Discussions Testers Should No Longer Be Having
How many times have you heard statements like, “How did we miss this in test”, “This defect doesn’t happen on my machine”, “We do not need automation”, or “We are waiting on testing to give us the green light”?
Many years ago, Stephen Covey made the statement “Nothing Fails Like Success”. He spoke on how that the things we do to be successful today may not be enough for success tomorrow. This powerful statement can be directly applied to how that the changing landscape of IT is affecting the roles of our project teams. Processes, tools, and approaches that were once successful years ago may not be enough today, tomorrow, and beyond.
This concept relates heavily with the role of test teams today. Discussions we used to have years ago are no longer as relevant now. Waterfall teams have migrated to Agile & DevOps, and there is a need for strategic changes in how we operate within a project and how we communicate across teams.
In this presentation, we will discuss many of the well-known phrases, philosophies, and theories around testing of years past, and how that we must overcome the obstacles and be successful today. We will discuss how the dynamics within the teams must change, and most importantly, how you, as a tester, can influence across the organization.
Outline/Structure of the Talk
Topics covered (in draft mode - new talk):
- What are the common discussions we have today that we should NOT be having?
- What issues are rising due to these discussions?
- How do we influence our test teams and the overall project team to grow?
- Having the tough discussions to implement change
- Growing TOGETHER instead of APART
- Aligning discussions around tools, processes, and good practices to support the organization
- Being a leader and proponent of quality products - at any level in your team
- Evaluate successes in testing and project teams in the past that have become outdated
- An understanding of the changes we face today within our SDLC processes
- How to identify and address project teams that are stuck in the past
- Tips and guidelines for how to best influence across the team and organization
Everyone - all roles and levels
Prerequisites for Attendees