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  1. 1. The Thinking Tester Evolved Elisabeth Hendrickson Blog: testobsessed.com Twitter: @testobsessed Available from: http://www.slideshare.net/ehendrickson/presentations Slides Last updated July 17, 2012
  2. 2. Image courtesy of The Tire Zoo http://www.flickr.com/photos/new_and_used_tires/7545632522/ Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution
  3. 3. Changes: Business Approaches Build Measure Learn
  4. 4. Changes: Technology Product Architecture Cloud Mobile Infrastructure Tools Test & CI Environment Operations Management Automation
  5. 5. Changes: the Pace of Change Source: Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Ray Kurzweil See http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-law-of-accelerating-returns
  6. 6. Changes: Development Cycles Then: Phased Cycles. specialists in silos. Months or Years Between Releases Analyze Design Implement Test RELEASE! Now: Short iterations. Cross functional teams collaborating. Release cycles measured in days, weeks.
  7. 7. Changes: Tester Jobs A survey of job advertisements: In 2010: we examined 187 ads. Of those, 112 (60%) required programming skills. Another 39 (20%) listed programming as a nice to have. That’s 80%. In 2011: we examined 164 ads. 102 (62%) required programming. Another 38 (23%) listed it as a nice to have. That’s 85%. In 2012: Anecdotally, 100% of the 4 ads on the job board at this conference (as of this AM) either required or desired programming. Conclusion: testing as a profession is changing. http://testobsessed.com/2011/12/2nd-annual-qatest-job-posting-study/
  8. 8. Re-frame Image courtesy of greckor http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregcutler/3701708470/ Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution
  9. 9. any activity that yields about the extent to which our , our , and the are .
  10. 10. Tested =  Checked + Explored
  11. 11. A variation on Brian Marick’s Agile Testing Quadrants  Confirm Investigate Risks to Business Business-facing Internal expectations Quality Attributes Risks to Tech- Technology- Internal nology facing Quality expectations Attributes
  12. 12. The Thinking Tester Analytical, Relentlessly curious, Observant, Skeptical, Empiricist, Critical thinking Investigator.
  13. 13. We’re not “just” testers Product Programmer owner Project architect manager … Technical writer
  14. 14. Image courtesy of Brian Snelson http://www.flickr.com/photos/exfordy/123112078/ Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution
  15. 15. Testing is so important that everyone does it. Intentions ? ? Implementation Actual Need ?
  16. 16. The Thinking Tester, Evolved Sees testing as a team activity Seeks to contribute & support the team in gathering empirical evidence along all dimensions Applies testing skills in performing any activity Pushes for earlier testing and tighter feedback loops Meets their stakeholders where they live
  17. 17. New Paths Image courtesy of Nana B Agyei http://www.flickr.com/photos/nanagyei/4576996659/ Licensed Under Creative Commons Attribution

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