Agile Testers: Becoming a key asset for your team

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Agile Testers: Becoming a key asset for your team

  1. 1. Becoming a key asset for your team: the role of agile testers Gojko Adzic http://gojko.net @gojkoadzic
  2. 2. Problems  Developers invading into testing → loss of control  Lack of documentation, so people don't know what to test → no effect  Very little influence → no respect  People feel pushed out → no job satisfaction  No clear definition of work → confusion, fear
  3. 3. Problems Symptoms  Developers invading into testing → loss of control  Lack of documentation, so people don't know what to test → no effect  Very little influence → no respect  People feel pushed out → no job satisfaction  No clear definition of work → confusion, fear
  4. 4. Problems  Testing is decoupled from development, happens at the end  Lack of communication between business, developers and testers  Animosity between developers and testers
  5. 5. B2 bomber crashed and $2bn went up in flames "the aircraft actually performed as it was designed. In other words, all the systems were functioning normally." Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2008Jun05/0,4670,B2Crash,00.html
  6. 6. GET INVOLVED!
  7. 7. Collaborative specifications  Your job is to provide a testing perspective  Advise what is to be tested rather than test it yourself  Teach them about important issues  Learn about the domain and what developers plan to do
  8. 8. Heavy automation • Collaborate with developers on automation • Learn about what they are actually doing • Share ideas • Get a lot more time for exploratory testing
  9. 9. Finally stop those guys from making the same mistakes over and over
  10. 10. Avoid doing the same stuff all the time
  11. 11. Get a lot more time for exploratory testing
  12. 12. Build quality in from the start
  13. 13. Verify business rules by a click on a button
  14. 14. Get more visibility and respect
  15. 15. • www.gojko.net • www.acceptancetesting.info • www.agiletesting.org.uk

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