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You Can't Spell Agile Testing without ET

Session Leaders: Lanette Creamer, Matt Barcomb



1) 60min: lecture with 1 or 2 small group activities


2) 120min: workshop with more hands-on concrete application


Audience Level: Novice/Practitioner


Session Style: Presentation(60min) or Workshop (120min)


Do you ever get a creeping feeling there is more to agile development than test automation and clean code? Have you wondered about broader quality considerations beyond the stories cards? Have you tried to use structured exploratory testing to better inform quality issues, but struggled with how it works in an agile context? If so, then what you need is a refreshing aromatic blend of exploratory and agile approaches!


Matt Barcomb and Lanette Creamer share their ideas, experiences and approaches on how agile teams can visualize quality both at and beyond the story level as well as share the results of testing outcomes with stakeholders. Learn what exploratory charters are and how to make them adaptive test ideas. Discover how agile teams can integrate exploratory testing techniques in an iterative incremental way, syncing to changes in the product dynamically. Finally, take away techniques for involving the whole team in setting priorities for holistic quality initiatives.


Session Leader Backgrounds:

Matt Barcomb is passionate about building collaborative cross-functional teams, the out-of-doors, puns and providing holistic sustainable solutions to organizations trying to improve. Matt started programming as a wee lad and eventually wound up getting paid for it. It took him nearly 10 years before he realized that the "people problem" was the biggest issue facing most software development. Since then he has spent his time and energy trying to find interesting ways of making the business-software universe a better place to work, play and do business. Matt currently resides in Cleveland and is employed with LeanDog where he keeps especially busy with organizational transformations, and shares his insights on his blog http://blog.risingtideharbor.com/.


Lanette Creamer likes testing software even more than Diet Coke and cats. After working for a decade at Adobe, including leading coordinated testing across products on the Creative Suites, Lanette jumped into consulting, working independently as Spark Quality LLC. Throughout her career, Lanette has evangelized advancement of real-time human thought above process solutions in software quality. Testing should be customized, using a context appropriate balance of automation, and tool assisted creative black box techniques to get effective coverage. Deeply passionate about collaboration, she believes it is a powerful solution when facing complex technical challenges. Lanette is an active participant in the testing community, and a writer in her well known TestyRedhead blog, on Twitter, and occasionally in industry magazines and technical papers.


Session History:

This session will have been given at Agile & Beyond in a 45 minute "survey" format, at STAR East in 60 minute lecture format and Agile Dev Practices West as a half-day workshop.


Session Leader Name(s) : Lanette CreamerMatt Barcomb


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