8 (Agile) Testing Success Factors

schedule Nov 23rd 04:15 PM - 05:15 PM place Room - Gatineau

In many Agile environments testing is either pushed to the end of a Sprint or is handled in a separate Sprint. This “mini-waterfall” approach to testing can be the root cause for a number of problems, including stress for the testers, delays in getting to Potentially Shippable Product Increment, missed testing, and team interruptions.

During this session we will look at 8 practical techniques that teams can try to help them deliver higher quality products. We will be using Jenga blocks as a tool to explore the techniques that can be used to improve quality.

 
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Outline/structure of the Session

The session will include two exercises to reinforce key learning points.

  • Introduction to topic
  • Introduce 8 practical techniques to improve testing, including:
    • Whole team approach to testing
    • Building the right thing -- getting specifications right before building
    • Building the thing right -- so code is testable, and
    • Test-driven thinking to arrive in the right place.
  • Jenga blocks exercise to explore team and cultural aspects of testing with debrief
  • Presentation on practical cultural and team changes that can improve testing and help achieve higher quality
  • Build a testing matrix exercise
  • Conclusion and review

Learning Outcome

  • The difference between testing and checking
  • Understanding that quality starts at the inception of a feature
  • Cultural aspects impact quality as much as tools and techniques
  • How Agile practices are a part of achieving higher quality
  • That automation is critical to iterative development
  • Types of testing and who/when/where they fit in delivering quality

Target Audience

People with leadership, software development, testing, and product specification skills.

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  • Ellen Grove
    By Ellen Grove  ~  2 years ago
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    Sounds like an interesting presentation.  I'm curious to learn more about what the practical techniques you'll be addressing are - would you be able to provide a bit more detail for the reviewers?

    Thx!

    • Glenn Waters
      By Glenn Waters  ~  2 years ago
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      Thanks Ellen!

      I added a couple of points to the structure of the session. I think that adds some more clarity.


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