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Testing: Software Development Catalyst

Testing is not an isolated activity. It interacts with and influences other disciplines in software development such as design, coding, release management, and deployment. As testers, our skills and experiences add value far beyond the immediate context of verifying functionality. Threats to value other than software errors exist.

Yet our discussions are often constrained to the testing space, omitting the connections to, and dependencies on, other roles and activities. Testing is an integral discipline of software development, and often plays an active and important role in bridging gaps between technical and business-focused roles, between leaders and engineers, and between makers and users.

How does the testing piece fit into the software development puzzle? How does – and how should – testing interact with other disciplines in software development? How can we most effectively add value to the software development projects we participate in?

Please join us for our 11th annual conference at the Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre campus in downtown Vancouver, Canada, August 8-10 2016.


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Tuesday, August 9 • 14:30 - 17:00
Tester's Role in Agile Requirements Exploration

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Roles are blurred in agile projects, but it is not always clear where testers can help. Testers want to be involved early and by incorporating the testing mindset, we improve customer exploration of product needs. At the same time, agile test planning and delivery benefits from involvement in agile requirements analysis. Janet Gregory will lead this experiential workshop, in which participants examine a subset of agile analysis models in tandem with specifying acceptance criteria to verify and validate requirements. Participants experience how incorporating the tester mindset and using test techniques during requirements exploration accelerates test planning and specification, enhances product quality, and uncovers missing, conflicting, erroneous and unnecessary requirements. Learn how requirements exploration promotes early test specification and increases requirements and product quality.

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Janet Gregory

Agile Testing and Process Consultant, DragonFire Inc.
Janet Gregory is an agile testing and process consultant with DragonFire Inc. She is the co-author with Lisa Crispin of Agile Testing Condensed: A Brief Introduction (LeanPub 2019), More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team (Addison-Wesley 2014), and Agile Testing... Read More →

Tuesday August 9, 2016 14:30 - 17:00 PDT
Scotiabank Lecture Room (1315) Simon Fraser University Vancouver 515 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3