James Espie, Test Specialist

How do you test a digital human?

30 days of Testability, day thirteen

What makes good test data?

Day 13 of the 30 days of Testability challenge:

Find out how test data is populated in your system. How could it be improved? You can watch Techniques for Generating and Managing Test Data by Omose Ogala for some ideas to get you started.

I strongly recommend watching Omose Ogala’s talk on this - it’s a great primer on how and why to be mindful of the test data you’re using.

But the context I work in doesn’t use a lot of test data - at least, not in the traditional sense.

There’s some - but I’m working on Digital Humans, and a lot of the test data comes in the form of conversation, and animation.

Digital Humans

So, I figured it would be useful to chat to someone about what makes good test data in this context.

I caught up with our VP of Platform, Tyler Merritt, to talk about what that all means.


This was a super valuable conversation to me. Once again, I learned things from talking to someone who is closer to the customer than I am. It’s becoming a theme.

Specifically, I learned the value of small talk, when it comes to digital humans. A parallel in web development might be microinteractions - little things that make a big difference.

I hope that was interesting for you, I know it was for me. Thanks for watching, and thanks Tyler for taking part!

See y’all for the next one!


Oh, and if you want to check out a digital human for yourself, take a look at the COVID-19 demo that Tyler mentioned in the vid. Chur!