S11-Pre-4: An Agile Tester’s Guide to Navigating an Iteration

Track: Pre-Conference Workshop

Did you ever wonder what a tester does on an Agile team? There are no formal written requirements documents from which to create test cases, and the features aren’t complete before they need to be tested. It can be confusing for testers and new Agile development project teams who often don’t understand how beneficial having a tester can be to the overall success of the project.

Attend and follow an Agile tester through a typical two-week iteration. We start with how testers contribute during release and iteration planning, and then follow a tester from the start, through to the end of an iteration to see what activities he does and how he adds value. Exercises and discussions will reinforce the learning. Finally, we will examine the Agile tester’s role in a successful release, including the end game, UAT, packaging, and documentation.

If you want to know how to get all your stories, including all testing tasks, done by the end of each interaction you will want to attend. Furthermore, any tester who is struggling to understand their role on an Agile team, functional managers, or other members of an agile team such developers, iteration managers or product owners will walk a way with valuable information.

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Session Speaker:

Janet GregoryJanet Gregory – Software Process Quality Consultant, DragonFire, Inc.
The co-author of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Agile Testers and Teams, Janet Gregory is a consultant who specializes in helping teams build quality systems using Agile methods. Based in Calgary, Canada, Janet’s greatest passion is promoting Agile quality processes. As tester or coach she has helped introduce Agile development practices into companies and has successfully transitioned several traditional test teams into the Agile world. Her focus is working with business users and testers to understand their roles in agile projects. Janet teaches courses on agile testing and is a frequent speaker at Agile and testing software conferences around the world.