A Testers Guide To the Galaxy

A Testers Guide To the Galaxy

Who am I to write this blog?

I've been in the testing game for app. 12 years now and in the agile game for more then 14 years, started out as a part time tester in internal test projects, moved on to a role as full time tester doing automation, took my ISEB foundation, moved on the consulting world, now as test coordinator, became part of an agile project, added certified SCRUM Master to my CV, got my ISTQB ATM exam, moved on to role as Test Manager. Recently I have moved more and more into the agile game, adding CAT Certified Agile Tester, ISTQB CTFL Agile Tester Extension and SAFe Agilist to the list of certifications. So now I act more as a trainer (CAT, ISTQB CTFL & CTFL AT) and agile coach!

I simply want to share my thoughts on agile and testing and all thats connected with it.
Feel free to comment on my thoughts!

AgileTestingDays day 1 - Highlights

ConferencesPosted by Søren Wassard Wed, November 12, 2014 11:25:28

Live long and prosper…

No, it’s not Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock but is might as well have been ;o)

It’s Janet Gregory and Lisa Crispin delivering the first keynote @AgileTD, and of cause they do it the way they always do; with a great show.

They’ve left the Enterprise for a couple of days to be with us and talk about the future; Welcome to the future! Preparing for our agile testing journey…

Janet and Lisa stated that we do not know what the future will bring, but that we will get hit by it faster than we imagine, and the speed in which we get hit is increasing.

So how can we as testers mitigate that? By adapting to change! Or as Gunnery Sergeant Highway states it; Improvise, adapt and overcome! We need to change the way we work, we need to be willing to update our skills set, not be afraid to step on to uncharted territory. Lisa and Janet came with a metaphor; Be a Rubik’s cube – get it? Make sure that you have enough skills to match the current context!

They also talked about communication. We are getting lazy, and that has an impact on our ability to communicate, which again leads to misinterpretations and misunderstandings. Too many people call colleagues or writes e-mails to them even thou they are co-located in the same building! The message is; Avoid time consuming and potential misleading communication by getting on your feet, go to your co-worker and talk to them face to face!

Over the years they have also through many projects picked up that even though the projects have been agile, not the right things were done – why? Because the user stories weren’t aligned! So by introducing Impact mapping and Story mapping you can mitigate that, and make sure that only stories which contribute to the final goal are done.

Next up was Kristoffer Nordström who talked about “The struggle of my identity and how I got developers to start testing”.

Kristoffer gave a good talk about how he his entire work life has struggled to be confident in what he was doing. He has always felt that when he entered a new company, project, group, team, whatever, he found himself uncertain whether he could do the job, could match the apparently cool and intelligent people he was surrounded by. This feeling of having to fake something and the fear of being revealed as a fake has been hunting him. But it turns out that approximately 75% of all people feel the same!

So it’s something deep inside us that does this. Kristoffer’s advice was to be true to yourself, remember who you are, in an agile team; pick up that test flag and carry it proudly!

In the same stream followed Allessandra Moreira. She has always been working in traditional waterfall projects with the classic “over the wall” hand over process. So she was a classic tester, with a classic testers mindset when she first joint an agile team, and had to re-invent herself completely. She now faced the challenge of having to take on new skills, become more of a testing coach then a tester, and let go of the “quality gate keeper” equivalent to Gandalf; “You shall not pass”, because suddenly it was okay to “pass” as long as we knew what we were passing into production!

But she overcame, change her mindset and some 18 months later they were running agile!


- Technical skills are NOT the most important skills – soft skills are more important

- A testers job is NOT to ensure quality – a tester is a skilled investigator which can highlight risks and provide information about quality

Last session I want to highlight is the TenKod workshop on automated mobile app testing.

Emil Simeonov gave a good intro to their eclipse based product EZ TestApp, and it’s definitely something worth looking into. Its capture/replay on both simulated as well as real devices! You can even capture on a simulation and replay on a real device – cool!

So that’s something I really want to dig further into!!!

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