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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?

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Sallyann Freudenberg

@salFreudenberg
Dr. Sallyann Freudenberg is an agile coach, consultant and trainer with a keen focus on psychology and collaboration. 
She holds a PhD in the Psychology of Collaborative Software Development, performs ethnographic research, publishes and speaks about the ways that experienced agile teams interact, with a particular interest in distributed cognition and the psychology of pair programming. Sal discovered that far from being a solitary or even pair endeavor, programming is done as part of a rich eco-system of people, tools, systems and other artifacts. She found that in these eco-systems people can learn by Legitimate Peripheral Participation. She de-bunked the odd pair-programming myth along the way.
Sal has worked as an agile coach in a wide range of organisations. She has assisted companies (from small start-ups to large, long-established traditional organisations) in transitioning to more nimble, customer-centric and human(e) ways of working.
Since parenting an autistic son, Sal has developed a keen interest in neuro-diversity, re-assessing her own traits and neurology and considering the prolific and extra-ordinary people with whom she has worked over her 25+ years in the tech industry. Given her own experiences and the current research on Autism and I.T., Sal is raising awareness of the benefits of having diversity in our organisations, and is helping the industry to begin to understand how to provide spaces and tools that nurture every kind of brain. 
Most recently she is trying to map our different modes of problem solving into an over-arching “thinking model”.
Sal is a keen Lego enthusiast and co-creator (with Karl Scotland) of the Lego Flow Game, an interactive game to show the difference between phase-based, time-boxed and flow-based approaches to product development using Lego advent calendars.
She is also a Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Trainer.