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Building a testing team



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Доклад Luis Amaral на конференции SQA Days-19, 20-21 мая 2016 г., Санкт-Петербург

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Building a testing team

  1. 1. BUILDING A TESTING TEAM From an empty room to a fully productive team in a short time Luís Amaral May 20, 2016
  2. 2. Agenda • About me • Context • An empty room • The plan and the timeline • Architecture spotlight • Hiring • Infrastructure and room setup • Training and knowledge building • Processes and Tools • Test case writing and reviewing • Testing and learning • Conclusions
  3. 3. About me • Currently: • Independent Consultant focusing on Test Management, Quality Management and Project Management • Vice-chair of the ISTQB® Marketing Working Group • Co-founder and member of the board of the PSTQB • Owns and runs an online business • Lives between Switzerland and Portugal • Past: • Co-founder and director of Strongstep – Innovation in Software Quality • Worked and lived in several European countries with in development and management roles • Masters in Informatics Engineering from FEUP, University of Porto, Portugal
  4. 4. Context
  5. 5. Context • Telecommunications operator • New E2E software with all its implications • Billing • CRM • All provisioning operations • Local adaptations • Multi-site, multi million dollar project, large number of people involved
  6. 6. An empty room
  7. 7. The plan and timelines 12.03 19.03 26.03 02.04 16.0409.04 Pre-UAT Env. QA 1 Env. QA 2 UAT Team definition - Tracking tool training - QA preparation - Tools training - Arch. training - Print Tool training - Other apps. training - JIT shadowing - Training refresh - Business test cycles reviews Test cycle writing and self-training Team preparation UAT activities
  8. 8. Architecture spotlight
  9. 9. What’s the most important item in a team?
  10. 10. Hiring
  11. 11. Hiring • We had to focus on internal resources • Ideal world: • People with business, technical and test skills • What do we prefer? • It is easier to train someone to test than someone to have the business knowledge • We can hire/use some technical skills of other people when needed
  12. 12. Hiring • What have we done? • Identified the critical areas of the business that would require testing • Internal recruiting: full time or part time • Key points: • Avoid part time recruiting special in fast and resource shortage environments • Use them as soon as they are available, you never know when you’ll loose your resources
  13. 13. Infrastructure and room setup • Easy part: • Computers • Chairs • Tables • Setup/configure a full network environment • In the telecommunications world there is not only software • You have to have a fully functional network to test E2E • Some of the tests have been done in a test network and others in the live system • Key points: • All takes a lot of time, specially if it does not depend only on you, start with this from day 1
  14. 14. Training and knowledge building • The advantages we had: • There were other countries that had a similar software deployment in previous years • There is a testing team fully managed by the integrator in place and testing • General introduction about testing • What is testing • What are the goals • The psychology behind a good tester
  15. 15. Training and knowledge building • We’ve focus a lot on testing on the job • We’ve shadowed the previous phase testing team • We’ve travelled to other countries to learn • We’ve brought experts from other countries to teach • Key points • The business knowledge of the resources brought a great advantage to leverage the experts available • Until you start doing you don’t encounter any problems
  16. 16. Processes and Tools • Typical day of a tester (in this environment and per area of work) • Environment checks • Morning meeting • Reporting • Escalation • What to do if I’m stuck • ... • Repeated this specific training • Written process for the main happy path flows
  17. 17. Processes and Tools • Group and individual sessions depending the tool goals • E.g. incident management tool for all • E.g. Billing tools to the billing team • Everyone had a sparring buddy to support • Key points: • Repetition improves performance • Spot checks improves as well performance and can bring great team benefit
  18. 18. Test case writing and reviewing
  19. 19. Test case writing and reviewing • We had users, not testers as a starting point • How to bring them quickly into the test case writing mode: 1. Study other test cases 2. Review previous testing phases test cases 3. Write their own test cases 4. Discuss the written cases in small groups 5. Review the work done • Rinse and repeat
  20. 20. Test case writing and reviewing • Key points • We’re all different • Consistency is difficult and takes time • Being very open to feedback is your best help to success
  21. 21. Testing and learning • This was the easy part as we’re only starting the journey • 5 weeks to go • Training and learning never stops • Psychology is important for people who never had this job before and have been put under great pressure
  22. 22. Testing and learning: rinse and repeat
  23. 23. Conclusions • Management support is key • The 3 most important things: People, People, People • We went live on time and budget, quality was good, surely can always be better • In the end a strong team was built • A subset of this team stayed as the testing team, other went back to their business jobs
  24. 24. Thank You!

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