A Tester’s Survival Guide for Agile Transition

Agile transformation is challenging, especially for testers who are accustomed to working in a silo. As a lone tester on a team, it’s difficult to find the time to learn new methodologies and adapt to be able to incorporate them as part of your process.

While it’s apparent that an agile approach can bring forth several benefits such as the faster delivery of new features, it’s not always obvious what a tester should do to be a part of this change.

Although there’s literature covering the tester’s role in an agile environment, this talk will move beyond the theory and provide a journey of a tester’s experience in making this transformation.

Make no mistake... transitioning to agile is not an easy feat, so this talk will not only cover my personal successes but will also highlight my failures and critical lessons learned.

Key takeaways:

  • How to overcome the challenges faced during transitioning to agile
  • 3 keys to make this transition work
  • How to utilize techniques such as exploratory testing to achieve more in short sprint cycle


Outline/Structure of the Talk

Here's my slides which gives the context of my outline or structure of the talk.


Its my own story of being a tester what challenges I faced and how I overcame them.

As I said its my story , I present it like a story by giving the context of where we were before we started to transition into agile , why we went for agile, how did I feel about the change, what did I try first, how did we started off.

Here's my blog as well which is a short version of this talk -


Learning Outcome

  • How to overcome the challenges faced during transitioning to agile
  • 3 keys to make this transition work
  • How to utilize techniques such as exploratory testing to achieve more in short sprint cycle

Target Audience

Testers, Product owners, Scrum master

Prerequisites for Attendees

Audience just need to bring in their learning hat and their thinking head.

schedule Submitted 10 months ago

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  • Naresh Jain
    By Naresh Jain  ~  4 months ago
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    Hello Parveen,

    Thank you for your proposal. In the current format, your proposal is too basic for our target audience.

    Can you turn this into a 20 mins talk based on your experience on how you dealt with estimations and planning? Can you share some key insights about the same?

    • Parveen Khan
      By Parveen Khan  ~  4 months ago
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      Hi Naresh,

      I agree that it's pretty basic topic, I would like to share the outline structure of what I'm going to present in my topic  so it gives more information to decide if its still too basic. Here's my blog post which is not complete version of my talk but gives the outline about this topic - https://www.parveenkhans.com/p/blog.html


      • I'm going to share this as a story, so I'll start with the context of what product we were working, how our team setup was, why we wanted to move into agile.
      • The most important part is that I share about my 3 keys - Collaboration, Planning  and Decision Making. 
      • Will take through with examples about why and how these are 3 keys and why it worked. 
      • While going through those 3 keys I also talk about the challenges I faced during estimations, detailed test cases, planning. I talk about the different scenarios . 
      • At the end of the story I'll share my learnings as key takeaways which are useful for every tester who is either new to agile, transitioning into agile or even if already working within a team in agile. 

      Hope this helps, please let me know if you need any more details. 





      • Naresh Jain
        By Naresh Jain  ~  4 months ago
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        Thanks for the clarification, Parveen.

        In the past, lot of speakers have given an overview/story session. We are looking for a deep-dive talk. If you can pick one of the 3 keys (preferably planning and estimation) and go deep into it, that would be really helpful.

        Please note that at this stage we only have 20 mins slots available.

        • Naresh Jain
          By Naresh Jain  ~  3 months ago
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          Hi Parveen,

          Could you please reply to my previous comments?

  • Deepti Tomar
    By Deepti Tomar  ~  7 months ago
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    Hello Parveen,

    Thanks for your proposal!

    In order to help the program committee to understand your presentation style, could you please upload a video of your past presentations? If you don't have one, can you record a small 1 mins trailer of your talk and share the link to the same?