15-10/6: Workshop: 10 Things Your Stakeholders Need to Know About Testing (but don’t!)

Track/s: Leadership

There are so many ways that stakeholders and executives misunderstand, misdirect, and misuse testing, and it doesn’t seem we are making enough progress as a community to educate these key players in software development. In truth, we’re all ambassadors for testing and it’s our collective job to educate our colleagues and organizations about best utilizing testing as we increase our testing acumen and maturity ourselves. It’s unlikely we can learn all the lessons at once, but moving along a trajectory of greater maturity is a concerted effort enabled by the combined goals of education, enlightenment, and improvement.

Workshop attendees will collaborate and compile the biggest blockers to effective testing in their projects today related to stakeholder’s mandates, attitudes, and lack of knowledge. Dawn will lead the group in developing a “dialogue” to use in addressing these blockers with a goal of elevating each team and enable them to make better decisions about how to utilize testing on projects every day.

Possible Discussion Points:

    • Anyone can test software
    • Detailed documentation is testing
    • We can test everything or we’ll test until there are no more defects
    • Testing is not an engineering discipline and doesn’t require engineering knowledge or tools to be more efficient
    • Counting test cases is a meaningful thing
    • Counting defects is a meaningful thing
    • When developers test, it’s just redundant testing (which that testing group is doing anyway, right?)
    • Testing is only about test execution
    • Progress of testing matters
    • Test results don’t persist change

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Session Speaker:

Dawn HaynesDawn Haynes is CEO, testing coach and consultant for PerfTestPlus, Inc. As a highly regarded trainer of software testers, Dawn blends experience with a real-world view to provide testers of all levels with tools and techniques to help them generate new approaches to common and complex software testing problems. In addition to training, Dawn is particularly passionate about improving the state of testing across the industry by engaging with testers through writing, social media, trainings, meetups and testing conferences worldwide.

Highlighted as a woman of influence in Software Test and Performance magazine in January 2010, Dawn was honored to share her philosophy of testing with twelve other top international women in the field of testing. Dawn has over 30 years of experience in development, delivery and support of hardware and software systems, from small business operations to large corporate enterprises representing key verticals such as custom and commercial software, insurance and healthcare. Dawn holds a BSBA in MIS with a minor in programming from Northeastern University, and is a member of the ACM, ASQ, ATD, and IEEE. Dawn is also a founding member of the International Society for Software Testing, and a lifetime member, former Secretary and Director of the Association for Software Testing.