One week in my agile tester's shoes

We all know what is the job of a tester or QA people: she tests... Specifically, she validates changes, she checks non-regression, plus some other things on the side.

But what's her job now that the company is all agile and stuff? It seems no one knows, not to mention that she has been integrated into an agile team. How is it possible to do the same stuff than before but now under the tight deadline of a Sprint? Besides everyone is talking about test automation, so do we really still need a tester?

Why not answer to all these questions by tagging along with an agile tester during a week? During one week, you'll get to see what is the everyday life of an agile tester, what her days are made of, and all the value she's bringing to the team without setting herself as the production environment warden.

In this session you'll see no dogmatism. You'll witness lifelike situations, shared in a humorous tone.

You'll see that the agile tester role is very subtle. Unlike what most people might think, the agile tester has a lot of work to do and most teams would gain a lot to have one!

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • What is an agile tester?
    • According to the market: let's have a look to LinkedIn jobs
    • According to me
  • One week in my agile tester's shoes
    • Disclaimer
    • Let's live together one full week, from Monday to Friday... [takes more than half of the session's time]
  • Why am I doing this or that? How does it match the definition of the agile tester role?
  • Do you need an agile tester?
    • From a quality/product/value perspective
    • From a money/business perspective
  • Pitfalls - how to fail at the agile tester job
  • Key takeaways
  • Q&A

Learning Outcome

Two points deserve special attention:

  • Agile teams gain a lot from embedding a tester
  • Following the advent of agile, the tester role changes significantly but has never been as relevant as now

Target Audience

Everyone in the team is welcome, as well as their managers!

schedule Submitted 5 months ago

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  • Kissi Mimoun
    By Kissi Mimoun  ~  4 months ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Jean Pierre understands the role of the agile tester. With his videos and presentations, he promotes and diffuses the best practices to integrate a tester in a scrum team. 
  • Lisa Crispin
    By Lisa Crispin  ~  5 months ago
    reply Reply

    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • The "week in the life" format is really effective. Many people learn best through examples.
    • Jean-Pierre understands how testers wear a lot of hats and is really effective in helping others understand that.
    • Jean-Pierre Lambert
      By Jean-Pierre Lambert  ~  5 months ago
      reply Reply

      Thanks Lisa for the support! Let's evangelize the agile tester role!


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