schedule Mar 10th 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM place Mysore Hall 1 people 35 Attending

Pyramids? Quadrants? Cupcakes?! There are a wide array of models that describe approaches to test automation strategy and their possible positive (or negative) outcomes.

In this talk, we’ll survey the landscape of testing models: models that range from technical to product to cultural mindsets, including best practices and anti-patterns. I’ll add detail and nuance to each of these models in the form of professional experience, real world example, and case study. 

With a new lens, focusing on testing strategy as an act of curation, I'll share a new approach to evolving a testing strategy appropriate for your product development team's specific context.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

This talk is a reverse duplex talk. 

The first half of the talk is dedicated to covering a number of models, describing a kind of pattern language of testing strategies -- Testing Pyramid, Quadrants, Test Driven, Code Coverage, Exploratory Testing, Debugger Driven Development, and more. I'll briefly go over the pros and cons of the model and share my personal experience with each one from both a practitioner and a coach's perspective.

In the second half of the talk, I move into a curator's role and describe how we might pick and choose parts of each model to create a model specific to the product we're working on and the team we're working with.

I end with the rhetorical question, "what does your model look like?" This is meant as a call to action for attendees to articulate 

Learning Outcome

  • Awareness of one or more new testing models.
  • "No single model sufficiently describes an effective testing strategy."
  • Confidence to pull from a toolbox of testing patterns and anti-patterns to articulate our testing strategy's current state and desired, future state.
  • Learn how to introduce these models to my own team while learning how to introduce models in an influential and non-confrontational manner.

Target Audience

Developers, Testers, QA Professionals, Product Managers, Coaches

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  • Joel Tosi
    By Joel Tosi  ~  10 months ago
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    Hey dude, thanks for submitting.  This is a real nice session.

    I like the way you end - would it be possible to incorporate that exercise in and a share out as opposed to a takeaway?  That might help the topics be more sticky and applicable when people get back to work.

    What do you think?

    Tosi


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