run in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as a private course. Please contact education@assurity.co.nz for further information.

Testing Overdrive focuses on how to make testing more valuable by teaching testers how to test better. This course introduces a variety of proven techniques for testers to complete their work faster and to a higher standard, using critical thinking and advanced test analysis techniques. Testing Overdrive covers the whole test process, from planning to execution, and gives practical examples at each step. This course is based on internationally recognised techniques that our consultants use every day in their client work.

Learning outcomes

While mastering testing skills will require both time and practice, this workshop will allow you to:

  • Apply heuristic test techniques
  • Develop and critique visual coverage models
  • Recognise and explain the oracles used to identify bugs
  • Write specific and effective test charters to focus exploratory testing
  • Prepare descriptive test reports and an executive testing dashboard
  • Conduct feature tours to produce state transition diagrams
  • Use Hendrickson variables to identify variance classes
  • Gain knowledge of combinatorial test design
  • Identify cognitive bias
  • Advocate for exploratory testing in your test approach


"One of the best courses I have ever been on. Fantastic presenters, a great variety of information and the techniques which promoted lateral thinking and collaborative learning. It made testing dynamic and fun." Bridget Smith, EPA
"What I liked about the Testing Overdrive course was that it was interactive and collaborative. Doing practical exercise was very useful and helped relate the topics to my own role. Awesome teacher and you can see his passion for testing." Marlene Reddy, Loyalty
"I really enjoyed Testing Overdrive. It was definitely what I was looking for. I really enjoyed learning about the Heuristic test strategy and exploratory testing. It was good to be able to see examples and do activities to show what I am currently doing and putting a name to it and being able to articulate my thinking into why I have used a particular model or to show the reasons behind it. Awesome facilitators, they have such passion." Shay Naiki, MSD 


All participants apply the concepts introduced through extensive practical activities that allow them to experience everything learned. Interactive testing exercises encourage group collaboration and get attendees working hands-on testing real software.

To support and enhance application of the concepts, we offer follow-on coaching, check ups and support. All our education staff are practising test professionals rather than just trainers.


This course is designed for people with at least 12 months' hands-on testing experience who are seeking to level up their testing career.

Students must bring a laptop to the course.  Some laptops maybe available on request. Please contact education@assurity.co.nz to check availability prior to course date.


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